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OIC to discuss international prize for promoting tolerance, dialogue

October 29, 2017 rbksa 0
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Mon, 2017-10-30 03:00
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JEDDAH: The committee for instituting the OIC’s international prize to honor media outlets and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting tolerance, harmony and intercultural dialogue, will hold its second meeting at the headquarters of the Union of News Agencies in OIC Member States (UNA) in Jeddah on Monday.
The director of the public information and communication department, Maha Akeel, said that the meeting will discuss the terms and modalities of launching the prize, which was established at the initiative of President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall, chairman of the Standing Committee on Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC), pursuant to Resolution No. 09/11 issued by the 11th Session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers, held in Jeddah Dec. 21-22, 2016.
The prize comes in implementation of the resolution titled “OIC Media Strategy in Countering Islamophobia and Its Implementation Mechanisms,” which was presented to the 11th session in 2016. Akeel said that OIC member states expressed their concern at the rising intolerance against Islam and Muslims in the West and in many areas in the world.
“This intolerance is exacerbated to a large extent by widespread reporting, writings, articles, interviews, commentaries, editorials, op-eds in some Western print and visual media, including social networking sites,” she added.
To counter these campaigns, which deliberately target Islam, the OIC, through various actions, seeks to show the world that Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance.

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Information ministers call for promoting values of tolerance, cultural diversity

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Mon, 2017-10-30 03:00
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MANAMA: Information ministers of countries calling for combating terrorism welcomed the US strategy toward Iran, the biggest state sponsor of terrorism, stressing the significance of combating terrorism and those who sponsor it.
In their meeting hosted by Manama on Sunday, the information ministers emphasized the need to address Qatar’s interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and its systematic policy of subversion that supports political Islam that adopts terrorism as a means to achieve goals.
The ministers also attached great importance to addressing the hate speech sponsored by Qatar’s government and media, and the policy of isolating the Qatari people from their Gulf and Arab environment.
They called for promoting values of tolerance and cultural diversity, as well as positive interaction between communities, and highlighting the civilized image of the Gulf region.
Reinforcing joint media action to serve international efforts to combat extremism, terrorism and hate speech were also discussed.

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High-level meeting looks at increasing response to suffering in Yemen

October 29, 2017 rbksa 0
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RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Mon, 2017-10-30 03:00
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RIYADH: A high-level meeting to enhance the humanitarian response in Yemen got underway in the Saudi capital on Sunday with the primary stakeholders calling for more support from concerned organizations to resolve the crisis.
A five-member panel headed by Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser to the royal court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), discussed the challenges and opportunities for humanitarian work in Yemen.
Other panel members included Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi, Yemen’s deputy premier and foreign minister; Sir Mark Lowcock, UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator; Christos Stylianides, humanitarian aid and crisis management commissioner at the EU for civil protection and humanitarian aid operations; and Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Hbabi, chief of military civilian operations.
Al-Rabeeah expressed concern about the crisis which has exacted a heavy toll on human lives, property and infrastructure.
Yemen has also been the epicenter of the single largest outbreak of cholera in a single year, with more than 700,000 suspected cases and more than 2,100 associated deaths reported since April 27.
Al-Rabeeah also noted that millions of Yemeni children could not go to school owing to various factors, such as the non-availability of teachers because their salaries have not been paid.
He said the KSRelief is developing a matrix — a cultural, social and political environment in which something develops — for the war-riven country. Young Saudis, male and female, will be involved as part of the program, Al-Rabeeah said.
Al-Mekhlafi said one challenge is the funding of humanitarian work in Yemen, adding that “we suffer from the lack of coordination between the legitimate government and humanitarian organizations.”
He also mentioned non-payment of salaries to employees in areas controlled by the Houthi rebels and their cohorts as another challenge for Yemen.
“The legitimate Yemeni government wants to pay them but it doesn’t have the amount needed. This is because the Houthi rebels collect 70 percent of the non-oil revenues,” he said.
He also noted the poor system of aid distribution, adding that the office for work coordination is in an area controlled by the Houthis.
He added that sometimes, the aid for distribution is seized by the Houthis who sell it on the black market. “We call on international humanitarian organizations to stop this act of the Houthi rebels,” he said.
Lowcock stressed three points: The first was that humanitarian aid needs unimpeded access to the most vulnerable people. Second, the humanitarian response to the world’s worst hunger crisis and its worst cholera outbreak must be fully resourced. Third, he asked the donors to fund the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan to ensure the most effective coordinated response across the country and to contain conditionality to the minimum and keep reporting requirements to a level commensurate with the situation on the ground.
Stylianides, on the other hand, responded to a charge that humanitarian aid workers are not doing their job and that there is no coordination between international relief coordinators and their local counterparts.
“We allow our workers to do their job on the ground and they have performed outstandingly,” he said.
As to delayed salaries, he said that the Yemeni prime minister had made a promise that these will be paid.

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Saudi Shoura member discloses move to raise women’s representation in diplomatic positions

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Mon, 2017-10-30 03:31
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RIYADH: Shoura member Dr. Mona Al-Mushait recently disclosed that a recommendation has been submitted to the council to raise the representation of women in foreign leadership positions.
This came during a meeting organized by the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) on “The role of women in achieving the objectives of Vision 2030.”
“As Saudi women, we must help the political leadership achieve the vision’s goal of increasing our participation in the labor market and building the country,” Al-Mushait said.
She added that “we should take advantage of this opportunity to put ourselves at the forefront, forgetting all obstacles that some may pose to achieving that goal.”
Dr. Tadhur Al-Rammah, undersecretary at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, stressed that Vision 2030 was concerned with Saudi women and their leading role in social and economic life.
“Saudi women have entered the labor market through job opportunities provided them in accordance with an appropriate work environment,” he added.
Al-Rammah said that the ministry seeks to find new employment sectors that serve women by developing, qualifying and supporting woman cadres to meet the needs of the labor market in a work environment that preserves their privacy and rights.
Earlier this month, the Kingdom stressed its willingness at the UN to cooperate in any international effort aimed at empowering women in any field, eradicating discrimination and violence against them, and improving their cultural, economic and health care in accordance with the principles of Islamic Shariah.
Ahlam Yankssar, first secretary at the Kingdom’s permanent mission to the UN, said: “The Kingdom believes that women are an important factor in the workforce and that empowering them socially, economically, and politically, providing them with a safe environment and services facilitating their national duties, and ensuring they receive their complete rights in different fields, will help drive the development process to achieve Vision 2030.”
Yankssar made these remarks during a general debate on women’s advancement at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

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HydroMiner Halloween PROMO: 20% Bonus Total for Whoever Invest More Than 11 Ether Today!

October 29, 2017 BitNewz.net 0

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Happy five-year ForexLive-anniversary to Eamonn

October 29, 2017 Adam Button 0

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