IICO re­it­er­ates cru­cial role of char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions, ini­tia­tives

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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.

Ex­cel­lence award

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

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