Experts from the Airbus Foundation, International Humanitarian City (IHC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) called for innovative partnerships and closer cooperation between NGOs, the public and private sector during a briefing at the Dubai Airshow. Furthermore, they highlighted the important role innovative technologies and services can play in humanitarian relief missions.
At the panel discussion, participants were briefed on how satellite imagery and analysis, versatile aircraft and helicopters could assist relief efforts. The discussion was followed by a visit to an A400M to get an inside view of the advantages this transport aircraft will bring to relief organisations in the immediate aftermath of humanitarian disasters.
“The Airbus Foundation offers products and services that can assist at every stage of a humanitarian crisis,” said Andrea Debbane, Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation. “Through the powerful partnerships that we have created within the humanitarian community, we are going to work to ensure innovations in our core technologies are implemented within the humanitarian sector. We are also discussing the importance of new and emerging technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and smart sensors for the humanitarian community.”
“The IFRC aims to respond to disasters as rapidly and effectively as possible, by mobilizing its resources and using its network,” said Ilir Caushaj, Head of Global Logistics Service Dubai at the IFRC. “Technologies such as satellite imagery can help us in assessing the situation on the ground quickly in order to deliver relief effectively. The innovative resources provided by the Airbus Foundation are of great value to the work of the IFRC.”
The Airbus Foundation, chaired by Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group, includes Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space as founding and contributing members. It is the company’s vehicle for corporate philanthropy, using the Group’s resources, aeronautic and space products, competencies, diverse workforce and culture for driving innovation to address societal issues. In particular, the Foundation supports the global humanitarian community and inspires and prepares young people for the challenges of tomorrow. Since its launch in December 2008, the Airbus Foundation has facilitated more than 40 relief or goodwill flights to numerous destinations around the globe.
A press kit with video interviews, photos and background information is available at: www.airbusgroup.com/HumanitarianPanelDubai2015
Andrea Debbane (middle), Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation, Mohamad Agha (left), Programmes and Development Director at the IHC and Ilir Caushaj (right), Head of Global Logistics Service Dubai at the IFRC, discussing with rescue workers of the IFRC advantages the A400M will bring to disaster relief missions. (c) Airbus Foundation
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