2003 News Story

October meeting scheduled for NGOs to discuss relief aid in Gulf region

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that early in October there will be a two-day meeting of prominent non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in the six Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, with the purpose of developing a comprehensive strategy for regional stockpiling of humanitarian relief materials as well as discussing the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq. The need has arisen because the Middle East has seen growing numbers of refugees, now estimated at around 15 million. The mandate given by the UNHCR to the 17-member network of GCC NGOs is to coordinate efforts with the UN agency in times of conflict and emergency.