Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is known for her commitment to humanitarian causes. In her role as a Messenger of Peace, she is dedicated to helping raise global awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goals #2 on Zero Hunger and #1 on No Poverty.
Princess Haya founded Tikyet Um Ali (TUA) in her native Jordan, the first Arab NGO dedicated to overcoming local hunger. Towards its aim of eradicating hunger in Jordan, TUA launched the second phase of its Eradicating Extreme Poverty Project in 2017 to provide food assistance and employment opportunities to poor families.
Princess Haya also chairs Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC), now the world's largest humanitarian hub for the delivery of aid both in emergencies and for long-term development. Housing nine UN entities and 48 NGOs, the IHC facilitates and coordinates collective action with all members for an efficient emergency response to a growing number of crises across the world. It provides selected airlifts free of charge to transport aid and evacuate staff members from danger zones. Recent dispatches of aid included airlifts to Bangladesh (Rohingya crisis), sea shipments to Iraq, Niger, Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia and Mozambique, and airlifts to Uganda (South Sudan conflict).
Focus Area: Hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Ending poverty and hunger is still among the greatest global challenges facing the world. Major progress has been made – extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. However, 767 million people still live below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day. One in nine people in the world (815 million) are still undernourished. One in four of the world’s children under the age of five suffer stunted growth, and 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
In September 2015, at a historic UN Summit, world leaders from 193 countries adopted the 17 SDGs intended to mobilize efforts to eradicate all forms of poverty and hunger, to fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Goal #1 aims to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, while Goal #2 focuses on ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.