Norwegian Air Shuttle is celebrating its tenth anniversary of partnering with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) this month. By the end of September, it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a UNICEF livery. The plane’s first mission will be to carry 44 tons of humanitarian aid cargo to Djibouti, from where it will be shipped across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen.
Norwegian has already flown humanitarian flights for UNICEF. The airline has a B737 in UNICEF livery that has carried out three humanitarian flights in the past three years. These flights include trips to the Central African Republic, Jordan, and Mali.
Unicef has several refugee camps in Djibouti, including one of the largest in the world dedicated to Yemeni refugees. Djibouti is also the closest safe point to transport aid to Yemen.
Norwegian’s Founder and CEO Bjørn Kjos will join the flight to help offload the cargo and visit with refugees. Ten passengers will also be allowed to fly with the plane. The chosen passengers each placed a bid on a travel package, the proceeds of which will go to UNICEF. There are no more packages available.
- 9:00-12:00: Visit UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen and load 44 tons of cargo
- 12:00-13:00: Celebrate the unveiling of Norwegian’s UNICEF 787
- 13:00: Begin flight to Djibouti
- 21:00: Arrival in Djibouti and offloading of cargo
- 13:00 Flight back to Copenhagen
Djibouti has so far played a key role in responding to humanitarian crises in its region.
“The delivery of food, vaccines, drugs, and other life-saving assistance to address emergencies depends on the logistics facilities that Djibouti offers to UN agencies,” said World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley. “Djibouti plays and will continue to play a key role in providing vital logistics for responses to both emergencies and development needs.”
“Here in Djibouti and everywhere, investing in nutrition is one of the most cost-effective ways governments can protect children’s lives and futures, and support the long-term growth of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “This means working together across sectors – including health, water, hygiene and sanitation, agriculture, and even social protection – to reach every child at risk. We encourage Djibouti to join the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, and join the growing global movement to end malnutrition in all its forms.”
“[Djibouti] has made significant progress to improve people’s health, particularly among women and children,” says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization. “Equitable and efficient health programs are essential, especially reinforcing Universal Health Coverage and intensifying the fight against possible epidemics, such as cholera, by effective surveillance and preparedness.”
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