Kuwait's contribution to the work of the UN and the international humanitarian system goes far beyond funding, UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said Tuesday.
Her remarks came in a speech during the ceremonial event held especially at the UN headquarters in New York to name His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as "Humanitarian Leader." "I would like to express my deep appreciation to the State of Kuwait for its remarkable efforts to address humanitarian crises around the world, particularly in Syria and neighbouring countries, as well as on the African continent," Amos said.
"Through the commitment and hospitality of His Highness the Amir and the Kuwaiti Government, Kuwait hosted two very successful high-level international humanitarian pledging conferences for Syria in the space of a year, the first one on January 30, 2013, and the second one on January 15, 2014. The results were unprecedented, with a total of USD 3.6 billion pledged in support of humanitarian operation in and outside Syria.
"I also express deep appreciation to His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait for his agreement on the appointment of his Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs, Dr. Al-Maatouq as the Secretary General's Humanitarian Envoy. This appointment has enabled greater collaboration on humanitarian issues between the State of Kuwait and the United Nations, and has had a positive impact on the work of Kuwaiti civil society and NGOs in support of humanitarian action around the world.
Amos carried on saying that "generosity extended by the State of Kuwait to United Nations humanitarian operations is a testament to the solid relationship between the State of Kuwait, the United Nations, and its partners. With Kuwait's support, UN agencies can continue to provide lifesaving aid and support to people affected by crises around the world," adding that the engagement and support of the State of Kuwait brought a message of hope to millions of people affected by humanitarian crises.
During Amos's speech a two-minute short film was screened, documenting His Highness's efforts and humanitarian initiatives around the world.