OIC chief urges improved food security in wake of pandemic

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP file photo)
OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 13 September 2021

OIC chief urges improved food security in wake of pandemic

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP file photo)
  • Al-Othaimeen stressed the need to support OIC countries in achieving self-sufficiency in food production through mobilizing the organization’s technical and financial capacities

RIYADH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has urged for more efficient short, medium and long-term strategies to further build the food production capacities of OIC member states.
Al-Othaimeen made the appeal in an address to the Fourth Meeting of the General Assembly of the Islamic Organization for Food Security, held virtually under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan on Sept. 8-9.
In the speech, which was read on his behalf by Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs Dr. Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo, Al-Othaimeen warned that the COVID-19 pandemic had “seriously impacted” food systems in member states.
However, he added that OIC members can overcome issues by developing proactive strategies for improving agricultural productivity and focusing more on the production of essential food commodities.
Al-Othaimeen stressed the need to support OIC countries in achieving self-sufficiency in food production through mobilizing the organization’s technical and financial capacities.

BACKGROUND

The Islamic Organization for Food Security was established in 2016 as a specialized institution of the OIC dealing with agriculture, rural development and food security.

The secretary-general also urged the session to consider particular programs to support rural farmers, who in most OIC member states are responsible for producing the bulk of food supplies.
To increase food production and storage, he added that rural farmers need essential tools, access to microfinancing schemes, improved storage facilities and value-addition skills.
Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also addressed the session, which was attended ministers of agriculture and food security from OIC member states.
The Islamic Organization for Food Security was established in 2016 as a specialized institution of the OIC dealing with agriculture, rural development and food security.


Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic

Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic
Updated 25 sec ago

Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic

Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic
  • Remarks made during talks about proposed program budget

NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s ambassador to the UN praised the global organization for continuing its programs during the COVID-19 pandemic and for its liveliness in meeting new and emerging challenges, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Abdullah Al-Mouallimi made the remarks while giving a speech at a meeting of the Fifth Committee during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
The envoy congratulated the head of the Fifth Committee and others on their election as members of the office. He also expressed the Kingdom’s aspiration to work with the committee during the session to ensure it completed its work in a timely manner and that the organization had the required resources to complete its tasks.
Al-Mouallimi expressed the Kingdom’s sincere thanks and appreciation to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for introducing the organization’s proposed program budget for 2022. He also thanked Abdallah Bachar Bong, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, for submitting the committee’s relevant report.
He said the Kingdom supported the statement made by the G77 countries and China about the program budget being one of the most important agenda items of this session.
“It is not just a document full of figures, but a moral document that presents a strategic vision of the organization. In dealing with specific budget proposals, Saudi Arabia welcomes the integration of parts of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East to benefit from regular budget funding, as this would ensure more stable and predictable funding that the agency will use to achieve its mandate,” he said, noting that the Kingdom was one of the agency’s largest contributors. “While welcoming the increased development pillar in the budget, the Kingdom is concerned about the reductions affecting regional committees, including the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.”
The Saudi envoy commended the progress achieved by the UN secretary-general to push forward his strategy for gender equality and the integration of people with disabilities.
Al-Mouallimi said the Kingdom was committed to working constructively with the committee and all delegations on the budget item in order to reach an agreement in the interests of the organization.


High gun sales at Riyadh hunting exhibition

High gun sales at Riyadh hunting exhibition
Updated 6 min 28 sec ago

High gun sales at Riyadh hunting exhibition

High gun sales at Riyadh hunting exhibition

RIYADH: A manager of a gun company participating in the Saudi International Falcons and Hunting Exhibition in Riyadh claimed to have sold around 75 percent of his display stock during the event.
The Weapons Pavilion proved a popular draw for visitors, and the manager in question, Yousef Al-Swailem, said that he had sold out of six of the nine pistol models he was displaying, adding that both men and women had been buying small arms at the exhibition.
Customers were mainly interested in guns with high performance and high levels of safety, he added, as well as accessories.
The third Saudi International Falcons and Hunting Exhibition opened at the headquarters of the Saudi Falcons Club in Mulham, north of Riyadh.
The 10-day event, believed to be the largest of its kind in the world, includes pavilions devoted to hunting weapons, various species of falcons, the arts and family activities, along with shooting ranges, a Saudi village, and a digital museum. A host of accompanying events and a few surprises for visitors are also being organized.
Over the past few decades, falconers in Saudi Arabia have emerged as pioneers in breeding and preservation as the wider falconry industry has grown exponentially since its humble Bedouin beginnings.
The Kingdom has a rich historical heritage and tradition of falconry. A common companion of a Bedouin traveler across the Arabian deserts, hunting with falcons was an integral part of the land for thousands of years as they helped provide nourishment for the weary traveler by catching prey.


