UNDP and RTA to Cooperate on Humanitarian and Development Projects

Oct 17, 2017

SEP 2017, Dubai (UAE) – Mr. Frode Mauring and Mr. Mattar Al Tayer at the MOU signing ceremony © UNDP UAE/ Liga Lice da Costa

Dubai, October, 2017 – the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Roads and Transport Authority - Dubai (RTA) to cooperate in enhancing the effectiveness of development efforts.

UNDP Resident Representative to the United Arab Emirates, Frode Mauring signed it on behalf of UNDP while RTA was represented by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.

In the signed agreement, both parties pledge to work together to develop a platform for UAE locals and residents to volunteer in managing humanitarian projects in different countries; cooperate and explore ways of establishing centers of excellence in infrastructure development and also provide support to other countries in RTA’s areas of expertise.

Mattar Al Tayer said he was delighted with the agreement with the UNDP, as “it concurs with the announcement of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declaring 2017 as the Year of Giving in the UAE. It also reflects the noble values of the UAE community, which gives much weight to social responsibility and the spirit of collaboration with community members.”

Frode Mauring welcomed the signing of the agreement by stating that “at times of several grave and protracted humanitarian crises happening in various parts of the world, UNDP and UN agencies need to efficiently respond to the increasing calls for humanitarian aid. Often, what those struck by humanitarian crises need is rebuilding and reconstruction of infrastructure. Same applies to developing countries. I believe that this partnership will bring UNDP’s established expertise in humanitarian field together with RTA’s technical expertise in infrastructure development to devise and advocate for innovative and sustainable solutions to humanitarian challenges.”

The agreement also foresees arranging a session within Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIMF) about humanitarian projects. “I am excited to take part in the Dubai International Project Management Forum. It is in these knowledge sharing platforms that expertise can be exchanged and best practices are shown. I commend RTA's role in co-organising this event, and reiterate UNDP's readiness to support these important initiatives,” added Frode Mauring.

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