Health Ministry Under-secretary Dr Khaled Al-Sahlawi said Saturday, Kuwait is keen on being an active international member by joining most specialized world organizations and agencies. This step came following UN General Assembly Resolution 1872 allowing Kuwait to be the 111th member in the organization, Al- Sahlawi said in a press statement on the anniversary of Kuwait’s joining the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 14, 1963.
Kuwait is an active member in 34 international organizations and 14 peacekeeping agencies, the Undersecretary pointed out, adding that the country has had distinctive participations in the WHO since 1960 prior to joining the UN in the same year. Kuwait always had an effective role in UN activities, which lead it to become a member in the organization’s Executive Board (UNDP) from 1980 to 1983 and from 1994 to 1997, Al- Sahlawi noted. He also said that Kuwait contributes ito UN activities through the human element, which significantly helped in promoting Kuwait’s reputation, particularly in honoring financial commitments towards the UN’s budget. He noted that Kuwait had recently donated USD 500,000 to the organization.
Kuwait is also keen on taking part in all UN committees for expertise exchange with world experts, on being acquainted with latest medical developments, and on highlighting its achievements in the health field, he said. The WHO named its main meeting hall in Cairo after Kuwait as an appreciation to the country’s initiatives and contributions, he pointed out, adding that there are two awards that also carry Kuwait’s name, one of which is international and the other is regional on researches regarding chronic non-communicable diseases.