Kuwait world’s largest aid giver: Diplo­mat

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Kuwait tops the world in terms of most hu­man­i­tar­ian aid pro­vided as com­pared to na­tional in­come, a Kuwaiti diplo­mat said on Thurs­day. In a speech at a Kuwaiti for­eign min­istry-spon­sored cer­e­mony held by a con­tin­gent from the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM) to mark the 65th an­niver­sary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­cep­tion, As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for Arab Af­fairs Am­bas­sador Aziz Al-Dai­hani high­lighted Kuwait’s con­tri­bu­tions to hu­man­i­tar­ian en­deav­ors.

More­over, he re­called that Kuwait has hosted a trio of in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences over wors­en­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions in Syria, which yielded aid worth $7 bil­lion ear­marked for hu­man­i­tar­ian causes. “Kuwait has also pro­vided refuge to around 130,000 Syr­ian na­tion­als since the war in Syria first broke out,” he noted. Dai­hani also un­der­scored that sus­tained de­vel­op­ment goals for post-2015 are cru­cial to the suc­cess of the UN, adding that Kuwait is ea­ger to make sure that those goals ul­ti­mately come to fruition.

Mean­while, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment (SCPD) Dr Khaled Me­hdi said that the cer­e­mony co­in­cides with the for­ma­tion of the 2018-2019 de­vel­op­ment plan. He also noted that Kuwait strives to be a fo­cal part of UN sus­tained de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, through estab­lish­ing part­ner­ships with lead­ing global de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions in ef­forts to better serve hu­man­ity. Es­tab­lished in 1951, IOM is the lead­ing in­ter-govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion in the field of mi­gra­tion, with 166 mem­ber states and eight states hold­ing ob­server sta­tus. — KUNA

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