KUWAIT, – Through its efforts in helping people around the globe, Kuwait will mark the United Nation’s World Humanitarian Day on Aug 19 (tomorrow).
In recent history, Kuwait had played an integral part in launching several humanitarian initiatives, to make sure that the suffering and the pain felt by the disadvantaged and the needy worldwide would be lessened.
Since the ascension of the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to the leadership of Kuwait in 2006, the GCC country launched various humanitarian campaigns, which led to a UN honouring of Kuwait as a humanitarian centre in 2014.
The UN also named the Amir, Sheikh Sabah, as a global humanitarian leader.
Kuwait, through the Amir, also contributed to international humanitarian conferences. Sheikh Sabah took part in the 2016 humanitarian summit in Istanbul.
During the summit, the Kuwaiti leader highlighted his country’s contributions to humanitarian causes around the world, noting that Kuwait had offered over USD one billion in the last five years, to support global humanitarian efforts.
Most of the allocated sums were delivered to the needy, suffering from wars in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Yemen. The Kuwaiti humanitarian hand was also extended to those who suffered from natural disasters in Japan, the Philippines, Turkey, and Somalia in recent years.
On the regional level, Kuwait hosted three donors conference for Syria, from 2013-15, donating USD 1.3 billion in the process.
The fourth conference for Syria, hosted in London, saw Kuwait also donating a sum of USD 300 million, to help humanitarian efforts in Syria.
Alongside government efforts, Kuwaiti charitable societies and relief aid organisations also took part in helping the Syrians to overcome their dire situation.
In Yemen, Kuwait announced, in 2015, a generous donation of USD 100 million for the Yemeni people, suffering from the ills of civil war.
While on the level of the Palestinian cause, Kuwait always support the rights of the Palestinian people.
In 2009, Kuwait donated USD 34 million, to cover the expenses of operations carried out by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The Gulf country also offered USD 15 million in 2013, to help the Palestinians and also launched in 2014, a relief aid campaign for the Gaza Strip, which was hit by a brutal Israeli operations in July of that year.
In Iraq, Kuwait continued to offer aid there, giving, in 2015, a sum of USD 200 million, to displaced Iraqis. Kuwait pledged USD 176 million, during an Iraqi aid conference held in Washington.
On relief aid during times of natural disasters and disease, Kuwait offered thousands and millions of dollars to various countries which were affected by the devastating forces of nature.
World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity, in order to help others.
The day was designated by the UN General Assembly, to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.
Source: Name News Network