NEW YORK – 9 March 2022 – Today, the United Arab Emirates announced a commitment of USD 85 million to support humanitarian operations in Ethiopia. In coordination with the Famine Relief Fund, the contribution will be disbursed to several agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The announcement was made during a briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Martin Griffiths on the Drought in the Horn of Africa.

On the contribution, H.H. Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State, said: “The UAE attaches great importance to the stability of the Horn of Africa. The impact of climate change on the region has intensified the humanitarian situation. Therefore, the commitment we have made today will ensure that humanitarian agencies are better equipped to support the regions that need immediate assistance.”

The UAE’s contribution will build on the work of the “Emirates Red Crescent” (ERC) and Khalifa Foundation, which includes a series of air-bridge flights and a relief ship to provide assistance to people affected by drought in Somalia.