Time: 25 June, 2020
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Ambassador Khalid Khalifa, UNHCR’s representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), recently stated that Saudi Arabia is among the major donors to UNHCR projects worldwide, contributing nearly USD 340 million to UNHCR’s support and programs since 2010. He added that the Kingdom continues to work with its partners to support UNHCR’s work around the world.
Ambassador Khalifa made these remarks on occasion of the International Day of Refugees, which falls on June 20th each year. He further confirmed that funding for UNHCR programs provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) amounts to more than USD 53 million, and that the Saudi Development Fund funded projects for UNHCR amounting to more than USD 80 million to help displaced people in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, and to provide support for Rohingya refugees.
The Ambassador explained that the UNHCR report released last Thursday showed a series of shocking facts regarding the global displacement situation through the end of 2019. According to the report, a full one percent of the world’s total population is displaced, and more than 79 million people were forced to leave their homes and countries by the end of the year. This is the highest number ever seen since UNHCR was established; 85% of this number is usually displaced to developing countries adjacent to the country from which they have fled.
Ambassador Khalid Khalifa expressed his hope that the partnership with Saudi Arabia will continue and extend to many countries around the world to serve humanity and promote the livelihoods of those in need, particularly in light of the many challenges affecting the world today.