OIC supports military action in Yemen

Updated 27 March 2015
0

OIC supports military action in Yemen

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed the military action in Yemen and slammed the Houthis for undermining the country’s legitimate government.
Iyad Ameen Madani, secretary general of the OIC, said here Thursday that military action was inevitable to save the country from “the chaos unleashed on it by the Houthi group and its repercussions for the entire region.” He said the OIC was following events with great concern.
Madani said the coalition forces would have to ensure that the country’s constitutionally mandated institutions are allowed to operate unfettered.
He said the OIC had warned repeatedly that the excesses of the Houthis would plunge the country into civil war, which would force certain groups to seek help from external forces and thus violate the nation’s constitution.
Madani said the Houthis had scuttled the national dialogue, the peace agreement and national partnership, and rejected the Gulf initiative on the peaceful transfer of power, which was sponsored by the United Nations and supported by the OIC and several international and regional organizations.
Madani reiterated that the OIC rejects interference in Yemen’s internal affairs as stipulated in its charter. He hoped that the operations now under way would restore stability and peace in the country, so that it takes its rightful place in the Islamic world.


Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated 14 November 2018
0

Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

  • Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • The foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum will open in Riyadh on Wednesday with an eye on the future, reflected in the theme for the third annual event: “Skills for Our Tomorrow.” 

The theme is very much in keeping with the aim of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2011 to develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the future economy.

Also at this year’s forum, the foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries.

Since its first year in 2016, the forum has become an anticipated event for young Saudis, who get to connect with leaders and innovators from around the world in a series of workshops and panels.

“In addition to hosting an elite group of speakers, the forum also offers a unique opportunity for young leaders, inventors and creators to interact with renowned global leaders and inventors,” Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s program lead, explains on the website.

“Throughout the interactive sessions, youth from all over the world can discover, experience and experiment new concepts and insights to meet the challenge of change.”

Each year, MGF chooses a different theme. In 2016, it was “Young Leaders Together,” aimed at empowering a generation of entrepreneurs in the region, while in 2017 it was “Meeting the Challenge of Change.” 

Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. 

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday, but workshops and panels will address three key points: Thriving as adaptable individuals, adjusting to the human-machine partnership and revamping uniquely human collaboration. 

These are broken down into five core skills that will enhance the way young people live and work in the future: Novel thinking, social intelligence, judgment and decision making, adaptability and resilience, and initiative and self-direction.   

More than 3,500 delegates and 100 speakers are expected to attend this year’s forum at Four Seasons Riyadh on Wednesday and Thursday.