Role of youth in confronting global issues highlighted at World Forum in Egypt

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency, MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addresses participants in the "World Youth Forum," a government-organized event, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Role of youth in confronting global issues highlighted at World Forum in Egypt

RIYADH: World peace, prosperity, harmony and progress were the ambitious aims of the World Youth Forum (WYF) attended by a Saudi youth delegation in Sharm El-Sheikh this week.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated the WYF, visited by 3,203 young men and women from 110 countries, in the presence of prominent Arab and international figures in the Egyptian resort city.
The Saudi youth delegation participated as speakers in a number of sessions including one on the “Role of Cinema in Terrorism and Extremism,” and “Volunteerism and Community Work.”
The Saudi delegation included 45 young men and women representing a group of Saudi universities, the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue and the Foreign Ministry, said Abdullah Al-Saqabi, director of the student activities and partnership department at King Saud University.
The WYF, which finished on Friday, consisted of four themes. The first theme, “Global Youth Issues”, included discussions on terrorism and how young people will play a meaningful role in confronting the issues of climate change, migration and refugees.
The second theme, “Sustainable Development, Technology and Entrepreneurship,” reviewed international experiences in achieving sustainable development and presented innovative youth experiences in entrepreneurship, while discussing the impact of technology on young people’s lives.
The third theme was about civilizations and cultures, and included subjects such as the arts and literature, cultural identity, how to integrate civilizations and cultures, and how to benefit from the rich diversity that results from dealing with the damage caused by conflicts and wars.
The final theme, “Making Future Leaders,” assessed experiences at the international level that will train youth to become future leaders.


Saudi diplomat leads anti-drugs campaign in Lebanon

Updated 25 June 2018
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Saudi diplomat leads anti-drugs campaign in Lebanon

  • A number of ministers, deputies and ambassadors participated in the event. Among them were Minister of Tourism Avidis Kidianian, Moroccan Ambassador Mohammed Krein, UAE Ambassador Hamad Al-Shamsi and Algerian Ambassador Ahmed Bouziane,
  • Deputy Taymour Jumblatt, who received the riders at Mukhtarah in Chouf, tweeted: "It is a remarkable initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse.

BEIRUT: The Saudi Embassy, at the initiative of Saudi Charge d'Affaires in Lebanon Walid Bukhari and in coordination with the city's Harley-Davidson Club, organized a motorbike tour under the slogan "For a Better Tomorrow" on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Bukhari personally took part in the tour. He wore Harley-Davidson T-shirt and cap and put on dark glasses and joined dozens of members of the famous American motorcycling club in Lebanon on a tour from King Salman Avenue in Beirut to the Chouf District in Mount Lebanon.

A number of ministers, deputies and ambassadors participated in the event, including Minister of Tourism Avidis Kidianian, Moroccan Ambassador Mohammed Krein, UAE Ambassador Hamad Al-Shamsi, Algerian ambassador Ahmed Bouziane, Yemeni Ambassador Abdullah Al-Dais, Australian Ambassador Glenn Miles, Pakistani Ambassador Aftab Ahmed Khokher and UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Philippe Lazzarini.

The Saudi charge d'affaires said: "This campaign comes within the directives of King Salman in dealing with matters of interest to the community."

He thanked the ministers, deputies and ambassadors who "wanted to participate in this initiative, through which we demonstrate the beauty of Lebanon, which deserves forgoing vice in order to live quietly and achieve peace in this society.

"This initiative reflects the reality of renewed Saudi diplomatic thought that cares about the human being wherever it is at all times, and we have many initiatives that contribute to the service of man."

Bukhari pointed out: "We visited all regions in Lebanon and had initiatives in the north and south, and now the time has come for the Chouf District because its beauty deserves to be displayed in this initiative."

The Moroccan ambassador said: "The diplomatic corps in Lebanon stands with all initiatives to combat all types of social vice, such as drugs, and to explore the beauty and diversity of Lebanese nature and showcase them."

Deputy Taymour Jumblatt, who received the riders at Mukhtarah in Chouf, tweeted: "It is a remarkable initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. Helping drug addicts and convincing them of the possibility of getting out of this cycle is a national duty because the young generation remains the title of every hope for a prosperous future."