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    ICESCO and UIR organize a workshop to examine the impact of artificial intelligence on the family

    On Tuesday, 12 December 2023, the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in cooperation with the International University of Rabat (UIR) in the Kingdom of Morocco, held a workshop titled “The Family in the Era of Artificial Intelligence”, as part of the activities of ICESCO’s Network of Experts in Human and Social Sciences. The workshop aims to examine the challenges of artificial intelligence and its effects on the family in the Islamic world, and to adopt recommendations for guiding public policy in this area.

    At the start of the two-day workshop, held at the headquarters of UIR’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Ms. Ramata Almamy Mbaye, Head of ICESCO’s Human and Social Sciences Sector, reviewed the main themes of the workshop, stressing that the Organization attaches great importance to family issues and the artificial intelligence revolution.

    In his address, delivered on his behalf by Mr. Anar Karimov, Head of the Organization’s Partnerships and International Cooperation Sector, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director General, welcomed the workshop’s theme, which addresses important aspects related to family values and relationships, as well as artificial intelligence, which is a catalyst for change that poses a number of complex challenges and issues. He also stressed the need to examine these challenges and grasp their effects on social and family life.

    He called for the preservation of fundamental family values, the ethical use of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence applications, and the protection of the family and society from the risks it carries.

    Dr. Awatef Hayar, Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Social Inclusion and the Family, addressed the participants in a recorded speech, in which she reviewed Morocco’s efforts to protect the institution of the family and assured that it keeps pace with modern technological developments and harnesses them to ensure the development and stability of society.

    The workshop was then opened with an inaugural lecture by Dr. Farid El Asri, Dean of the UIR College of Social Sciences, in which he outlined the main issues and influences facing the family in the age of artificial intelligence.

    The first session of the workshop, which examined family forms and courses with the participation of an host of university professors, specialists and international experts, was moderated by Dr. Omar Halli, Advisor to ICESCO Director General for the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World, while the second session addressed the theme of the family in the face of the artificial intelligence revolution.

    On its second day, the workshop will discuss the role of the human and social sciences in policy-making, and examine and adopt recommendations on the organizational and practical methods of ICESCO’s Network of Experts in the Human and Social Sciences.

    Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan Receives ICESCO Director-General in Capital City Kazan

    His Excellency Rustam Minnikhanov, Rais (Head) of the Republic of Tatarstan, received Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ICESCO) at the historical Kazan City Hall. This came as part of the visit by ICESCO DG and his delegation to Tatarstan to participate in the Kazan 2023 World Youth Summit.

    During this meeting, held on Tuesday, August 29th, 2023, in the presence of the Ministers of Education, Culture and Sports, the Assistant to the Rais and the Deputy Prime Minister, as well as several representatives of Russian youth bodies, Dr. AlMalik reviewed ICESCO’s vision and strategic orientations, and highlighted the ongoing programmes and projects, stressing the Organisation’s keenness to cooperate with the Republic of Tatarstan in fields of mutual interest.

    The Meeting also touched upon cooperation proposals between the two parties, particularly about youth capacity-building and skill development to stay abreast of global changes. Furthermore, the meeting provided an opportunity to address ICESCO participation in the 2024 meeting of the heads of State of the BRICS Plus and the International Economic Forum, titled “Russia – Islamic World: KazanForum,” as well as the potential for partnering in the organisation of the International Digital and Virtual Games Forum, to be held in Tatarstan, and the creation of an ICESCO scientific chair at the Innopolis University.
    Moreover, the meeting considered the possibility of celebrating Kazan as the Culture Capital of the Islamic World.

    On his part, Rais Rustam Minnikhanov lauded ICESCO’s initiatives and efforts in its areas of competence, reiterating his keenness to foster fruitful cooperation with the Organisation.

    Following the meeting, ICESCO DG delivered an address during the session on “Role of Traditional Values in Educating Children and Youth in the Contemporary World,” in the presence of Rais Rustam Minnikhanov, as part of the second day of the 2023 Kazan Global Youth Summit, hosted by the government of the Republic of Tatarstan, in partnership with the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum.

    In his address, Dr. AlMalik highlighted the Organisation’s efforts to promote youth issues and attract the best young talents to work across its various centres, sectors, and departments, highlighting ICESCO’s youth-oriented programmes, initiatives, and conferences, and underscoring the Organisation’s commitment to building fruitful partnerships to contribute to the skill-development and leadership capacity-building of the Islamic World’s youth.

    ICESCO DG also praised the 2023 Kazan Global Youth Summit and acknowledged the relentless efforts of the Republic of Tatarstan in striving to build a better future for youth.

