Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to support the humanitarian situation in Iraq recommended Monday to implement humanitarian and development programs, worth US$335 million, in Iraqi areas affected by armed conflicts.

The NGOs conference kicked off on Monday as a part of the three-day Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI).

In its final communique, participants emphasised on the need to have such programmes distributed in areas of health, shelter, education, rehabilitation and other humanitarian fields, stressing the need to respond to the humanitarian situation in Iraq, particularly in affected areas.

They stressed the importance of setting up a mechanism to follow up on the outcome of the conference and the implementation of these humanitarian programmes.

Participants called on donor organisations to implement and supervise the programmes in cooperation and coordination with Iraqi local authorities, in order to promote the principle of transparency and to make maximum use of those relief and development programmes.

Participants stressed the need to continue to consolidate and strengthen humanitarian partnership efforts in adopting relief programmes to support basic needs of Iraqis, and to help displaced Iraqis in various areas.

The conference also highlighted the importance of prioritising relief and development programmes to the most affected areas while not neglecting the rest of the affected areas.

The NGOs called on the Iraqi government to expand its support and facilities for NGOs to carry out their humanitarian responsibilities in the implementation of relief and development programmes.

They called on Iraqi authorities to provide accurate information and data on the humanitarian situation in Iraq and to draw up plans, programmes, and priorities regarding the humanitarian situation there.

The three-day KICRI kicked off Monday in Kuwait City, which brought together several economic powers, as well as regional and international organisations, to make contributions to rebuilding Iraq after many years of war and conflict that ripped through various parts of the country.

Source: NAM News Network