Maryam Al Hammadi, Director of the Big Heart Foundation, confirmed that the natural disasters caused by the phenomenon of climate change caused human tragedies that exceeded the size of the tragedies caused by wars and conflicts. In the displacement of about 9.8 million people around the world, noting that these numbers will witness significant increases this year as a result of fires and floods that swept different parts of the world.
Al Hammadi’s statement came on the occasion of the International Day for Humanitarian Action, which falls on August 19 of each year, which this year discusses the humanitarian challenges caused by climate change, represented by displacement, asylum, poverty, and the loss of services and infrastructure. In it: “The time is running out and immediate measures must be taken to save the most vulnerable segments.”
Al Hammadi indicated that the Big Heart Foundation, under the directives of the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, President of the Big Heart Foundation, is working in cooperation with international and regional humanitarian organizations to develop response strategies so that these organizations can continue relief work with great effectiveness in regions and countries. affected. Maryam Al Hammadi indicated that the “Big Heart” responded to various global challenges during the years 2020 and 2021, including the humanitarian challenges caused by the phenomenon of climate change, as it implemented about 39 projects worldwide, targeting in large part the victims of floods and natural disasters and the effects they caused. Negative impact on the industrial, security and protection sectors in many needy countries, which doubled the number of the poor, the unemployed and the displaced alike.