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UNDP dedicates special attention to Kuwaiti women empowerment - UN official
March 10, 2018, 3:12 pm

The Regional United Nations Development Program dedicates special concern for empowering women in the State of Kuwait, said the program regional director. Murad Wehbeh, also the Assistant United Nations Secretary General, said in an interview with KUNA on Saturday that the program policy aims at maintaining cooperation on a sustainable basis and in a manner that would not contradict with the Kuwaiti culture.

The program works with communities to empower women and limit violence against them so they may contribute to the civil society development. It also seeks to encourage Arab women in emerging communities to venture into the world of business.

About his first visit to Kuwait, Wehbeh said it was fruitful and successful by all standards, noting that he had held talks with the Minister of State for Social Affairs, Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Hind Al-Sebeeh, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Dr. Khaled Al-Mehdi, who all expressed great readiness for cooperation with the UN agency.

The visit aimed at expressing gratitude to the State of Kuwait for its limitless support for the UN and its agencies, its stances toward international peace and relief missions, backing sustainable development in troubled nations namely Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Wehbeh praised Kuwait's support for needy nations namely countries that host refugees and face difficulties in securing their needs. He indicated at the UNDP activities in Lebanon and Jordan affirming that the Kuwaiti aid eased off the burden borne by these nations in accommodating the refugees.

At the local level, the UNDP cooperation with Kuwait has resulted in great success in empowering the women, he said, also indicating coordination at other levels namely the environment. Moreover, he praised the Kuwaiti leaders for adopting the policy "of open doors and minds" in cooperating with the UN agencies.

The UNDP aspires, this year, to more support from Kuwait and other donating nations to countries neighboring Syria, which host millions of refugees "so we may contribute to improving economic, social and political conditions in them." The UNDP renovates and builds schools, hospitals and other vital facilities in countries hosting refugees, he said, noting that a third of the people in Lebanon are refugees, which is a major challenge in the face of the Lebanese Government and the concerned UN agencies. 

Source: KUNA

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