    ICESCO and Kazakhstan discuss cooperation developments

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), met with Amb. Saulekul Sailaukyzy, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Morocco, Kazakhstan’s Permanent Delegate to ICESCO, and together they discussed the latest cooperation developments between the Organization and Kazakhstan in the fields of education, science and culture.

    During the meeting, held on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at ICESCO Headquarters in Rabat, Dr. AlMalik stressed ICESCO’s keenness to strengthen cooperation with Kazakhstan in areas of common interest through the implementation of a set of practical programs and projects.
    For her part, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Morocco praised ICESCO’s roles in supporting the efforts of its Member States in the fields of education, science and culture, and in consolidating the values of coexistence and peace, stressing that she is keen to participate in all forums held by the Organization.

    The meeting, which was attended by Dr. Mohamed Zinelabidine, Head of the Culture and Communication Sector, and Mr. Anar Karimov, Head of the Partnerships and International Cooperation Sector, discussed preparations for the International Conference on Al-Farabi’s Intellectual Contributions, to be held at ICESCO Headquarters in October 2023. It also discussed the creation of an ICESCO chair at the Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan and discussed the proposal to sign the agreement on its creation in the presence of the President of the University during the Al-Farabi Conference.

    At the close of the meeting, the two parties agreed to sustain coordination to develop cooperation.

    Set of recommendations at close of ICESCO International Conference on Strategic Foresight

    Following two days of brainstorming and exchange of views and ideas on foresight mechanisms in order to lay down the most effective scenarios to face future challenges, the International Conference on the State of Foresight Studies in the World, held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in partnership with the Policy Center for the New South and Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU), concluded its proceedings on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat, with several recommendations to promote the culture of strategic foresight.

    The Conference, which saw high-level participation including prominent international foresight experts, issued many recommendations stressing the need to increase investment in scientific research in the field of foresight, promote socio-economic development through foresight, and encourage the launch of an international platform to spread its culture. The Conference also recommended promoting strategic cooperation and international partnerships in the field of foresight studies, exchanging experiences among countries, and preparing a foresight guidebook for the benefit of the countries of the Islamic world.

    The second day of the conference saw a discussion session on translating visions of the future into action plans, in which speakers stressed the need to build individual and institutional capacities, establish fruitful partnerships in the field of foresight, and embrace modern technology and artificial intelligence applications while being cautious about its risks.

    The second session focused on the role of think tanks in achieving strategic diplomacy. Participants pointed to the importance of these entities in training young generations on foresight tools to achieve this goal and to carry out forward-looking studies. In the third session, speakers discussed the concept of artificial intelligence and its history, contributions to the field of foresight, and ways to capitalize on its applications to anticipate future events and develop scenarios to meet challenges.

    The sessions featured discussions, in which the attendees asked some questions and expressed their visions, transforming these sessions into brainstorming activities on the importance of foresight studies and their role in decision-making.

    In his statement at the closing session, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, stressed the importance of integrating strategic foresight in school curricula, holding more workshops on this key field for the benefit of young people, and training them on the importance of resilience and having a positive attitude towards modern technology and artificial intelligence.

    At the close of the Conference, Mr. Anar Karimov, Head of the Partnerships and International Cooperation Sector at ICESCO, read out the recommendations of the Conference, which the participants contributed to drafting, commending the rich discussions that took place in the sessions.

    Afterward, the participants set out to ICESCO Headquarters, where they visited the International Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet’s Seerah and Islamic Civilization, currently housed at the Organization’s headquarters, where they listened to detailed explanations about the pavilions and sections of the Exhibition and the Museum, which adopt modern display techniques to narrate and document in detail the Seerah of our Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.

    ICESCO participates in a workshop on economic modeling in the Arab countries

    The Center of Strategic Foresight of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) participated in a workshop on economic modeling in the Arab countries, held by the Institute of National Planning, headquartered in Cairo, in cooperation with the Arab Planning Institute, with the participation of experts, academics and specialists from various fields, to exchange experiences and knowledge in the field of economic modeling, foresight issues, decision-making and long-term development strategies in the Arab countries.

    The two-day workshop, which concluded its proceedings on Sunday (May 14, 2023), aimed to provide an intellectual and knowledge platform to discuss development plans and strategies in several fields, particularly economics, public policy, social sciences and development studies. In his intervention, Dr. Kais Hammami, Director of ICESCO Center of Strategic Foresight, highlighted the relationship between the areas of economic modeling and foresight, long-term development strategies and the challenges associated with foresight, which hinder the resilience of societies in crisis.

    The representative of ICESCO reviewed the ability of societies today to anticipate, adapt and develop flexible mechanisms for collective success, pointing to the potential offered by strategic foresight in the field of economic modeling to enhance the resilience of societies, achieve sustainable growth, and guide Muslim countries to take effective economic decisions and develop adequate policies in the future.