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2nd Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum Discusses "Women, Children and People With Special Needs In Crisis and The Humanitarian Work Challenges"

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – Improving humanitarian responses in light of the increasingly complex nature of global emergencies was the leading theme of the 2nd Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum. The event was held on 1-2 March 2020 in Riyadh, and saw the attendance of over 2,000 delegates, including the leaders of a number of important international humanitarian organizations. These top humanitarian experts and world leaders gathered to discuss the challenges facing current humanitarian action and how best to address these challenges to better assist people in need. 

The Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), Dr. Al Rabeeah, held a number of high-level side meetings on the margins of the forum. Dr. Al Rabeeah met with important humanitarian leaders, including H.E. Reem Al Hashimy – UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Jennifer Townson – UK’s Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy. During the meetings with these two officials, KSrelief’s Supervisor General discussed the center’s extensive efforts to assist refugees and other crisis-affected people around the world. Other topics included reviews of joint projects as well as discussions of some of the subjects being addressed at the forum.   

During his meeting with Mr. David Beasley – the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Dr. Al Rabeeah and his guest discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of food security and how to overcome impediments to delivering food and other essential aid to targeted beneficiaries. The two officials also discussed joint programs being implemented in Yemen and Syria and explored ways to improve aid delivery support mechanisms in light of challenges on the ground in these two countries. 

Dr. Al Rabeeah also met with Michael Köhler – the Deputy Director-General at ECHO, António Vitorino – Director General of IOM, Dr. Tariq Al Gurg – CEO of Dubai Cares, Jan Egeland – the Secretary General of NRC, Carl Sako – Sweden’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Deputy Director General, Head of Department for Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs, and H.E. Lena el-Sheikh Mahjoub – Sudan’s Minister of Labor and Social Development. These meetings also included important discussions on cooperation and coordination of humanitarian work, as well as talks about bilateral partnerships. All of the officials who met with Dr. Al Rabeeah expressed their appreciation for KSrelief’s continued humanitarian work, and also for hosting the 2nd RIHF, which they agreed was a unique opportunity for high-level humanitarian actors to network and share ideas about ways to better help people in need around the world. 

During their meeting, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), discussed with Dr. Al Rabeeah some of the medical sector programs being implemented between their two organizations in Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh and other countries. 

Dr. Al Rabeeah also met with Mr. Filippo Grandi – the High Commissioner at UNHCR, on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to support refugees and IDPs around the world. They discussed forum topics and also reviewed ways to enhance the strategic partnership between KSrelief and UNHCR, and explored possible future joint programs and projects for refugees. 

Henrietta Fore – the Executive Director of UNICEF, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah and Dr. Bandar M.H. Hajjar – the President of Islamic Development Bank, met to discuss matters of mutual interest related to humanitarian aid and relief efforts and ways to enhance coordination and cooperation. They also discussed the latest developments on joint projects. 

“We are proud not only of being able to host this global gathering, but also to be able to provide practical and workable principles and recommendations that can now be followed”, Dr. Al Rabeeah stated following the two-day event. “This forum was about bringing the world’s most eminent experts in the humanitarian field to Riyadh to find ways to improve assistance to those who need it the most”.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also announced at the forum that in April, KSrelief would be hosting the next High-level Pledging Conference to fund the United Nations 2020 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan.



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