Kuwait con­tin­ues to ‘over­come’ chal­lenges fac­ing vi­tal re­lief aid

‘Kuwait al­ways ready to help dis­as­ter vic­tims world­wide’

Arab Times - - LO­CAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 13, (KUNA): Kuwait con­tin­ued to pro­vide vi­tal hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for refugees and peo­ple in need in the re­gion in the past few days through sup­port to var­i­ous in­sti­tutes and so­ci­eties over­com­ing chal­lenges fac­ing such im­por­tant field.

Dur­ing the past week, the Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral for the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UN­RWA), Pierre Kra­hen­buhl, praised Gulf coun­tries for their con­tri­bu­tion to help the UN agency to over­come its fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties fol­low­ing the US cut of fi­nan­cial al­lo­ca­tions to UN­RWA. “In ad­di­tion to the EU and its mem­ber states, the Gulf coun­tries played a very cru­cial role in the cur­rent pos­i­tive dy­namic. The four ma­jor Gulf coun­tries, Qatar Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE and Kuwait have con­trib­uted $50 mil­lion each.

So we have re­ceived pledges of $200 mil­lion from Gulf coun­tries for our core ac­tiv­i­ties. This is un­prece­dented and out­stand­ing,” he told a news con­fer­ence in Brus­sels.

Mean­while, Kuwait’s vol­un­tary team “She­faa” pro­vided med­i­cal care to more than 200 Syr­ian pa­tients, con­duct­ing dif­fi­cult and del­i­cate sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures dur­ing a hu­man­i­tar­ian trip to refugee camps in Jor­dan.

Me­dia co­or­di­na­tor for the 12-mem­ber med­i­cal team Tareq Al-Mulla told KUNA that the trip lasted for 10 days, dur­ing which the doc­tors con­duct nec­es­sary tests and op­er­a­tions for refugees in agree­ment with the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UN­HCR), char­i­ties and Jor­da­nian hos­pi­tals.

He pointed out that the sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion in­cluded re­moval of be­nign and ma­lig­nant tu­mors from brains of a num­ber of pa­tients, with the help of Jor­da­nian doc­tors.

Dis­as­ters

Mean­time, Kuwait has al­ways rushed to help peo­ple fac­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters around the globe, the Gulf coun­try’s top fire­man said Fri­day, cit­ing UN se­lec­tion of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as Hu­man­i­tar­ian Leader as tes­ta­ment to re­lent­less phi­lan­thropy.

Gen­eral Khaled Al-Mekrad, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Kuwait fire Ser­vices Direc­torate (KFSD), said cri­sis man­age­ment and dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion were part of the hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion.

Al-Mekrad, ad­dress­ing the ArabAfrican fo­rum for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion, said His High­ness the Amir of Kuwait has been lead­ing the coun­try’s hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts which helped al­le­vi­ate suf­fer­ing of many peo­ple fall­ing vic­tims to dis­as­ters around the world.

He said Kuwait has been co­op­er­at­ing with the UN Of­fice for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion (UNISDR) since Jan­uary 2017 to es­tab­lish a na­tional li­ai­son of­fice.

This co­op­er­a­tion was within the Sendai Frame­work for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion, or Sendai Frame­work, which is the first ma­jor agree­ment of the 2015-30 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Agenda.

Kuwait, added Al-Mekrad, in­creased na­tional aware­ness about Sendai Frame­work through or­ga­niz­ing work­shops with UNISDR.

Al-Mekrad held talks with UN of­fi­cials to dis­cuss the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Sendai Frame­work, which has seven global tar­gets and four pri­or­i­ties in ac­tion.

The pri­or­i­ties are: un­der­stand­ing dis­as­ter risk, strength­en­ing dis­as­ter risk gov­er­nance to man­age dis­as­ter risk, in­vest­ing in dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion for re­silience and en­hanc­ing dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness for ef­fec­tive re­sponse and to im­prove re­cov­ery, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­con­struc­tion.

Part of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Kuwait Div­ing Team in the cam­paign to clean the coast of Doha and Ashirj.

KUNA photo

Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral for the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UN­RWA), Pierre Kra­hen­buhl at a press con­fer­ence.

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