Conflicts, catastrophes, COVID-19 raise humanitarian needs – Kuwait

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‘Global community in need of boosting cooperation’

NEW YORK, Dec 9, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait has said that humanitarian needs were on the rise due to the upsurge of conflicts, catastrophes, and the spread of dangerous aliments including coronavirus (COVID-19). Delivering his country’s statement to the high-level annual meeting of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Tuesday evening, Third Secretary at the Kuwaiti mission to the UN Ali Al-Yahya indicated that it was vital to support the needs of the fund to battle all challenges facing humanity.

Third Secretary at the Kuwaiti mission to the UN Ali Al-Yahya

Kuwait had provided over USD nine million to the CERF since its inception knowing the importance of the fund’s role in addressing issues of humanitarian needs.

The global community is in need of boosting cooperation in the efforts to battle against the rising humanitarian concerns created by conflict, natural disasters, and the spread of disease, Al-Yahya said, reiterating his country’s support to the UNs calls for a global ceasefire due to focus efforts on battling COVID-19, which infected more than 67 million people and claimed lives of 1.54 million others.

Since March, Kuwait had donated $100 million to help the world confront the coronavirus, while $188 million were allocated via the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) to help struggling countries during this pandemic, affirmed Al-Yahya. The Kuwaiti diplomat urged all countries to address the needs of the CERF to help lessen human suffering and save lives worldwide.

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