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‘World must do more to end Syrian bloodshed’ Matouq named humanitarian envoy

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 9, (KUNA): International Islamic C h a r i t a b l e Organization (IICO) Chairman and Amiri Diwan Consultant Dr Abdullah Al- Matouq received official written notice that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon has named him as a UN Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs for the second time. In remarks Sunday, Al- Matouq expressed gratitude for the UN chief’s trust and prayed The Almighty help him fulfill his duties in service of humanity and in promoting the values of partnership amid the current time’s many serious humanitarian disasters and crises. He added that his renewed tenure within the UN’s guidelines is renewed recognition of Kuwaiti charitable work in particular and charity work in the Islamic World at large.

It is testimony by the UN to the importance of charity work and its pivotal role. As to hot dossiers at present, he said the crisis in Syria tops the list as explosives continue to hammer residential neighborhoods, which is in effect cold blood killing of the innocent, women, and children. He urged more coordination of international response efforts in the face of the bloodshed. Al-Matouq also noted the renewal of his tenure is in part testimony to the success of the international non-governmental organizations conference it hosted recently which saw the participation of leading humanitarian figures and organizations.

The Kuwaiti figure said the IICO is keen on sustaining active partnership with many regional and international organizations, including UN organizations in the fields related to humanitarian work such as The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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