CANCUN, MEXICO -- The UAE has stressed the readiness of its national emergencies, crises and disasters system, and highlighted the adoption of a unified strategy by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA, to guarantee the security and safety of the public and property, and to be recognized for its regional and international role, as well as its continuous giving as a donor country, for rescue and humanitarian aid.

The statement came as part of the UAE's official speech, delivered by Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Hosani, Director-General of NCEMA, at the United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, which ended yesterday.

Dr. Al Hosani highlighted the UAE's experience in reducing and combatting risks and threats during disasters and crises. He also spoke about the competence of NCEMA, in co-operation with its strategic partners from relevant authorities, local and federal authorities and the private sector.

He stressed that the UAE, through its specialised authorities and institutions, and its national authorities in charge of drafting national strategies for emergency, crisis and disaster management, has drafted a national plan to meet the required standards to evaluate NCEMA's procedures, with the aim of adopting a unified national strategy to guarantee the creation of a comprehensive work methodology by relevant national authorities. He added that the plan also aims to provide a support mechanism for UAE citizens and residents to address emergency, crisis and disaster situations, while highlighting the role of the media and its importance in addressing all types of emergencies, crises and disasters.

He highlighted that the government has placed mechanisms for co-ordinating with ministries, authorities and relevant civil federal institutions to establish 24-hour operation centres that work throughout the week, to be ready to address emergency, crisis and disaster situations. He added that these mechanisms also aim to implement vital strategic projects on food, water, medical supplies and fuel storage through co-operation and co-ordination with relevant ministries, authorities and centres in the country, and in neighbouring countries.

Dr. Al Hosni stressed that the UAE has promoted its regional and international role by signing international agreements and conventions and by prompting its giving as a donor country, in terms of rescue and humanitarian aid, placing it in first position in the list of donor countries, in comparison to its national income. He also noted that the government has signed a series of agreements and memorandums of understanding with several local and federal authorities and organisations inside the UAE, with the aim of developing policies and procedures in emergency, crisis and disaster situations, as well as other agreements with Arab and foreign countries to exchange their experiences and organise training programmes. He also mentioned the drafting of a regional emergency plan for GCC countries and contributing to the establishment of the GCC Emergency Management Centre, as well as the ongoing co-operation with the League of Arab States.

Source: Emirates News Agency