KSRelief provides emergency relief in eastern Ghouta

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A young girl receives food aid. (Al-Ekhbariya)
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A KSRelief kitchen in operation. (Al-Ekhbariya)
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A girl receives food aid. (Al-Ekhbariya)
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A young boy receives food aid. (Al-Ekhbariya)
Updated 24 February 2018

KSRelief provides emergency relief in eastern Ghouta

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has provided emergency relief in besieged Eastern Ghouta in Syria.
The aid includes the operation of kitchens and the distribution of food baskets in the cities of Douma, Arbin, Harasta, Mesraba and other areas in Ghouta, Al-Ekhbariya reported.
The kitchens will provide 200,000 meals and will distribute 5633 food baskets among affected families in the enclave.
The aid program was launched last Tuesday when the first kitchen began operating in Douma whilst a second kitchen is being prepared for operation.
Distribution is currently limited to shelters because of the heavy shelling of civilians in eastern Ghouta.

Thought leaders urge united action to fight global problems

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Thought leaders urge united action to fight global problems

  • ‘Think 20’ summit hosted in Riyadh calls for greater international collaboration in face of pandemic and climate change

RIYADH: Global thought leaders urged the international community on Saturday to join together to find research-based solutions to the unprecedented crises created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Riyadh-hosted Think 20 (T20) summit brought together think tanks, civil society organizations and international institutions to share ideas on how to build a more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive world.

The T20 is the “intellectual backbone” of the G20, the world’s most powerful nations under the presidency this year of Saudi Arabia. 

The past year proved the T20’s work was needed now more than ever, said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown once again how a single nation’s problem can become a global problem,” he said.

Dr. Fahad Al-Turki, the T20 chair and vice president of research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, called for global joint action to fight the pandemic.

“These are unprecedented times that call for unprecedented collective action. The COVID-19 pandemic has reconfirmed what was already established — health is a global public good and it can only be achieved by effective collaboration,” he said.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said no country was an island in today’s interconnected world.“Our biggest challenges remain intrinsically global,” he said. 

He called for a return to multilateral cooperation to combat both the pandemic and climate change.

Recommendations in the T20 communiqué will be presented on the final day of the meeting on Sunday before the G20 leaders’ summit on Nov. 21-22.