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UPS pledges to strengthen capacity & drive multi-sector humanitarian relief partnerships

Announces Co-hosting of Private Sector Frontiers Roundtable Series

22 March 2016
Dubai - Global logistics leader, UPS® (NYSE:UPS) celebrates today its first year of partnership with Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC). To showcase its commitment to global humanitarian relief efforts, UPS is exhibiting its efforts for a second day at the 2016 Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference (DIHAD) taking place 21-23 March.

"To better tap the many capabilities of our worldwide networks, we increased our humanitarian program by 40% worldwide this year," said Rami Suleiman, Vice President of UPS for the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region. "A combination of grants and in-kind services will go to more than 30 NGOs, non-profit organizations and United Nations (UN) agencies for a total of $14 million. And I am pleased to say that UPS is committed to the UAE. One year on, we already see concrete benefits after having signed a crucial Memorandum of Understanding with IHC. The delivery of aid to Nepal in April 2015, which took off from UAE is a perfect example."

UPS chose Dubai for its hub operations based on its strategic location linking the east and west. From the UAE, UPS supports its partners by providing crucial aid to help maintain the health, welfare and dignity of its beneficiaries and the communities responding to this crisis. Response to the Nepal disaster with $800,000 in-kind and monetary support included four UPS charter flights carrying vital supplies such as tents, plastic sheets and lanterns. With the world refugee crisis growing and the risk of other humanitarian tragedy increasing, partnerships like the UPS-IHC make a difference in a world in need of vital support when disaster strikes.

As part of a joint thought leadership effort, UPS in partnership with IHC will host the second session of the Private Sector Frontiers Roundtable. This leadership dialogue series provides an avenue for business leaders to discuss and explore recommendations to improve and reshape the humanitarian sector. The unprecedented challenges of the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak and the world refugee crisis demonstrate the need to improve the world's ability to prevent and better respond to humanitarian crises. The 19 April session will bring multi sector leaders together to develop a critical blueprint that outlines how global cities can better prepare and respond to global epidemics.

UPS Humanitarian Relief Efforts
To date, The UPS Foundation has coordinated flights from across the Middle East region to deliver relief supplies to Europe in support of refugees impacted by the migrant crisis. In 2015, the UN refugee agency UNHCR worked with UPS and the World Food Programme (WFP) to fly, from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai, UAE to Athens, Greece, 86 tons of high energy biscuits. From Amman, Jordan to the border of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UNHCR and UPS organized the delivery of relief supplies for 30,000 refugees in Greece, including 30,000 blankets, 25,000 sleeping mats and 1,000 solar lanterns.

In 2015, the UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program was recognized as the Best Disaster Relief & Community Resilience Program by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the Corporate Citizenship Awards. The Ethical Corporation also honored the UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program during the 2015 Responsible Business Awards with the Most Effective International Community Investment award.

While both awards specifically recognized UPS's successful leadership and contributions during the Ebola crisis, they also symbolize UPS's commitment to strengthening capacity and partnerships within the humanitarian relief space. UPS leverages its global transportation network and the technical expertise of UPS employees to build the capacity of non-profits and to increase collaboration among government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to create more resilient communities around the world.

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Operating in more than 220 countries and territories with a sophisticated logistics network, ground and air transportation assets, UPS dedicates its expertise, innovative technologies and resources to support communities worldwide in disaster preparedness, relief assistance and post-conflict recovery efforts. Over the years, UPS has provided everything from warehouse set-up and redesign, preparedness training, and in-country, pre-disaster assessments, to the implementation of UPS technology for supply chain management optimization during a crisis. These 'hands-on' activities effectively supplement the philanthropic support of capacity building initiatives with humanitarian relief partners.

About UPS
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at Longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2015, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world and recorded more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation.  To get UPS news direct, visitpressroom.ups.com/RSS. 

About IHC
The International Humanitarian City (IHC) was established in 2003 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It's part of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and has grown to become the world's largest and busiest logistics hub for humanitarian aid providing its services to more than 9 UN agencies and nearly 50 NGOs and commercial entities as members.

The IHC puts Dubai's expertise in transport and logistics to work for aid agencies as they reach out to help the victims of crises and families whose lives are scarred by hunger and poverty. The IHC's capabilities and strategic location "within eight hours by air to two-thirds of the world's population" have helped deliver assistance in some of the worst humanitarian crises of the past decade.

© Press Release 2016

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