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).
 


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.