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Saudi Arabia remains the leading donor to the United Nations

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, Dhul-AlHijjah 29, 1435, 23 Oct 2014) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains the leading donor of humanitarian aid to the United Nations, Arab News quoted a leading official from the UN.
According to the report, Ibrahim Jawdat El-Ziq, UN resident coordinator in the Kingdom, was speaking as the UN prepares to celebrate its 69th anniversary by illuminating the iconic Kingdom Tower with blue color in the capital on Friday.
The event is being held to mark UN Day, the day in 1945 when the organization's charter was ratified. The UN officially came into being with the ratification of the founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council. Saudi Arabia is a founding member.

UN resident coordinator said Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, remains the leading regional and global donor to the UN in terms of humanitarian aid. “It not only supports UN projects financially but also lends technical assistance to Maghrib and African countries."
He said Saudi Arabia recently donated SR1.8 billion for UN humanitarian projects in Iraq, SR750 million to refugees in Syria and SR1.8 billion for Gaza reconstruction projects. It has also helped set up projects to eradicate polio from endemic areas, he said.

Saudi Arabia has emerged as the world’s largest donor of humanitarian assistance outside the Western states, traditionally the members of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In many recent natural disasters, the country’s contributions far exceeded those of any traditional donors. In 2007, in response to Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh, which killed more than 3,000 people and left millions homeless, Saudi Arabia gave Bangladesh $158 million for humanitarian purposes, compared to $20 million from the United States and less from the United Kingdom (Smith 2010). Following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the Saudi Kingdom made $50 million available to the Emergency Response Fund, a pooled funding mechanism set up by the United Nations. Saudi pledges for the ongoing response to the f loods that ravaged huge swathes of Pakistan in 2010 amount to $220 million - surpassing the pledges of all European donors taken together ($209 million). In 2008, Saudi Arabia provided $500 million in cash to the World Food Program, the largest contribution in the Program’s history.


Saudi Arabia providing humanitarian assistance to displaced people in Iraq, Pakistan and Syria. World bodies such WHO and UNICEF receiving significant financial assistant from Saudi Arabia for global projects and emergencies.