Saudi Ministry of Health celebrates International Volunteer Day

Updated 06 December 2017
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Saudi Ministry of Health celebrates International Volunteer Day

JEDDAH: On the occasion of World Volunteer Day, the Ministry of Health initiated a campaign titled “My Volunteering is Health,” to commemorate World Volunteer Day which falls on Dec. 5.
International Volunteer Day is an international observance designated by the United Nations in 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individuals to make their contributions visible.
The initiative took place along the four walkways of Jeddah city (Tahlia, Rehab, Hilton and Fayhaa); it ran from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event included participation of many government hospitals, in addition to a volunteers and specialists who represented many medical departments; many centers for people with special needs also volunteered.
Sierrina Eisa a student at the Open Arab University told Arab News: “Usually I come here to walk with my friends and surprisingly, today I found that the Ministry of Health is celebrating International Day for Volunteering. I think it is a great initiative to encourage youths to volunteer.”
Doctor Hind Faisal, from the department of academic affairs at Sharq Jeddah Hospital, told Arab News: “Sharq Jeddah Hospital and many of its health centers are volunteering today to develop the spirit of volunteering among its employees.”
The campaign aims to provide 2,000 volunteering initiatives distributed through various regions of the Kingdom. it is implemented through 20,000 volunteers among its employees with a total of more than 60,000 volunteering hours.
International Volunteer Day is marked by many non-governmental organizations, including the Red Cross, the scouts and others. It is also marked and supported by UN volunteers.
Apart from mobilizing thousands of volunteers every year, the UN Volunteers program works closely with partners and governments to establish national programs to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism. Through the Online Volunteering services, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet.
The main focus of International Volunteer Day 2017 is not only to celebrate volunteerism in all its facets, but also to pay special tribute to people’s participation in making a difference locally, nationally and globally.
The Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health Volunteering will be announced as well as the best initiatives will be honored at the district level, including hospitals and health centers.
 
 


‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) holds its 43rd session in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 21 October 2018
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‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

  • The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts

JEDDAH: The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) held its 43rd session in Makkah, with senior scholars and ministers from Muslim countries in attendance.
The council expressed solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people, and condemned attempts to target the Kingdom, saying its stability and security are a red line for the Muslim world.
The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts, and its fight against extremism and terrorism.
The great place that the Kingdom occupies in the hearts of Muslims is founded on a sincere and firm belief in its care for Muslim sanctity, the council said, adding that targeting Saudi stability also affects international stability.
The council discussed several matters, including the Palestinian cause, developments in Syria and Yemen, the tragedy of Myanmar’s Rohingya people, the fight against extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and the importance of promoting dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures.
It also discussed the well-being of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, expressing regret and concern about Islamophobia, and calling for peaceful coexistence.
The council urged Muslims in these countries to fulfil their duty to educate their children, and protect them from deviant ideologies and groups that use religion as a pretext to justify terrorism and extremism.
It also urged Muslims in these countries to use legitimate channels to enjoy their just religious and cultural rights, to contribute to societal development, and to support stability and integration.
The council highlighted the MWL’s efforts and international presence in influential platforms, especially in the West.
Islamophobia is creating serious rifts in multicultural societies and damaging the social contract based on equal citizenship, the council said.
It expressed its full support for the MWL’s programs and activities that highlight the truth about Islam and its values, promote intellectual and religious awareness among Muslim minorities, and spread the values of toleration, moderation and peace.
The council reviewed the MWL’s efforts against radicalization and terrorism, including international collaborative programs, conferences, forums, statements and visits to Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
It noted the MWL’s efforts to promote dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures, including its secretary-general’s meeting with Vatican leaders, the signing of a historic cooperation agreement with the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, and organizing an international peace conference at Oxford University.
The council agreed to establish an international center for cultural exchanges, as part of its support for the Conference on Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World.
The council stressed the importance of building good East-West relations and launching initiatives to foster cooperation, cultural exchanges and positive values.
“Only 10 percent of our common principles are sufficient to bring peace and harmony to our world,” said MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.