Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief to provide $200m in UN Yemen aid deals

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Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, gestures as he signs an agreement with the World Food Programme for Yemen, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 17, 2020. (Reuters)
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David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, signs deal with KSRelief. (SPA)
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Updated 18 September 2020

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief to provide $200m in UN Yemen aid deals

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) has signed deals to provide more than $200m of assistance to Yemen with United Nations aid agencies.
The deals signed were with the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization, and the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees. 
The step comes within the humanitarian response plan for Yemen, and according to what the Kingdom pledged at the Yemen donors conference held virtually in Riyadh. 
The deals include a $138 million donation from Saudi Arabia that will be used to provide food assistance for nearly 8.9 million people in Yemen as part of the humanitarian response to the crisis-hit country.  

This will include the distribution of 81,963 metric tons of wheat flour, vegetable oils, legumes, salt and nutritional, preventive and curative supplements, fortified wheat and soy mixture, date biscuit and high-energy biscuit bars.
The second agreement worth $46 million in aid includes developing health and environmental sanitation projects, as well as combating the coronavirus pandemic, and projects to combat malnutrition in Yemen.
This agreement includes supporting 25 central hospitals in all Yemeni governorates.
The third agreement includes a $20 million donation to support two projects. The first will shelter refugees and provide non-food assistance to the most vulnerable families and returnees to Yemen.
The second project is to support the health response to the refugees and those internally displaced during the coronavirus pandemic.

 


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.