Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Interior, last night attended a ceremony launching the publication of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) “Highlights of UNICEF's Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2006” in cooperation with the Saudi Commission for the Relief of the Palestinian People.
The report highlights the Kingdom’s humanitarian role in alleviating the suffering of the needy all over the world. In the launch of the publication UNICEF praised the significant contributions by Saudi Arabia to several emergency situations and relief operations in the region and worldwide.
Dr Sa'ed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, Advisor to the Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Saudi Commission for the Relief of the Palestinian People, told the participants that over the past five years, more than SR1.6 billion [U.S. $427 million] were raised for the needy in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, East Asia and Pakistan. Dr. Al-Harthi added that the selection of Saudi Arabia for the launch of the 2006 report is a recognition of the Kingdom's role in relief and humanitarian efforts.
Dr. Al-Harthi said that more than 64 programs and projects have considerably contributed to alleviating the sufferings of peoples in Palestine, Iraq, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Pakistan. Within these programs, food, medical supplies, and school supplies were provided. In addition, funds were used to either build or repair homes, medical centers, and water and power networks.