Hilale visited UNICEF’s supply warehouse in Copenhagen, the largest humanitarian warehouse in the world.
Rabat – Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, Omar Hilale, has visited Denmark to inspect the Supply Division Warehouse of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Hilale is president of UNICEF’s executive board and made the visit with the secretary of the executive board, Hai Kyung Jun of South Korea, on Friday, August 16.
The ambassador visited the warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, to “ensure that its activities meet the needs and priorities of children and their families,” according to state-run news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Hilale met the warehouse’s director, Etleva Kadilli, who spoke with him about the warehouse’s work.
UNICEF’s mission is “to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential.” The UN organization operates in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s health and education.
The organization also works with children facing conflict and disaster. The Copenhagen warehouse provides 38 different kits, many of which are used in emergency situations. After assembling the kits, UNICEF sends them to “remote schools, health posts or camps,” according to MAP.
With over 20,000 square meters, the UNICEF warehouse is the largest humanitarian warehouse in the world. UNICEF bases its supply division in Copenhagen but also has warehouses in Panama and the UAE.
UNICEF is currently working in Morocco with the Ministry of Health to reduce child mortality, especially among Morocco’s rural population and the poor. The 2011 National Survey of Population and Family Health (ENPSF) found that children born in rural areas are more likely than those born in urban areas to die before their fifth birthday.
Children born into the poorest 20% of the Moroccan population are twice as likely to die before their first birthday as those born into the wealthiest 20%.
Ambassador Hilale will address the next UNICEF meeting in New York in September to report on his visit to Copenhagen.