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Global meet on humanitarian action kicks off in Doha


The International Conference on 'Humanitarian Action between East and West', organised by the Eid Charity Foundation, kicked off in Doha on Sunday with the participation of local, regional and international humanitarian organisations.
The conference aims to enhance cooperation, establish field-work partnerships, fund humanitarian projects and build cooperation among charitable organisations with different backgrounds and orientations.
Participants at the conference will discuss four topics, including 'Charitable Cooperation Between Challenges And Opportunities', 'The War On Terrorism, International Classifications and Their Impact on Charitable Activity', and 'Past and Current Experiences, Charting Future Prospects and Launching a Humanitarian Ground For Charitable Activity in Geneva'.
Ali bin Abdullah al Suwaidi, director general of Eid Charity, who presides over the conference, said Qatar has made humanitarian activity a top priority.
"Humanitarian action faces serious challenges nowadays amid complicated issues and growing problems. This conference is aimed at enhancing cooperation between international partners and bringing together efforts to overcome obstacles to help the needy," Suwaidi said in his opening speech.
Dr Kerem Kinik, general president of the Turkish Red Crescent Society, said the conference is of special importance because of the issues being discussed, the most important of them is the building of a cooperative system among humanitarian organisations in the East and West.
He pointed to the humanitarian crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, southern Sudan and Somalia as well as the natural disasters that hit many areas in the Islamic world. He reviewed statistics to explain the size of the humanitarian crises in some of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and invited attention to the other dangers that threaten millions of people such as famines. (QNA)

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