The European Union Friday published a full list of the countries and the amount they pledged at the Coronavirus Global Response virtual event held on 4 May hosted by the European Commission.
Kuwait has pledged USD 100 million for the Coronavirus Global Response, according to the EU list.
The Commission said in a statement that Coronavirus Global Response has so far raised 9.8 billion euro (USD 10.8 billion), 2.3 billion euro (USD 2.5 billion ) more than expected.
The outcome of the 4 May pledging event shows the willingness and capacity of the world to join forces and pool resources to overcome the pandemic, it noted.
Meanwhile, Kuwaitآ’s Ambassador to the EU, Belgium and NATO Jasem Albudaiwi in a statement to KUNA today underlined the importance of Kuwait’s participation in the global event.
He stated that the participation of His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, who was representing His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, is in line with “the framework of constructive interaction that the State of Kuwait attaches to its cooperation with the international community, particularly in combating the Corona pandemic.” He noted the State of Kuwait donated USD 40 million at this conference, which was organized by the European Union on 4 May 2020, in addition to its previous donation of USD 60 million.
Ambassador Albudaiwi underlined that the role of the State of Kuwait in this global framework will not end and that international coordination and cooperation with the global community will continue until this pandemic is eliminated.
He indicated that Kuwait will continue to share its experiences with the virus with other countries in order to mutually benefit in the fight against the Coronavirus.
He further stated that the USD 100 million donation by the State of Kuwait to combat the spread of the virus has three goals, to discover a vaccine, find a cure for the virus and increase development of diagnosis ability.
In this context, Ambassador Albudaiwi stressed the importance of diplomacy in increasing solidarity among the international community and uniting efforts to confront the common threats facing the world.
In a related development, the pledging marathon that started on 4 May will now see the launch of a new campaign with the international advocacy organisation Global Citizen : Global Goal: Unite For Our Future, that will culminate in a Global Pledging Summit on Saturday 27 June.
Together with the Global Citizen, the European Commission said. it will step up the mobilisation of funding to enable the world to overcome this pandemic and avoid another.
Source: Kuwait News Agency