Press Release

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day

19 December 2021

The signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Diwan for Human Rights and the United Nations in the State of Kuwait

19 December 2021, The National Diwan for Human Rights and the United Nations Office in the State of Kuwait have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote joint cooperation between the two sides and coordination in the areas of human rights.

The areas of cooperation between the United Nations and the National Diwan for Human Rights set out in the memorandum of understanding covered many aspects of common interest and intersections between the strategic objectives of both sides in order to achieve the objectives of that step.

The head of the Kuwaiti National Diwan for Human Rights, Ambassador Jassem Al-Barki, said in a press release on Sunday, on the sidelines of the signing, that the whole step was aimed at establishing a joint cooperation mechanism that would strengthen the role of the two sides and strengthen their coordination in accordance with the objectives and areas of competence of the parties.

This step, Ambassador Al-Mubarak added, is the added value of strengthening the role of the Cabinet in this regard, aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two sides through capacity-building, promoting awareness of and ensuring the exercise of human rights values, in recognition of the importance of joint cooperation in the areas of human rights.

In a similar statement, the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Resident Coordinator of the State of Kuwait, Dr. Tariq El-Sheikh, paid tribute to Kuwait's efforts to develop human rights mechanisms and to ensure their protection and promotion.

Dr. El-Sheikh noted Kuwait's strong interest in international human rights treaties and charters through the integration of those goals into the State's development plans, particularly in support of women, children, older persons, education and health care.

He referred to the State of Kuwait's humanitarian footprints at the local, regional and international levels, which had led it to gain the appreciation of world organizations.

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Asmae Ait ssi

Public Information Officer
Ms. Ait ssi key functions are: Contributes to strategic advocacy and programme communications in support of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF); chairs and coordinates the UN Communication Group; Assists in partnership building and media relations;Provides substantive support for digital communications; Supports publications and branding management; Assists in the local promotion of United Nations global communications and advocacy priorities on the work of the United Nations in other key thematic areas.
On 9 March 2008, Asmae joined the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Office in the State of Kuwait as Executive and Knowledge Associate. With over 15 years of relatively significant experience, a track record of strong relationship and partnership building with National and International stakeholders and host government, authorities and institutions, Civil Society Organizations, mass Media and the Diplomatic community in Kuwait. Served as a Coordination, Partnership and Communication Officer, contributing to continuous process improvement in the face of rapidly evolving and changing environments. Asmae is also supporting conference management and high-level missions’ coordination, maintenance of UN protocol procedures and high-level representation. Have supported and contributed to the success of large international conferences, signature events/activities such as the UN General Assembly summit, Agenda 2030 SDGs good summit, UN Day celebrations, Syria pledging conferences 2 and 3, Iraq Reconstruction Conference and the Yemeni Talks, the Arab League Summit, the Arab-African Summit, Special Human Rights Procedures/Rapporteurs and the UN Security Council and UNTalks forums.

Asmae’ s background lies in leading and supporting operations, teams, and processes to propel advocacy initiatives while realizing enhanced corporate success and productivity. She has supported the UNRCO in the
identification and implementation of visionary strategic objectives set by the United Nations Country Team to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in accordance with the County’s vision and aspirations. With a developed political acumen and negotiation skills and familiarity with the local and regional context, Asmae can effectively advocate and communicate with partners the strategic objectives of the UN Country Team and provide sound assistance in the promotion of United Nations global communications and advocacy priorities through new advocacy tools building and media relations, providing substantive support for digital communications and publications and branding management.
Asmae holds a Master’s degree in Social Science, in International Management from the University of Liverpool 2015.

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