Riyadh will host first International Humanitarian Forum on February 26-27

Riyadh: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will host Saudi Arabia’s first International Humanitarian Forum on February 26-27. The objective of the forum is to provide a “unique opportunity to look at changing global humanitarian needs and to formulate new practical and efficient responses”, according to organizers. King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) is organizing the two-day event to help “build on the conclusions of previous international forums and strengthen and generate commitments to help reduce suffering and to deliver assistance more efficiently to those in need”.

The two-day event would have some 25 sessions and be attended by several heads of UN agencies including the WHO. “Our target audience is national and international organizations, academics and those who are involved in humanitarian activities.” Representatives from more than 60 international and regional organizations will attend the two-day event. KSRelief will launch the electronic edition of its international humanitarian journal during the forum.

Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, said at a press conference on last Thursday that KSrelief has implemented 328 projects in 38 countries to date. “The majority of our programs have focused on Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Somalia. KSrelief’s 119 humanitarian partners include UN member agencies as well as many other international and national NGOs. The main project sectors served by the centre are: Food Security, Health (with special focus on Women and Children), Nutrition, Water and Sanitation and Education, along with some special projects – one of which provides rehabilitation services for former child soldiers in Yemen. Al-Rabeeah said the center was active in refugee rehabilitation programs, which included the construction of a 300-unit residential village in Djibouti to house Yemeni refugees, providing them educational facilities and health care.

KSrelief is also very active in refugee programs; among these is a project, near completion, of a 300-unit residential village in Djibouti to house Yemeni refugees and provide them with school and health care facilities. The Kingdom has also received 561,000 Yemenis, 262,000 Syrians and 249,000 Rohingya from Burma. These visitors are welcomed into Saudi society and have access to public health care, education and employment opportunities.” The main areas the forum would cover include funding capacities for humanitarian work, innovation and reform in the humanitarian sector and localization of aid.

The event, which will be patronized by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, will bring together the most experienced, current and knowledgeable professionals and key decision makers in the humanitarian community. The forum will also host representatives from many nations, including , many civil societies and non-governmental organizations, and partners – including the heads of international humanitarian agencies, the private sector, academia and specialized research groups.

KSrelief said the attendees will “review and adapt previous humanitarian initiatives to reflect the latest developments and realities in the field to better serve the victims of conflict, including refugees and others in need of urgent assistance’’. Saudi Arabia has long been a regional leader in humanitarian affairs and has demonstrated a profound commitment to supporting those most in need across the world.

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre was founded in May 2015 under the guidance of King Salman, and now playing a pioneer role in serving the international community in humanitarian projects.

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