General Assembly of HOPE'87

On October 20th the annual General Assembly of HOPE’87 took place at the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv (“Royal Archives”) in Vienna. This year’s meeting counted with the presence of a record number of members, guests and representatives of the diplomatic community and partner NGO present. 

In his speech the Chairman of HOPE’87, Ambassador Dr. Helmut Böck, referred to the global economic crisis in 2009 and the decline of donations which was successfully answered by the General Secretariat with soft austerity measures guaranteeing all jobs at HQ as well as in the Branch Offices and at the same time ensuring the same high quality of work.
The Chairman also pointed out the importance of the work of the Branch Office Manager being the backbone of the organisation providing fast relief through emergency aid projects in case of catastrophes, such as in flood stricken Pakistan, as well as through highly efficient development projects.
Ambassador Böck underlined that development work and emergency aid cannot be seen anymore as isolated projects, but in the wider context of global cooperation in order to contribute to the achievement of the UN MDG, based on tangible results and on objectively verifiable indicators.

The Secretary General of HOPE’87, Robert Ottitsch, informed the General Assembly that the financial situation had eased again since the last quarter of 2009 which gives, with a number of recently signed contracts,  hope for a record revenue to be obtained in 2010. This is especially due to new alliances that had been formed, new Branch Offices which started successfully their work and to the professional development of the emergency aid sector within the organisation.

Taking the floor, the Ambassador of Pakistan, H.E. Khurchid Anwar, accompanied by the First Secretary of the Embassy, Mr. Ishtiak Ahmed Akil, expressed his Government’s gratitude for the long term engagement of HOPE’87 in Pakistan, ranging from emergency aid for earthquake victims in 2005, to the support of Internally Displaced People (IDP) in the aftermath of the armed conflict in Swat in 2009, to the flood victims of 2010. This emergency aid together with the multitude of development projects such as in KPK and Northern Areas provides a truly partnership based cooperation.

The General Assembly approved all reports and expressed its support of the Board and the General Secretariat of HOPE’87.