KAICIID, UN Office on Genocide Prevention sign MoU

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UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention Adama Dieng visits the KAICIID office in New York to discuss a way forward in implementing Fez Process Action Plan. (Twitter photo)
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KAICIID Director General Fahad Abualnasr and senior staff welcome the UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention, Adama Dieng, to the center's headquarters in New York. (Twitter photo)
Updated 23 July 2017

KAICIID, UN Office on Genocide Prevention sign MoU

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) and the UN Office on Genocide Prevention have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support religious institutions in enhancing global peace and coexistence, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
KAICIID Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, and the special adviser to the UN secretary-general on genocide prevention, Adama Dieng, signed the MoU in New York.
The partnership aims to combat violence and hatred, minimize exploitation of religion to justify crimes, and promote coexistence and understanding.
The two organizations have agreed to organize international conferences and meetings.
They will also conduct research and studies on situations in targeted areas, in a bid to develop plans to strengthen peace and dialogue in accordance with international best practices.
Bin Muammar welcomed the deal, and said religious leaders and institutions have an essential role in dealing with racism, extremism and sectarianism, as they have often put an end to conflicts and supported tolerance.
He said the partnership’s success will come via activation of the role of religious institutions.
Dieng said KAICIID has supported the UN Office on Genocide Prevention for more than two years.
“The memorandum will strengthen this partnership and enhance our goal to curb crimes against humanity worldwide,” he added.

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.