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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Riyadh hosts Saudi Arabia's first International Humanitarian Forum

Conference aims to better serve victims of conflict 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends the International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters
Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends the International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Riyadh played host to Saudi Arabia's first International Humanitarian Forum on Monday. The two-day event took place under the patronage of King Salman and was organised by the King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Centre (KSrelief).

The conference aims to deliver new ways of dealing with the changing global humanitarian needs, organisers 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,’’ KSrelief said in a statement.

KSrelief has implemented 328 projects in 38 countries to date, with particular focus on Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Somalia.

State representatives, including Britain's minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt, the United Nations and more than 65 regional and international NGOs are expected to attend.

Heads of the private sector, academia and research groups will also be there.

KSrelief said forum 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’’.The forum comes just weeks after neighbouring Kuwait hosted a three-day conference aimed at raising funds to aid Iraq in its post-ISIL reconstruction. Gulf countries pledged almost 10 per cent of the estimated $88 billion needed to rebuild the war-torn country.

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