King backs nomination of Al-Amoudi to UICC board

Updated 30 January 2013
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King backs nomination of Al-Amoudi to UICC board

JEDDAH: In another gesture of the Kingdom’s efforts to empower Saudi women, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, has approved the nomination of Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi as a member of the board of directors at the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The approval comes four months after Al-Amoudi, was announced as the first GCC women to win a prestigious seat in the UICC, at a conference held in Montreal, Canada. Currently Al-Amoudi serves as an associate professor at King Abdul-Aziz University (KAAU) and CEO of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Center for Excellence in Breast Cancer. She is also a breast cancer survivor herself.  
“This approval confirms the confidence and trust King Abdullah has bestowed upon our university and also our great confidence in the ability of Dr. Al-Amoudi to represent us in the best way in the Union for International Cancer Control,” Osama bin Sadiq Tayeb, president of King Abdul-Aziz University said. Al-Amoudi is one of the 14 newly elected members of the UICC board of directors, chosen from various countries such as the US, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, India, Jordan, France, Norway and Japan. All members will serve a two-year term beginning this year.
Commenting on the king’s approval and winning the prestigious seat, Al Amoudi said, “I want to thank King Abdullah for his approval and for giving me the ability to show the world the great advancement of Saudi and GCC women and the progress we have made. In addition, this is a true testament to the support and massive steps taken by government authorities and universities in assisting women in achieving high positions in the local and international community.” 
She further added that being a board member of the UICC would help her greatly in her efforts of spreading cancer awareness in the Kingdom and the world. “I plan to take this chance to collaborate with other professors and international organizations to exchange knowledge and gain experience in areas of advocacy and awareness, to contribute toward combating cancer in the GCC region,” she explained.
“Al-Amoudi’s win is a major breakthrough for Arab women and proof of the significant development of women in the GCC societies,” stated Dr. Khaled Al-Saleh, secretary-general of the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control in a telephone interview.
He concluded by saying that Saudi Arabia currently has 700 specialized cancer-related associations and that the seat would enable Al-Amoudi to acquire expert opinions as well as the latest research from the cancer community and take them to the global stage of the UICC, gaining official recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSCO).


Public diplomacy key to raising Saudi Arabia’s media profile

Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, chairs the session on public diplomacy in Jeddah on Friday. (SPA)
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Public diplomacy key to raising Saudi Arabia’s media profile

  • Saudi Arabia is also making sincere efforts to facilitate greater and easier access for cultural diplomacy to take place through international tourism

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday staged a lecture in the Kingdom on public diplomacy.
Delegates attending the event, held at OIC headquarters in Jeddah, included senior OIC officials and general secretariat members, and diplomats based in the city.
Titled “Public Diplomacy, Impact of Soft Power and Reinforcement of Mental Picture,” the lecture was part of a monthly intellectual series of presentations organized under the direction of OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen.
The lecture was run by Ambassador Ali Quwtali, the OIC director for Palestine and Al-Quds Affairs, and delivered by Saud Kateb, a Saudi writer and undersecretary for public diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During his talk Kateb highlighted an article on the subject he had written for Al-Madina newspaper in 2016. “It is when we hide our faces that others paint it as they please,” he told delegates, praising Saudi Arabia’s efforts to showcase the country’s diversity to the world.
Kateb’s highly visual presentation noted that public diplomacy had a major role play in raising the media profile of the Kingdom.
Al-Othaimeen said the lecture program aimed to enrich attendees, and he added that the first OIC Festival held in Cairo earlier this month, had expressed the diversity of the Islamic world.
Public diplomacy is the promotion of ideas and national interests by informing and educating people around the world through cultural activities, exchange programs and social media.
Saudi Arabia is also making sincere efforts to facilitate greater and easier access for cultural diplomacy to take place through international tourism.