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Kuwait always ready to help disaster victims worldwide - Official
October 13, 2018, 8:33 am
General Khaled Al-Mekrad, Director General of Kuwait fire Services Directorate (KFSD) during the Arab-African forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Kuwait has always rushed to help people facing natural disasters around the globe, the Gulf country's top fireman said Friday, citing UN selection of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al­Ahmad Al­Jaber Al­Sabah as Humanitarian Leader as testament to relentless philanthropy.

General Khaled Al­Mekrad, Director General of Kuwait fire Services Directorate (KFSD), said crisis management and disaster risk reduction were part of the humanitarian action.

Al­Mekrad, addressing the Arab­African forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, said His Highness the Amir of Kuwait has been leading the country's humanitarian efforts which helped alleviate suffering of many people falling victims to disasters around the world. He said Kuwait has been cooperating with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) since January 2017 to establish a national liaison office.

This cooperation was within the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, or Sendai Framework, which is the first major agreement of the 2015­30 Sustainable Development Agenda. Kuwait, added Al­Mekrad, increased national awareness about Sendai Framework through organizing workshops with UNISDR.

Al­Mekrad held talks with UN officials to discuss the implementation of Sendai Framework, which has seven global targets and four priorities in action. The priorities are: understanding disaster risk, strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk, investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to improve recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Source: KUNA

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