Arab Conference aims to strengthen humanitarian partnershipListen /
Prominent actors from government, humanitarian and corporate sectors are meeting in Kuwait City to tackle the challenges facing humanitarian organizations.
The Fourth Annual Conference on Effective Partnership & Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action will, over the next three days, address a number of key humanitarian issues facing the world today, including how to build and sustain partnerships, working with partners in complex emergencies and developing effective networks to strengthen humanitarian action in the field.
The meeting has been organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) and Direct Aid.
OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator is participating in the conference.
"It will be looking at humanitarian partnerships in the Arab region and how to address complex emergencies together there. Just a quick quote from Valerie Amos, she says: 'This year we are showcasing the important role of the corporate sector in humanitarian aid and I am pleased that we can do this from Kuwait, a valuable partner for us in the region. Businesses in the Gulf countries have a vital contribution to make in helping the most vulnerable people affected by crises.'" (25")
OCHA says this year's speakers come from organizations operating in some of the world's most challenging humanitarian situations and from organizations working behind the scenes.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.