UN lauds Saudi Arabia’s ‘model’ refugee aid programs around world

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets UNHCR's Khaled Khalifa and his delegation in Riyadh. (Supplied photo)
Updated 17 May 2019

UN lauds Saudi Arabia’s ‘model’ refugee aid programs around world

  • UNHCR’s representative cites KSRelief as one of its most important partners
  • Khalifa said he was looking forward to consolidating strategic relations between the two sides

RIYADH: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has lauded Saudi Arabia for its life-saving refugee aid programs throughout the world.
Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR regional representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, heaped praise on the Kingdom during a meeting with Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
During their talks, held at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh, Khalifa thanked the center for its cooperation with the UNHCR in helping to improve conditions for hundreds of thousands of refugees.
In a statement, KSRelief told Arab News that the two officials discussed the center’s work in a number of crisis-hit countries, particularly Yemen, and reviewed the Kingdom’s additional efforts to relieve the suffering of Yemeni, Rohingya and Syrian refugees through joint executive projects with the UNHCR.
Khalifa said he was looking forward to consolidating strategic relations between the two sides and described Saudi Arabia’s approach to refugees as a model for the linking of Islamic values and humanitarian action.
He added that KSRelief was one of the UNHCR’s most important partners, providing basic relief materials for internally displaced people in Yemen, and emergency support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Separately, on Thursday, the center announced that KSRelief had recently distributed tens of thousands of food baskets to Syrian refugees living in the Zaatari and Al-Azraq refugee camps in Jordan, in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UNHCR.
KSRelief has also delivered seven truckloads of dialysis medicines to the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population for use in dialysis centers throughout the war-torn country. 


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

Updated 05 July 2020

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.