Maa­touq urges global ac­tion to end hu­man suf­fer­ing in con­flict zones

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

MANAMA: Chair­man of the Kuwait-based In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Maa­touq has urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to act swiftly to end suf­fer­ing of trau­ma­tized peo­ple in hot spots around the world.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of the Sev­enth An­nual Con­fer­ence for Ef­fec­tive Part­ner­ships and In­for­ma­tion Shar­ing For Bet­ter Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ac­tion, cur­rently held in Manama, Maa­touq called for the en­force­ment of rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional laws to pro­tect civil­ians in con­flict zones.

Vi­o­la­tors of in­ter­na­tional laws should be held ac­count­able to their ac­tions, he ac­cen­tu­ated. Al-Maa­touq, also UN Spe­cial En­voy for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs and Ad­vi­sor to the Kuwait Amiri Di­wan, called for in­creas­ing ef­forts to share the bur­den of Syr­ian, Iraqi and Ye­meni refugees with the host­ing coun­tries. He stressed the need for in­no­va­tive and sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to help peo­ple af­fected by con­flicts and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Mean­while, Maa­touq ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Sheikh Nasser Al-Khal­ifa, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Bahrain’s King for char­i­ta­ble ac­tion and youth af­fairs, for hon­or­ing and award­ing him Sheikh Nasser Prize for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ac­tion on Mon­day.

The prize is granted to fig­ures and in­sti­tu­tions pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and char­i­ta­ble ser­vices for needy peo­ple. Up to 250 of­fi­cials work­ing in hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion, and char­i­ta­ble and relief in­sti­tu­tions are tak­ing part in the two-day event.

The con­fer­ence aims to boost in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and part­ner­ships amongst hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Mid­dle East re­gion as well as share ini­tia­tives and ideas re­gard­ing set­tling dis­putes, and em­pow­er­ing youth and fe­males. —KUNA

MANAMA: IICO Chair­man Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Maa­touq is hon­ored dur­ing the Sev­enth An­nual Con­fer­ence for Ef­fec­tive Part­ner­ships and In­for­ma­tion Shar­ing For Bet­ter Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ac­tion. —KUNA

NEW YORK: Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi hands over the do­na­tion’s check to the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of UNICEF An­thony Lake. —KUNA

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