Saudi Arabia joins UN Big Data Global Working Group

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the Saudi General Authority for Statistics. (Courtesy of GAS website)
Updated 07 February 2018

Saudi Arabia joins UN Big Data Global Working Group

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the General Authority of Statistics (GAS), has become a member of the UN Big Data Global Working Group, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The new membership of the Kingdom in the group has raised its members to 22 countries, and nine global agencies and regional groupings.

Commenting on the Kingdom’s membership in this global organization, the head of the GAS, Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, said it comes in recognition of the Kingdom’s active role on the global statistical map.

He said the selection of the Kingdom to the organization also reflects the results of the strategic transformation of the statistical sector in the Kingdom to which the leadership renders all support for its role in supporting decisions of national development.

He said the Kingdom’s membership in the group will enhance its position in the area of big data at the global level.

The participation of the GAS in the group is represented in building capacities and spreading awareness of the importance of big data and joining global forums on data, services, and other applications related to it, he said.

In addition to the Kingdom, group has members representing 21 countries and international organizations, and regional groupings such as Euro Stat, the GCC Statistics Center, the International Communication Union (ICU), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the UN Economic Committee for Europe, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

Updated 28 February 2020

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

  • OIC secretary-general notes that the organization continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen announced on Wednesday that the OIC will adopt the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) after it is revised in accordance with international human-rights standards. The foreign ministers of the OIC member states are expected to approve the CDHRI at their meeting in Niamey, Niger in April.

 Al-Othaimeen was speaking at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), held in Geneva on Wednesday, where he highlighted some of the efforts the OIC has made to fight racism and xenophobia — including Islamophobia — claiming that they are the result of “intellectual and political resistance to cultural pluralism.”

He said the OIC, in cooperation with its partners, has prepared “a comprehensive and consensual approach to address incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion.”

Al-Othaimeen’s speech, which was delivered on his behalf by OIC Geneva Permanent Representative Nassima Baghli, stressed that terrorism, including religious extremism, is a major source of concern for the international community. He pointed out that the OIC continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups and has established the Sawt Al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom) Center, which focuses on addressing the ideological rhetoric of extremists.

His speech also reviewed the most common human-rights violations suffered by Muslims, referring to the detailed documentation from the UN’s own human rights bodies and the OIC of discrimination and violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

Al-Othaimeen explained that America’s actions in Palestine in recent months required the OIC to stress that any peace initiative between Israel and Palestine must be consistent with legitimate rights, foremost among which is the right to self-determination.

He also stressed the OIC’s support for Kashmiris in their pursuit of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with international resolutions and highlighted the OIC’s condemnation of Armenia’s continued occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions bordering Azerbaijan.