The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today signed a regional Memorandum of Understanding to support joint advocacy, capacity development, and resource mobilization for the coordinated national level implementation of anticipatory action in response to climate shocks in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, an increase of about 46 million since 2020 and 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic (1), according to a United Nations report that provides fresh evidence that the world is moving further away from its goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

The Pearl Initiative, a leading Gulf-based, business-led, non-profit organisation, launched two collaborative working groups of leading corporate partners for anti-corruption and diversity & inclusion. This is in line with the organisation’s commitment and updated strategy PI Vision 2025, to engage businesses and drive collective action for companies across the Gulf region in embracing, adopting, and implementing a stronger corporate governance structure.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) for a flexible, multilateral contribution of US$10 million to support humanitarian operations addressing critical food security needs. This contribution comes as a result of pledges made by the State of Qatar during the 2018 Doha Forum to provide resources worth $500 million to support United Nations organizations.

The Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) concluded a training workshop for its members recently, in cooperation with Mind Resilience Training (MRT). The workshop's overarching goal was to train participants how to transform their thoughts and emotional well-being in order to better overcome personal and professional challenges and boost their confidence in various disciplines.