Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen took part in the virtual inaugural ceremony of Dhaka city of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020,” which was held on Monday.
In his statement, the Secretary General commended Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina’s efforts and continued support to the OIC, its institutions, and the activities they carry out for the sake of the Islamic Ummah and especially for the youth.
Al-Othaimeen urged the youth in the Islamic world to drive change through greater involvement and interest in the fields of science, technology, and innovation and reject intolerance, terrorism, and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations.
The Secretary General indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic would have long-lasting social, cultural, economic, political, and multidimensional impacts on all societies.
“In fact, young people are, among the most, affected by the pandemic as it hindered many of them from education and employment,” stressed the Secretary General.
Al-Othaimeen pointed out that this requires important and instant measures aimed at improving the situation of the youth.
The OIC Secretary General also called for comprehensive solutions to the challenges facing the youth, combining elements from all pillars of the OIC Youth Strategy to respond to the COVID‑19 crisis and define a better tomorrow for the youth.
Furthermore, he reiterated the OIC General Secretariat’s readiness to cooperate with the Member States as well as with OIC institutions in all matters that would contribute to the promotion of youth-related issues in our Member States.