Saudi Arabia condemns attack targeting mosque in Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia condemns attack targeting mosque in Afghanistan
Updated 47 min 16 sec ago

Saudi Arabia condemns attack targeting mosque in Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia condemns attack targeting mosque in Afghanistan
  • Suicide bombers attacked the Shiite Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar
  • The mosque was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia strongly condemned an attack that targeted a mosque in southern Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Suicide bombers attacked the Shiite Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on Friday.

The mosque was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers and the attack killed at least 47 people and wounded 70, a Taliban official said.

The ministry expressed the Kingdom's hope for stability in Afghanistan as soon as possible and stressed its support for the Afghan people.

It also reiterated the Kingdom's rejection of such criminal acts which are incompatible with all religious principles, morals, and human values.


Saudi Arabia’s role in empowering women highlighted

Saudi Arabia’s role in empowering women highlighted
Updated 49 min 55 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s role in empowering women highlighted

Saudi Arabia’s role in empowering women highlighted
  • Dr. Al-Ahmadi noted that there is a great legislative movement in the Kingdom regarding women's rights

SAINT PETERSBURG: Saudi Arabia participated at the Third Euro-Asian Forum for Women's in Saint Petersburg to highlight critical economic roles. Saudi women played vital roles in entrepreneurship, leadership positions and participation in decision-making in the public and private sectors, and more.

Organized by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly (the Senate) of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States. A delegation from the Saudi Shoura Council, headed by assistant-speaker Dr. Hanan bint Abdulrahim Al-Ahmadi, highlighted the Kingdom's role in empowering women and their essential role in society and their contribution in different fields.

The Forum, inaugurated in 2015, is the largest international platform uniting female leaders from all continents to discuss women's role in the modern world and work out new approaches to solving global problems.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, attended the second day of the Forum. In his speech, he stressed that the Forum brings together women who are political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists in the public sector from more than 100 countries worldwide, which is unbelievable in light of the current circumstances in the world today.

Putin underlined that due to women's great awareness of the value of life and their compassion, they have always had a special mission in the field of healthcare. He stressed his confidence that this will continue in the future and that women will have a role in developing the healthcare sector, medicine, and protecting public health, considering the lessons learned from the pandemic.

He also showed his gratitude to the world's doctors and healthcare workers for everything they do to fight COVID-19 in the whole world.

In her speech at the open session titled "The Group of Women in the Work of the G-20 Summit (W20), and the Role of Women in Restoring Stability," Dr. Al-Ahmadi praised Saudi Arabia's role in hosting the G20 meetings and G20 summit meetings, including the women's Group (W20) during a difficult time due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She noted that empowering women is a journey that has no end and that all countries are working hard to reach and achieve their goals in women's empowerment.

Dr. Al-Ahmadi noted that there is a great legislative movement in the Kingdom regarding women's rights. It includes the issuance of a law related to fighting harassment, laws supporting women who provide for their families, and decisions that give them the ability to travel, such as the right to drive, in addition to many supportive and possible choices for women. She added that this was only possible with the great support of the Saudi leadership, emphasizing the critical legislative role of the Shoura Council in this great movement through its legislative, supervisory, and parliamentary functions.


Saudi Arabia issues royal decrees, appoints new health and Hajj ministers

Saudi Arabia issues royal decrees, appoints new health and Hajj ministers
Updated 15 October 2021

Saudi Arabia issues royal decrees, appoints new health and Hajj ministers

Saudi Arabia issues royal decrees, appoints new health and Hajj ministers
  • Tawfiq Al-Rabiah has been appointed the new minister of Hajj and Umrah
  • Fahd Al-Jalajel has been appointed as the Kingdom’s new health minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia issued a host of royal decrees on Friday including the appointment of new ministers for the health and Hajj and Umrah portfolios.

Former health minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah has been appointed the new minister of Hajj and Umrah.

Fahd Al-Jalajel has been appointed as the Kingdom’s new health minister.

Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Arifi has been relieved of his post as assistant minister of transport and was appointed as an advisor to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

Lt. Gen. Mutlaq bin Salem Al-Azima has been promoted to the rank of general and was appointed commander of the joint forces.

A new authority for the development of the Saudi cities of Yanbu, Umluj, Al-Wajh, and Duba has been established.