Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020

Unifying humanitarian work conference begins

Kuwait, Chairman of the International Islamic Charity Organisation (IICO) Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq said the eighth annual Conference for Effective Partnership and Information Sharing will be held in Kuwait on Monday.

This conference under the theme "unified humanity against hunger" aims to unify humanitarian works in combating hunger around the world through the course of setting a marker of feeding one million hungry people in one year, he added.

It will be patronised by His Highness the Amir Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and attended by a number of representatives associations involved in humanitarian and charitable work in and outside Kuwait, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

The convention will witness launch of charitable initiatives for feeding one million hungry people around the world to add another exceptional achievement in Kuwait's history of philanthropic accomplishments, pointed out Al-Maatouq.

He added the IICO seeks to promote efforts of combat hunger during the conference. The organization will also invite participants to implement their initiatives as an extension to the Washington Conference.

The Washington Conference, entitled "Alliance of Virtue for the Common Good," held in February, recommended in the closing statement launching a worldwide humanitarian campaign to feed one million people in societies that have been drastically affected by violent conflicts.

Al-Maatouq added that a commission will be assigned to follow up on pledges taken by the participants toward this cause, and quarterly reports will be published on social media.

He also pointed out that this conference will attract many philanthropists, underlining alarming rise in hunger rates according to figures from international organisations, with the 2018 Hunger Map reports showing 821 million people not consuming enough food to satisfy their daily nutritional needs.

The Hunger Maps of 2018 reports also show 150 million children (under the age of 5) are not properly grown due to lack of nutrition, with one out of every three women of reproductive age suffering from anemia.

Al-Maatouq has made it clear that this is a vast responsibility undertaken by the international community and humanitarian organizations to alleviate the anguish of millions suffering by living under the "aggregate food security measures" as result of armed conflicts, climate change, drought and famine.

He also added the charitable organisation has goals set up for the conference which aim for similar results in alleviating such suffering and creating the appropriate measures to make what is lacking much more readily available to whoever in need around the world.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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