OIC prepares for foreign ministers’ council meeting

Updated 19 June 2017
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OIC prepares for foreign ministers’ council meeting

JEDDAH: The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will convene the 44th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) to be hosted in the Cote d’Ivoire capital, Abidjan, on July 10-11, 2017.
The 44th CFM will be held under the theme “The Role of Youth, Peace and Development in a World in Solidarity.” Prominent issues topping the agenda include countering terrorism, extremism and Islamophobia, and the latest developments on the regional and international scenes, particularly the Palestinian question and the situations in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan.
The council will also discuss the humanitarian situation in a number of countries, particularly Somalia, Nigeria, and countries of the Lake Chad Basin, as well as the humanitarian and political situation in the Central African Republic.
The foreign ministers will also deliberate on the situation of Muslim communities in non-OIC member states, particularly the Rohingya in Myanmar and Muslims in the Philippines and Thailand.
There will be meetings of the OIC contact groups on Muslims in Europe, which will be held on the sidelines of the conference.
The session will also discuss the latest developments in the economic, cultural and social, and media fields, in addition to the domains of youth and women, science and technology, as well as the ongoing efforts to implement OIC-2025, a 10-year program of action.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.