Saudi Arabia Hosts International Humanitarian Forum to Generate Commitments and Reduce Suffering Globally

from Government of Saudi Arabia
Published on 15 Feb 2018

Representatives from many nations, including more than 65 UN and international and regional NGOs, will attend the Feb 26-27 event organised by KSrelief

RIYADH, February 15 (CIC) – Riyadh will host Saudi Arabia’s first International Humanitarian Forum on February 26-27. The objective of the forum is to provide a “unique opportunity to look at changing global humanitarian needs and to formulate new practical and efficient responses”, according to organizers.

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) is organizing the two-day event to help “build on the conclusions of previous international forums and strengthen and generate commitments to help reduce suffering and to deliver assistance more efficiently to those in need”.

The event, which will be patronized by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, will bring together the most experienced, current and knowledgeable professionals and key decisionmakers in the humanitarian community, KSrelief said in a statement.

The forum will also host representatives from many nations, including , many civil societies and non-governmental organizations, and partners – including the heads of international humanitarian agencies, the private sector, academia and specialized research groups.

KSrelief said the attendees will “review and adapt previous humanitarian initiatives to reflect the latest developments and realities in the field to better serve the victims of conflict, including refugees and others in need of urgent assistance’’.

Saudi Arabia has long been a regional leader in humanitarian affairs and has demonstrated a profound commitment to supporting those most in need across the world. To promote this inspirational humanitarian spirit the Kingdom established the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in 2015.

Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor – Royal Court and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, said at a press conference on Thursday that KSrelief has implemented 328 projects in 38 countries to date. “The majority of our programs have focused on Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Somalia. KSrelief’s 119 humanitarian partners include UN member agencies as well as many other international and national NGOs. The main project sectors served by the centre are: Food Security, Health (with special focus on Women and Children), Nutrition, Water and Sanitation and Education, along with some special projects – one of which provides rehabilitation services for former child soldiers in Yemen.

“KSrelief is also very active in refugee programs; among these is a project, near completion, of a 300-unit residential village in Djibouti to house Yemeni refugees and provide them with school and health care facilities. The Kingdom has also received 561,000 Yemenis, 262,000 Syrians and 249,000 Rohingya from Burma. These visitors are welcomed into Saudi society and have access to public health care, education and employment opportunities.”

The main areas the forum would cover include funding capacities for humanitarian work, innovation and reform in the humanitarian sector and localization of aid.


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