G20’s youth-engagement group gets underway in Saudi Arabia, backed by MiSK and Ithra

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Updated 20 February 2020

G20’s youth-engagement group gets underway in Saudi Arabia, backed by MiSK and Ithra

  • The member of Y20 will discuss issues that particularly affect young people around the world

RIYADH: Preparations for the Y20 summit of young people from the G20 nations, which will take place in Riyadh in October, have begun in Saudi Arabia. The summit is being organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (MiSK) in cooperation with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The members of the Y20, the official youth engagement group of the G20, will discuss issues that particularly affect young people around the world, including: global citizenship, effective problem solving that takes into account cultural differences, youth empowerment, the development of flexible and dynamic future leaders in a changing world, and preparing to meet and overcome future challenges. They will then come up with recommendations that will be submitted to world leaders during the next G20 summit, which is due to be held in November in Riyadh.

The involvement of MiSK and Ithra in the Y20 activities is an extension of the roles they play in supporting and empowering young people at local and international levels, and their belief in the fresh perspective that young people can bring to issues. Their belief in the potential of youth is reflected by a wide range of global programs, initiatives and partnerships that aim to encourage and help young people develop their ideas, become active members of the international community and contribute to sustainable development.

The Y20 is one of eight official engagement groups led by civil society organizations each year in the G20 host country. The others represent the business community (B20), civil society (C20), labor unions (L20), scientists (S20), think tanks (T20), urban issues (U20), and women (W20).
 


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

Updated 07 April 2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.