Saudi KSRelief Joins UN in Humanitarian Overview

The Saudi Arabian initiative KSRelief has joined the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs this week in order to take part in an event on global humanitarian action taking place in 2023. 

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2023 took place in Geneva on Thursday, with presentations in Addis Ababa with the African Union, and in Riyadh at King Saud University with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. 

Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of KSRelief, said the event was focused on global humanitarian action taking place next year.

The events were meant to highlight the need to promote inclusive approaches to humanitarian assistance. 

It comes as the UN has announced that one in 23 people in the world will require humanitarian relief next year. Saudi Arabian officials said that the event also provided a way to enhance the participation of crisis-affected people, local responders, and nongovernmental organization partners in global action.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a video message that this year has been a year of many challenges and that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated the global food and energy crisis.

Lives and economies had been torn apart around the world, Guterres said, adding that the UN and its partners in the field of medicine had risen to the challenge to help support and protect 157 million people around the world.

Guterres said that the United Nations had provided more than $2 billion in cash assistance, while donations had provided nearly $24 billion.

The number of people who will be in need of humanitarian relief in 2023 has increased by almost a quarter in the past year, as the climate crisis, the war in Ukraine, and the largest global food crisis in modern history push millions to the brink, the UN has warned.

A record 339 million people, an increase of 65 million from last year, will be suffering next year as a result of 2022’s “extreme events” and will be in urgent need of assistance, said Martin Griffiths, the UN’s under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.

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