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Riyadh set to host summit on global humanitarian efforts

2nd Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum will take place on March 1-2

Riyadh set to host summit on global humanitarian efforts

The 2nd Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum will take place on March 1-2, bringing together the most experienced and influential leaders in the humanitarian world.

The event takes place amid an increasing complex nature of emergencies which require a much more sophisticated and agile approach to humanitarian action and assistance, a statement said.

The event, which is being held as the world fights the outbreak of the new coronavirus, is hosted under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Governor of Riyadh region, will attend.

The forum will review humanitarian initiatives to reflect the latest developments on the ground in order to improve the level of provided services and assistance to natural-disaster and conflict victims.

It will tackle the humanitarian issues and global trends through five main panel discussions, two media sessions and one volunteer session.

"The Humanitarian-Development Nexus" panel discussion will address the importance of linking humanitarian and development work and activating the mechanisms for linking the two themes while "Large-scale Migration flows from Africa across the Seas to the Gulf States and Europe in Humanitarian Settings" will address poverty and crises that are caused by increasingly large-scale migration flows which bring longer-term migration challenges.

"Women, Children and People with Disabilities in Humanitarian Crisis and the Challenges of Humanitarian Action" will focus on urgent need for increasing support for young children living in crisis and displacement while the fourth panel discussion entitled "Evidence-Based professional practice in humanitarian intervention" will tackle using evidence-based professional practice research and bridging the gap between theory and practice.

"Health in Humanitarian Context - focus on communicable diseases" will focus on the importance of joining efforts to prevent, detect, respond and recover from health emergencies.

On the sidelines of the RIHF, an exhibition will contain many pavilions where humanitarian NGOs, international and UN organizations will showcase their work.

A Humanitarian Art Exhibition will also be held including several art areas including drawing or painting, sculpture, photography and digital art.

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