Following the enormous efforts, exerted by Kuwait namely it's (His Highness) the Amir at the humanitarian level worldwide, including its hosting of the two aid conferences for Syria, the UN chief announced that Kuwait has turned into "an international humanitarian center" and its Amir is the "humanitarian leader" affirming the country’s positive and leading role for humanitarian help.
Ban applauded the government and people of Kuwait, announced his deep gratitude, thanked the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, the European, the United States and many other donors, humanitarian agencies, Nongovernmental Organizations, namely the Red Crescent and the Red Cross, for aiding the afflicted in the Syrian crisis.
Kuwait's aid soars under His Highness the Amir
Since His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah assumed power in 2006, Kuwait's humanitarian aid to the world has been soaring, reaching almost each and every corner of the world.
His Highness the Amir has always been to put Kuwait at the heart of humanitarian work, raising the volume of aid and relief supplies provided to the countries hit by catastrophes and crisis.
The UN has recently named Kuwait a humanitarian center, and His Highness the Amir a humanitarian leader. Part of this, Kuwait has hosted the First and Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conferences for Syria.
In the first conference, held in January 2013, His Highness the Amir announced a donation of USD 300 million to the Syrian refugees. Then in the 2nd Pledging Conference held in January 2014, other USD 500 million was offered. Kuwait's aid to the Syrian refugees has not been confined to these two international gatherings.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, several humanitarian aid campaigns were launched, led by charity institutions that delivered relief supplies to the Syrian refugees. The International Islamic Charitable Organization and the Kuwait Red Crescent Society played a leading role for aiding the refugees in Syria's neighboring countries.
On the Palestinian scene, Kuwait has always stressed backing the Palestinian cause and people. His Highness the Amir announced in January 2009 donating USD 34 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This was prompted by a strong belief in the humanitarian role played by UNRWA.
In addition, Kuwait made a commitment to offer USD 300 million in support of the Palestinian Authority in a donor's conference for the Palestinians held in Paris on December 2007. In March 2009, Kuwait promised USD 200 million to the Palestinian Authority over five years, as part of a reconstruction program in the Gaza Strip.
In November, 2012, Kuwait and the World Bank signed an agreement according to which the country would contribute USD 50 million to the Palestinian Reform and Development Program (PRDP) and last June, it donated USD 10 million more for the Palestinians.
Kuwait also hurried to help the countries struck by catastrophes. When cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh in November 2007, USD 10 million were hurriedly offered for relief efforts, at behest of His Highness the Amir.
Also after a destructive earthquake and a Tsunami hit Japan in 2011, His Highness the Amir ordered donating 5 million crude oil barrels, worth USD 500 million, to Tokyo.
Also in July 2011, Kuwait decided to send relief aid worth USD10 million to Somalia in a bid to lessen the impact of drought and famine in the country.
When the Van earthquake hit Turkey also in 2011, Kuwait offered USD 250,000 for the victims through the UNICEF, and with the start of 2014, the country announced a donation worth USD 10 million to Philippines following the wide damages caused by typhoon Haiyan.
Also, Kuwait decided to donate USD five million to enable the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat the spread of Ebola virus. (KUNA)
Statement of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah The Amir of the State of Kuwait at the opening of the International Conference of Donors in Support of the Humanitarian Situation in Syria, Kuwait - 30 January 2013
Speech of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait, at the opening of the 2nd International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria - State of Kuwait – 15th January 2014
Statement of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Amir of the State of Kuwait at the opening of the 3rd International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, Kuwait - 31 March 2015