Saudi Arabia seeks greater cooperation with UN Volunteers program

Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi meets Oliver Adam, executive coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV) program. (SPA)
Updated 01 June 2019

Saudi Arabia seeks greater cooperation with UN Volunteers program

Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN, met Oliver Adam, executive coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV) program.

Adam provided him with a thorough analysis and explanation of the mechanism and objectives of the UNV.

There are more than 7,000 volunteers enrolled in the program from all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Adam said.

Al-Mouallimi called for greater cooperation between the UNV and Saudi Arabia, especially as the latter’s Vision 2030 reform plan aims to raise the number of volunteers in the Kingdom to 1 million by 2030.

Al-Mouallimi also met with Peter Mullerin, director of the representative office in New York of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

During the meeting, Mullerin thanked Saudi Arabia for its generous support for UNRWA. He reviewed the agency’s financial crisis, and its impact on the efforts and services provided to Palestinian refugees.

Al-Mouallimi stressed that the Palestinian cause is a top Saudi concern, and that the Kingdom is always keen to help UN agencies serve the Palestinian people worldwide, especially regarding education and health.


Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)
Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.
So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.