IICO reiterates crucial role of charity organizations, initiatives
The multitude of humanitarian crises and the escalating dangers revealed the importance of the initiatives and programs adopted by charity, donor, and humanitarian institutions, said Chairman of the Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr Abdullah AlMaatouq.
Maatouq made the statement at the opening of the second conference for the donor institutions in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states in Manama yesterday. These programs and initiatives reflect an image of civilized practices of the society, the Kuwaiti Amiri Diwan Advisor said during the session. Maatouq is the honorary president of the OIC conference.
According to the UN Humanitarian Envoy, the UN endorsement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda gave a momentum to these humanitarian societies and organizations. The practices and applications of the institutional humanitarian and social work are no longer a luxury or a national affair, but a human necessity, playing a leading role to contribute to sustainable development, he said.
Maatouq lauded the significant role of the donor bodies in the Arab and Islamic countries, both government and private.
They have been playing a great role through partnerships and positive interaction with people’s social needs both at home and overseas, he said.
He highly appreciated the GCC charity and humanitarian organizations for launching a multitude of relief and development projects, which have had positive effects, both on the regional and the global scenes.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Bahrain Shura Council Ali bin Saleh Al-Saleh addressed the conference on the numerous crises that have hit the Arab nation. He said that they have necessitated a positive and professional response, through effective partnerships, to them to fulfill the needs of those harmed by wars and disasters.
Saleh reaffirmed the major role of the donor institutions, both official and private ones, amid the current situation. He called for improving the efficiency of these institutions to fulfill their role, through building human and institutional capabilities, working in line with the internationally acknowledged criteria. Addressing the conference, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Humanitarian Fund (OICHF), Dr Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Hassan Al-Thani, stressed the necessity of establishing a strong and effective partnership among the Arab donor institutions to consolidate the charity efforts.
He added that the Manama gathering, and the intensive meetings that preceded it, reflected the achievements realized for supporting the humanitarian and charity efforts around the globe. The conference organized by the OICHF to discuss the best methods and practices for managing donor institutions.
The donor institutions later conferred an annual award for exemplary work towards global relief efforts to Maatouq, who expressed gratitude for being the recipient of the 2016 edition of this ‘prestigious prize.’
Moreover, he noted that the prize is an honor for Kuwait and the country’s diligent humanitarian efforts, underscoring the nation’s penchant for philanthropy and illustrious history of benevolence. He pressed the international community and humanitarian organizations to step up efforts to put an end to destruction and violence in Syria and other nations embroiled in war. On an aid campaign earmarked for the people of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, Maatouq said that Kuwait is eager to lend a helping hand to the hapless victims of a war that has remained unabated. The Chairman of IICO also thanked Bahrain for the country’s contributions to humanitarian causes, as the Gulf island nation has hosted numerous events dealing with human rights.
On a related note, donor institutions of the OIC have bestowed a similar prize upon Kuwait’s Zakat House, in addition to other awards given to other Arab and global institutions. The conference featured various sessions over practices and methods to better manage donor institutions. — KUNA
MANAMA: Chairman of the Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr Abdullah Al-Maatouq speaks during the conference. — KUNA