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UN refugee agency to honour Sheikha Fatima

04 April 2001 , 08:27338
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees yesterday said that the organisation will decorate Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President's wife and Chairperson of the UAE Women's Federation, with the UNHCR's gold medal.

Nasr Ishaq, director of the Unhcr's office in the UAE, said that the medal which is awarded to prominent personalities around the world will be given to Sheikha Fatima for her outstanding support for refugee issues and alleviating their suffering. He said that Maureen Conolly, Deputy Director of the UNHCR's office in Central Asian and North Africa and the Middle East, will arrive here to give the award to Sheikha Fatima.

He added that Conolly will also discuss with Sheikha Fatima ways of strengthening the activities of the Women Refugees Fund which was created under Sheikha Fatima's initiative in March last year. Ishaq praised Sheikha Fatima for her efforts in supporting the fund and rejuvenating its role. Sheikha Fatima donated $300,000 to the fund after its creation, becoming the first donor to the new fund worldwide.


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