Muslim World League launches emergency campaign for flood-affected people in Mozambique

MWL Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa distributes aid packets among poor families in northern Mozambique. (SPA)
Updated 01 May 2018

Muslim World League launches emergency campaign for flood-affected people in Mozambique

JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL) has launched an emergency humanitarian relief campaign to alleviate the situation of rain- and flood-affected people in northern Mozambique.

The Mozambican prime minister’s representative, Veronica Lenga, conveyed the PM’s greetings to Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, for his quick response in providing aid and its large humanitarian projects, especially in the southern African countries.

Teams of the MWL have helped more than 13,000 people affected by the heavy rains that caused flash floods in Mozambique. Emergency humanitarian relief included 2,500 food baskets and large quantities of raw materials and agricultural equipment.

The emergency relief targeted Nampula province, one of the neediest and poorest regions in northern Mozambique with more than seven million people. The relief campaign comes within the framework of the comprehensive programs implemented by the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD) for the purpose of helping the poor, the needy and victims of disasters in Africa, to achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction on the continent.

The secretary-general of the IARCD, Abdul Aziz Sarhan, made clear that directives of MWL’s secretariat also included the province of Angoche. The governor of the affected province, Khonsika Munil, thanked the relief team affiliated with the MWL for coming to this far region and providing support and aid to affected families who lost thousands of houses owing to flash floods that have not been witnessed in the region for many years.

Sarhan pointed out that the MWL provided relief and health assistance to the neediest people in Mozambique amounting to SR8,595,676 ($2,292,180) from which more than 454,242 people have benefited over the past 20 years, stressing that the league would implement many humanitarian projects in the coming days.

UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 22 May 2019

UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

  • Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at UN headquarters in New York
  • Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech

NEW YORK: UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

At the United Nations on Tuesday, the Saudi Ministry of Culture highlighted the important role that diverse cultures and national heritage can play in the development of nations and promoting peace, and the ways in which the Kingdom is using this to encourage intercultural dialogue, diversity and openness.

The conference, titled Culture and Sustainable Development, was organized by the UN General Assembly in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to mark the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor of international relations at the ministry, delivered the Kingdom's speech during the event at the UN’s New York HQ. She said “culture is an essential part of the Saudi Vision 2030” and highlighted the “importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace, and the common endeavor of all countries to build a rich cultural future in which various kinds of culture and arts flourish.” She also described the vision and outlook of the ministry, and the ambitious initiatives it has implemented to develop the Saudi cultural sector.

The conference, which was based around the importance of cultural diversity and indigenous cultures to sustainable development, focused on local, regional and international experiences of this. It highlighted the relationship between culture and diversity, and how they link to local solutions to climate change and environmental challenges; offered views on the effective role of culture in providing decent employment opportunities and reducing poverty; social resilience and other aspects of sustainable development plans; and showed how culture, arts, education and the creative industries can contribute to the achievement of development goals and creative solutions in urban and rural areas, at local and national levels.

The event also included a panel discussion titled “Cultural Diversity as a Common Human Heritage.” It explored two themes: “Culture and Education: Foundations of Sustainability” and “Culture as an Instrument for Change, Innovation, Empowerment and Equality.”

Other issues were also addressed, including the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage, the role of traditional knowledge and skills to promote environmental sustainability, the resilience of climate-related disasters and the impact of cultural heritage on identity preservation and peace building.

The Ministry of Culture took part in the event as pat of its efforts to promote cultural dialogue and showcase the Kingdom’s experiences in pursuing its ambitious cultural-development goals, which are an integral part of the transformations that are key to achieving Saudi Vision 2030.