VAN, Turkey, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Chairman and Amiri Diwan's Advisor Abdullah Al-Maatouq on Friday opened the Kuwaiti-funded "Humanitarian Leader" village in the eastern Turkish city of Van.
In 2011, a destructive earthquake hit the city, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. It has a long history as a major urban area.
NEW YORK, Nov 10 (KUNA) -- Kuwait has set aside donations totaling USD 6.4 million to various UN agencies for 2015, it was announced on Monday.
Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi made the announcement at the UN Pledging Conference for Development Activities.
The announcement by Kuwait that tens of thousands of stateless people in the country known as the Bidun might be able to obtain “economic citizenship” of the Union of the Comoros, an impoverished archipelago off eastern Africa, is a shameless betrayal of Kuwait's international human rights obligations, said Amnesty International.
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the celebration in honour of the Amir of Kuwait, delivered by Abdullah al Matouq, the Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait, in Cairo today:
I thank the League of Arab States for hosting today’s event in Cairo to honour the Amir of Kuwait for his contribution to humanitarian assistance. The United Nations strongly appreciates the leadership of His Highness the Amir in bringing people together to advance the humanitarian agenda.
BAGHDAD, 29 October 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed a ten-person emergency team of telecommunications and logistics experts in Iraq to ensure humanitarian partners are equipped with the means to provide rapid delivery of aid to people in need.
After 50 days of violence, Gaza became in desperate need for urgent relief operations to salvage communities affected by the crisis, and rebuild and repair the wiped-out buildings and damaged infrastructure in the Strip.
Local and foreign humanitarian agencies were called on to mobilise their resources and staff to respond to the urgent needs in the Strip, and among the first organisations to rush to the scene was the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) who succeeded in delivering basic and vital aid like food, medications and other health services to many Palestinian families.
10/12/2014 - 19:49 GMT
by Jo Biddle and Jay Deshmukh
International donors pledged about $5.4 billion in aid to the devastated Gaza Strip on Sunday and urged Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace efforts.
The conference in Cairo aimed at financing the reconstruction of swathes of Gaza destroyed in a 50-day July-August war between Israel and Hamas.
"The participants pledged approximately $5.4 billion (4.3 billion euros)," said Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, reading out a closing statement at the conference which Norway co-hosted.
7 October 2014 - The almost 4-year long conflict in Syria has left the health system severely disrupted, and devastated the country in terms of available health professionals as the numbers have dwindled to approximately 45% of those active before 2011. As a result, hundreds of thousands of civilians are being exposed to acute health threats.
Alia lives in Mouadamiya, Rural Damascus – an area which was under siege for almost 2 years. She stayed in her house with her family, deprived of sufficient food, water and medicines for her heart condition.
DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.
By Yasmine El-Sabawi
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Ambassador to Washington Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah presented on Wednesday a USD 1 million donation for American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) to help the Palestinian children.
The organization enjoys a long partnership with the State of Kuwait in building schools for, and supplying medicines, food and clothing to, the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.
KUWAIT, Sept 12 (KUNA) -- A medical team from the Kuwait Medical Association (KMA) left for Gaza on Friday to offer treatment and medical supplies to victims of the last Israeli aggression on the Strip. The team includes 12 doctors, of various specializations, a member of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), and another from the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate, said KMA Chairman Mohammad Al-Mutairi in a press statement.
(New York, 9 September 2014) : The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, paid tribute today to His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, for his leading support to humanitarian causes around the world.
The Secretary-General presented His Highness with a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing the Amir’s role as a leader and supporter of the United Nations humanitarian work.
Seven boxes of assorted medical items donated by Dr. Sana Rashed Al Fadala, Chairman and CEO of Taiba Hospital and IMS arrived in the country on September 2, 2014 to bolster Government’s effort in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. The items were donated at the initiative of Liberian Ambassador accredited to Kuwait, H.E. Konah K. Blackett.
GENEVA, Aug 29 (KUNA) -- Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan expressed appreciation to the timely USD five million donation made by the state of Kuwait to combat the spread of Ebola virus in West Africa.
Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.
The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).
GENEVA, Aug 30 (KUNA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) lauded here Saturday Kuwait's generous donation of USD 1.5 million to the victims of the violence in northern Iraq.
A letter from WHO's Director General Margaret Chan to Kuwait Permanent Delegate at the United Nations Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, expressed the organization's sincere gratitude towards Kuwait's support, stressing that the money would be used to help those affected by the violence.
21 August 2014, Geneva -- A US$45 million donation to the World Health Organization from Kuwait has saved the lives and addressed the health needs of millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria, a new WHO report says.
The much needed funds have been used to provide essential health care in both government- and opposition-controlled areas within Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries struggling to cope with 2.9 million Syrians who have taken refuge in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey.
AMMAN, Aug 18 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Higher Committee for Syrian Refugees Relief began Monday providing food aid to Syrian refugees living at various areas in the Kingdom.
The food aid, valued at USD 3,850, will be distributed in 9,400 packages that are presented by Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs within the framework of the urgent relief program for the Syrian people.
KHARTOUM, Aug 13 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Direct Aid Society has provided urgent relief aid to about 1,500 Sudanese families whose houses were swept away by recent torrential rains and floods. "The aid is meant to alleviate the suffering of the affected people and provide them with their urgent needs," Director of Direct Aid Society's Bureau here Alman Sidati told KUNA Wednesday.
CAIRO, Aug 12 (KUNA) -- A third plane-load of relief aid, consisting of 20 tons of medicine, sent by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to the Palestinian people in Gaza, touched down here on Tuesday. With this shipment, KRCS will have sent up to 40 tons of relief aid to the beleaguered people in Gaza, said KRCS mission chief here in Cairo, Khaled Al-Zaid,in a statement to KUNA. He said KRCS volunteers were ready to deliver the relief aid to the Palestinian health ministry officials to be distributed in Gaza, in coordination with Egyptian authorities at Rafah crossing.