This year's recipient of the UN World Food Program (WFP) 'Hunger Hero Award' is Dubai's own – Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

The award ceremony took place at the end of last week, as part of the annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, where Pharrell Williams was also in town to announce his Live Earth initiative with Al Gore. The award was presented by UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon who said: "She shines a bright spotlight on the Millennium Development Goals, especially our hunger target," as he honoured the Princess. 

Princess Haya works across a number of philanthropic causes, many of which are UN affiliated. She actively supported UN operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and sub-Saharan Africa through fundraising and publicity efforts as well as field visits. Perhaps one of her greatest achievements is the founding of Tikiyet Um Ali (TUA), the first NGO food assistance program in the Middle East. Centred in Jordan, TUA ensures that Jordanian families are provided food, when they are not able to provide for themselves, and even with the strain of an influx of refugees from neighbouring Syria, the program has been able to extend its reach threefold recently. 

WFP executive director, Ertharin Cousin, said: "Princess Haya's steadfast support for our expanded capacity and operations out of Dubai as well as her advocacy for the people we serve throughout the world are greatly appreciated," ahead of the award ceremony. Continuing to say: "She is a true champion of WFP's mission, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the future."