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

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.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to organize seminar on Islamophobia

Islamophobia seminar will be held in Istanbul. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 October 2018

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to organize seminar on Islamophobia

  • The event will be held on Oct. 17-18

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will organize the 5th international seminar on Islamophobia in Istanbul.

The event will be held on Oct. 17-18 in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Justice, and will discuss the roots and causes of Islamophobia against Muslims.

Separately on Sunday, the OIC condemned the attack on a political rally in Takhar province of Afghanistan.

Fourteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded after a motorcycle bomb detonated, targeting the crowd attending the rally.  Two security officers were also among those killed in the explosion.

The OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen extended his condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan over the attack and wished a quick recovery of the injured.

The secretary-general appealed to the Kabul government, politicians and the people to maintain national unity. More than 2,500 candidates are contesting the long-delayed legislative elections in Afghanistan. AN Jeddah