C20 co-chair urges governments to listen

Dania Al-Maeena, chief executive of Aloula – the first nonprofit in Saudi Arabia that fights poverty through early intervention. (Screenshot)
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Updated 10 October 2020

C20 co-chair urges governments to listen

  • Dania Al-Maeena was making her closing remarks at the C20, which is the civil society engagement group of the G20

DUBAI: Governments should listen to people and ensure that their voices are heard, the chief executive of a Saudi non-profit organization told a virtual summit of civil society stakeholders from around the world.

Dania Al-Maeena was making her closing remarks at the C20, which is the civil society engagement group of the G20.

Al-Maeena is co-chair of the C20 and the summit was hosted by Riyadh.

“We must always listen to voices without discrimination or proxy,” she said in her video address. “The world is not short of effective frameworks for action, we have them endorsed and committed to. What we are missing is the action toward realizing sustainable development equally everywhere, with serious commitment to systemic reforms and economic reconstructions. We need to work together through a trustworthy multilateral system. It is time to double down on cooperation across countries, cultures and political orientations. Rules-based, fair and solidarity-driven multilateralism is our best way to tackle our complex cross-border problems.”

An earlier communique from the group said that civil society was being “sidelined from global and local decision-making more than at any other time in modern history.”

“The backroom global policy making, aided by private interest and lobbyists, has led to the decline of participatory processes and democratic governance,” it said.

It called on G20 leaders to “adopt just policies for an inclusive recovery, restore faith in multilateralism, and attend immediately to the climate and ecological crisis.”

Al-Maeena is the chief executive of Aloula, a non-profit in Saudi Arabia that fights poverty through early intervention.


Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Junaidal, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 26 November 2020

Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Junaidal, Saudi Shoura Council member

Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Junaidal was appointed as a Shoura Council member on Oct. 19.

King Salman appointed 150 members to the council for a period of four years and named Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh as the consultative assembly’s head.

Al-Junaidal received a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Saud University, Riyadh, in 1983.

In 1988, he obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Illinois.

He previously served as the Saudi Fund for Development’s director of the legal department and as an administrative manager before that.

Al-Junaidal is a member of joint committees of Arab, regional and international financial bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

For six years, he was a member of the board of directors for Saudi Real Estate.

Between 2012 and 2016, he acted as a member of the committee of those objecting to tax and zakat disputes. He is also a member of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization.

Al-Junaidal served as the Kingdom’s deputy governor on the board of the directors of the OPEC Fund for International Development.

He served as a member of the Kingdom’s delegation for the governors of Arab Financial Institutions and the Islamic Development Bank.