OIC SG commends KSrelief fund raising campaign for Pakistan


OIC, UNHCR renew joint humanitarian action plan

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Hissein Brahim Taha, praised the royal directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulazeez Al Saud – to extend a helping hand to those affected by the devastating floods that swept Pakistan leaving hundreds of deaths, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and displaced millions of families.

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSrelief) launched The Saudi National Campaign to Provide Relief to Flood- affected People in Pakistan through its “Sahem” platform.

On the other hand, the Secretary-General urged Member States, financial, relief institutions, and the international community to expedite relief aid to the Pakistani people, who are experiencing a humanitarian ordeal that calls for stressing the magnanimous Islamic values of solidarity, interdependence and relief.

The Department of Humanitarian Affairs at the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a bilateral meeting with a delegation from the UNHCR Gulf Mission, yesterday, September 13, 2022 at the headquarters of the General Secretariat.

During the meeting, a renewed Joint Humanitarian Action Plan (JHAP) for the years 2022-2025 was signed, as a culmination of the significant efforts made by the two sides to implement the expired 2020-2022 JHAP despite the exceptional circumstances imposed by COVID-19. The renewed JHAP aims to consolidate the humanitarian strategic partnership, as well as coordination in issues of common interest, especially those of IDPs and refugees, within the framework of the existing cooperation between the two organizations since 1988.

The renewed JHAP was signed, on behalf of the OIC General Secretariat, by Ambassador Tariq Ali Bakheet, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian, Cultural and Social Affairs, and on behalf of the UNHCR, by Mr. Khalid Khalifa, UNHCR Gulf Regional Representative.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop and strengthen them in all areas related to the situation of refugees and IDPs in the Islamic world, and modalities of the JHAP implementation under deteriorating humanitarian conditions in many regions of the Islamic world as a result of calamities, epidemics, climate change and armed conflicts.—PR


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