Saudi G20: Youth group discusses empowerment

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Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi G20: Youth group discusses empowerment

  • Young leaders emphasize importance of using new technologies to amplify youth voices,

RIYADH: Young people from around the world took part in a virtual meeting as part of Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency to discuss international issues related to youth. 

Organized by the Misk Foundation in partnership with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, attendees discussed challenges to youth leadership, particularly lack of opportunity, and the importance of youth leadership, highlighting the different perspectives young people offer, and their adaptability to a rapidly changing world. 

Othman Al-Moamar, Y20 chair and research manager at Misk, said that sharing the platform with youth delegates was a great responsibility.

“Youth’s challenges today are further exacerbated by COVID-19 (the coronavirus disease pandemic) and it’s up to us to make sure we fulfill the promise of this platform by amplifying youth voices and ideas to ultimately see our leaders implement youth-led solutions.”

Other issues discussed in the meeting included the importance of access to education – particularly at the secondary level – to ensure young people have the skills they need, the removal of the stigma surrounding youth leadership, ideas, and participation, and the need to focus on initiatives, policies, and ideas that were realistic and could achieve real-world impact – particularly with the challenges posed by COVID-19.

A number of common themes emerged, such as using technology to develop a global, online platform for young voices as well as the importance of ensuring diversity and ending discrimination.

Saudi Arabia’s Y20 team have chosen to focus their activities around three key themes that complement the broader G20 goals: Future fit – preparing for the future of work and entrepreneurship; empowerment – developing agile and dynamic future leaders; and global citizens – promoting proactive, culturally sensitive problem solvers.


Saudi Health Ministry announces 1,257 new coronavirus cases

Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi Health Ministry announces 1,257 new coronavirus cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,257 new coronavirus cases and 32 new fatalities from the disease.

The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 289,947. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 3,199. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 88 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 65 reported in Dammam and 63 in al-Hafouf.

There have been a further 1,439 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 253,478