Zain par­tic­i­pates in UN Day cer­e­mony

Kuwait Times - - Local -

KUWAIT: Zain, the lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany in Kuwait, par­tic­i­pated in a special cer­e­mony that was held on the oc­ca­sion of the United Na­tions Day, which co­in­cides with the 24th of Oc­to­ber of ev­ery year. The event, held un­der the pa­tron­age of First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Ha­mad AlSabah, came as part of Zain’s strate­gic part­ner­ship with the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The cer­e­mony, held at the UN House (Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Hu­man­i­tar­ian Leader Build­ing) in Mubarak Al Ab­dul­lah Area, wit­nessed the at­ten­dance of the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tions Am­bas­sador Nasser Al-Hain, as well as Chair­man of the Board - Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Gen­eral Author­ity for the En­vi­ron­ment - Rap­por­teur of the Supreme Coun­cil for En­vi­ron­ment Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Al-Ho­moud Al-Sabah, as well as a num­ber of the UN’s part­ners from the civil com­mu­nity, pri­vate sec­tor, in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as a num­ber of pub­lic fig­ures.

Zain’s par­tic­i­pa­tion came as an ex­ten­sion of the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) be­tween the com­pany and the UNHCR dur­ing April of 2016. The agree­ment con­sid­ered the best ways in which to con­trib­ute to the im­prove­ment of the liv­ing and so­cial con­di­tions of refugees and any other in­di­vid­u­als who the UNHCR pro­vides as­sis­tance to, and is con­sid­ered an em­bod­i­ment of the spirit of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween pri­vate and global hu­man­i­tar­ian sec­tors. Through its ded­i­cated booth, Zain show­cased its most prom­i­nent con­tri­bu­tions in hu­man­i­tar­ian fields dur­ing the past two years, in­clud­ing its #ZainWithRefugees cam­paign, field trips to refugee camps, on­line do­na­tion cam­paigns, strate­gic part­ner­ships with lo­cal and global hu­man­i­tar­ian en­ti­ties, and more.

The event mainly aimed at high­light­ing the State of Kuwait’s con­tri­bu­tions and ef­forts into achiev­ing the 2030 sus­tain­able goals, in­clud­ing Kuwait’s lead­ing role in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, cri­sis and emer­gency aid, global de­vel­op­men­tal ef­forts, and more. The event wit­nessed a dis­cus­sion panel as well an ex­hi­bi­tion featuring the UN’s big­gest part­ners, in­clud­ing Zain.

Ear­lier this year, Zain launched its hu­man­i­tar­ian cam­paign #ZainWithRefugees in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the UNHCR. The cam­paign aimed at im­prov­ing the liv­ing con­di­tions of thou­sands of refugees in the re­gion who suf­fer from the lack of es­sen­tial sup­plies dur­ing the harsh win­ter sea­son. Do­na­tions were uti­lized to pro­vide fam­i­lies with fi­nan­cial support, win­ter cloth­ing, ther­mal blan­kets, heaters, and more. Zain prides it­self in its long list of joint col­lab­o­ra­tions with the UNHCR, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion of mo­bile telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions cov­er­age to re­con­nect dis­placed fam­i­lies in the Mid­dle East, of­fer­ing tele­com ser­vices in de­prived ar­eas, as well as aware­ness cam­paigns through SMS ser­vices and so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

The agree­ment be­tween Zain and the UNHCR also fo­cuses on the im­por­tance of rais­ing aware­ness of the plight of refugees, and shed­ding light on the hu­man­i­tar­ian ini­tia­tives in place to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of this com­mu­nity of peo­ple around the world, as well as high­light the ef­forts of the State of Kuwait in cre­at­ing a hub for hu­man­i­tar­ian work.

In rel­e­vance to the in­ter­na­tional refugee sit­u­a­tion, Zain part­nered with Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KRCS) to or­ga­nize a hu­man­i­tar­ian trip that saw 12 of its vol­un­teered em­ploy­ees vis­it­ing and sup­port­ing Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon to dis­trib­ute food, clothes, blan­kets and cater to a num­ber of KRCS-sup­ported projects. Zain also con­tin­ued its an­nual Clothes Do­na­tion Cam­paign and ex­tended it this year to Kuwait Univer­sity, were over 10.5 tons of clothes were do­nated and sent by Kuwait So­ci­ety for Re­lief to dis­placed Syr­ian fam­i­lies.

Ah­mad Al-Hain with Zain’s of­fi­cials.

Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah with Zain’s of­fi­cials.

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