Saudi forum to tackle global humanitarian challenges

A child cries as a dinghy with 54 Afghan refugees lands ashore the Greek island of Lesbos on February 28, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 28 February 2020

Saudi forum to tackle global humanitarian challenges

RIYADH: International experts will on Sunday gather in Riyadh for a conference aimed at tackling the key humanitarian challenges facing the world.

The second Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum, organized by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in partnership with the UN, will run over two days and bring together some of the world’s most experienced and influential leaders in the humanitarian field.

“It is an opportunity to discuss and focus on addressing the most pertinent issues of the current global humanitarian challenges, while drawing on the best practices from leading humanitarian actors,” a KSRelief statement said.

The forum, which will issue recommendations for action, is being held under the patronage of King Salman, and will review ongoing initiatives and ways to improve assistance to victims of natural disasters and military conflicts.

Global issues on the agenda for discussion will include the importance of linking humanitarian and development work; migration challenges; the urgent need for increasing support for young children living in crisis and displacement; evidence-based professional practice in humanitarian intervention; and joint efforts to prevent, detect, respond and recover from health emergencies.


Al-Jouf governor reviews region’s goods and prices monitoring efforts

Updated 28 March 2020

Al-Jouf governor reviews region’s goods and prices monitoring efforts

SAKAKA: Al-Jouf Gov. Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz reviewed the efforts exerted by the region’s Ministry of Commerce branch, in its visits and field examination tours of the region’s cities and provinces, and in the way it is dealing with reports submitted by residents.

Prince Faisal was briefed about the situation during a meeting he held through video conferencing call with the director general of the region’s Ministry of Commerce branch, Sami Al-Ruwaili, with the participation of the region’s undersecretary, Hussain Al-Sultan.

“Under the supervision of Prince Faisal, the branch doubled its efforts in the past month as it conducted 1,100 tours, received 470 reports and issued 160 tickets, while some of the tours took place in coordination with the municipality and the region’s Health Ministry branch,” Al-Ruwaili said.

“The prices of around 140 commodities in all of the region’s commercial and food stores are electronically checked on a daily basis in the morning and at night. We are also monitoring the stocks and availability of food in the region and contacting the merchants to facilitate food provision,” he added.

“The Kingdom has the largest food stock in the Middle East. This fact was confirmed by the Ministry of Commerce through the provision of products, goods and the great capacity of the Kingdom’s largest factories. Such measures were made possible thanks to the support of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Prince Faisal noted, commending the citizens for their awareness and cooperation with the relevant authorities.