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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
12 April 2006

UNICEF praises Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts

12 April 2006 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has praised Saudi Arabia for the humanitarian assistance it has given to both global and regional emergency and relief operations, including almost $4 million for health and education projects for Palestinians and $2 million in reconstruction aid after last year's devastating earthquake in Pakistan.

Speaking at the launch of UNICEF's Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2006 in Riyadh on Tuesday, the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Rima Salah, shared details of the annual funding appeal totalling over $805 million for crisis countries, and also paid tribute to the Saudi Arabian vision of cooperation in the field of disaster management and technical assistance.

Highlighting one such area of cooperation, Ms. Salah thanked Saudi officials for an agreement signed in 2005 between UNICEF and the Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People that committed $3.6 million towards crucial health and quality education projects, the agency said in a news release.

Since its foundation in 2000, the Committee has provided cash and in-kind assistance in addition to funding educational and medical activities and reconstruction schemes in the occupied territory.


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