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UNICEF signs an agreement with the International Islamic Relief Organization

RIYADH, 9 June 2008 –UNICEF today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIROSA) to strengthen cooperation and support for children’s rights, health, equality and protection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other countries.

The ceremony was attended by Dr. Adnan bin Khalil Basha, Secretary General, IIROSA and Dr. Ayman Abu Laban, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf.

“The partnership with IIROSA is in-line with UNICEF’s policy that encourages the exchange of expertise and experiences regionally and internationally; and to collaborate and join forces as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS). It’s also one of UNICEF’s strategic goals to provide what is in the best interest of children”, said Dr. Abu Laban.  “Building partnerships with leading organizations like the International Relief organization is the result of our trust in their continuous and effective efforts to protect and secure a better future for children” he added.

Through this MoU both organizations agree to collaborate on several areas including:


  • National and international implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
  • Effective contribution to poverty reduction by providing infant, child and maternal care at the family, community, service-provider and policy levels;
  • Quality education and high enrollment, especially for girls. As well as ensure education in emergencies and support the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative;
  • Increased care and services for vulnerable and orphaned children from HIV and AIDS along with prevention programmes for children and adolescents.

Both organizations are committed to protecting children from violence, exploitation, and abuse, by advocating for children rights within all sectors of society and government.

UNICEF works in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:
Zeina Habib
Communication and Partnerships Officer
Tel: +971 4 3600781
Mob: +971 50 6562753
E-mail: zhabib@unicef.org




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