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    Launch of ICESCO’s ‘Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture’ Initiative

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) launched its ‘Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture’ Initiative aimed at enhancing the biotechnology-related knowledge and skills of experts and specialists to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture through scientific activities and training sessions to enhance agricultural productivity and optimize the use of natural resources.

    ICESCO called on all partners and stakeholders concerned to cooperate in implementing this initiative, which includes organizing a series of activities to build the capacities of workers in agriculture to use modern biotechnology mechanisms to resist pests and diseases, adapt to climate change, reduce environmental pollution, and contribute to achieving food security.

    The initiative was announced during ICESCO’s Webinar on ‘Utilizing the Potential of Biochar for Soil Improvement and Sustainable Farming,’ held in cooperation with the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), via Zoom, on Wednesday (10 July 2024), with the participation of 80 experts from the Islamic world countries and beyond, to discuss the major research works on biochar production technology and its role in improving soil quality.

    In his statement during the opening session, Dr. Raheel Qamar, Head of ICESCO Science and Environment Sector, reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to contributing to the development of sustainable agriculture in its Member States through capacity-building programs and promoting the use of smart technologies, noting that the “Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture” initiative highlights ICESCO’s endeavor to support efforts geared towards devising practical solutions to environmental challenges and developing sustainable agriculture in countries of the Islamic world.

    Review of Achievements and Projects of ICESCO International Chairs Network for Thought, Heritage, Letters and Arts

    The Culture and Communication Sector at the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) held a meeting for the ICESCO International Chairs Network for Thought, Heritage, Letters, and Arts. The meeting brought together the supervisors of the Network’s nine chairs to review their achievements and future projects.

    The meeting, held on Monday, July 1st, 2024, both in-person at ICESCO’s headquarters in Rabat and virtually, was attended by Dr. Mohamed Zinelabidine, Head of the Culture and Communication Sector at the Organization, who thanked the Chairs’ supervisors for their continuous efforts. The ICESCO official urged the Network to work together to address the challenges facing the Islamic world in culture, heritage, thought, literature, social inclusion, and peacebuilding.

    Likewise, Dr. Zinelabidine emphasized the role of ICESCO’s academic chairs in promoting creativity and scientific research, in line with the Organization’s vision to open new horizons and help the Islamic world keep pace with global transformations.

    In his remarks, Dr. Patrick Mouguiama Daouda, Head of ICESCO’s Chairs, Scholarships, and Prizes Center, outlined the new vision for ICESCO Chairs, which aims to form a network that rethinks the world in a better way and encourages scientific research. He also called for joining efforts to develop innovative projects and programs.

    Ms. Ramata Almamy Mbaye, Head of ICESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, highlighted the need to intensify cooperation among the Chairs to achieve the desired results of ICESCO’s program, launched in June 2020 (Societies We Want), in order to create new models for peace, security, and development in an inclusive and sustainable way.

    Following these discussions, participants reviewed the results of the Network Chairs’ work over the past three years, and presented suggestions to enhance connectivity among the Chairs to build a better future for the Islamic world.

    ICESCO Participates in 24th Arab Radio and TV Festival and ASBU Exhibition Kick Off in Tunis

    With the participation of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Tunis witnessed the launch of the 24th Arab Radio and TV Festival, along with the opening of the ASBU Exhibition for Technology, Equipment, and Software Market. The event is jointly organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia, in cooperation with Tunisian Television, the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat), and Tunisian Radio. The Festival runs from June 26 to 29, 2024, under the theme: “Free Palestine.”

    The opening ceremony of the Festival, held at the Carthage Amphitheatre on Wednesday, 26 June, 2024, was marked by the high-profile attendance of officials, media professionals, and artists from various countries. Representatives from regional and international media organizations, as well as media production companies, were also present. The Festival honored the guests of the 24th edition, and celebrated several Arab stars. The event concluded with a musical performance by Lebanese artist Ragheb Alama, with proceeds dedicated to supporting the resilient people of Palestine.

    Moreover, the Festival program includes several important seminars, namely: “War Media or War on Media: The Case of Palestine,” “China-Arab States Broadcasting and Television Cooperation Forum,” “Engaging the Audience Using Artificial Intelligence,” and “Digital Stardom and Influencing Public Opinion.”

    On 27 June 2024, the ASBU Exhibition for Technology, Equipment, and Software Market was inaugurated at the Chedli Klibi City of Culture in Tunis. The Exhibition features participation from major production and technology companies in the media field, broadcasting organizations from various countries, and several international organizations, including ICESCO.

    ICESCO is showcasing a special pavilion to present its digital productions in education, science, and culture, including educational and intellectual programs, training courses, and publications such as books, studies, and poetry collections. This content is accessible for free viewing and downloading on ICESCO’s website and social media platforms.

    ICESCO representatives, Mr. Samy El Kamhawy, Head of the Department of Information and Institutional Identity, and Ms. Soukaina Azzabi, Member of the media team, provided insights to visitors on the Organization’s key initiatives and programs, reflecting its new vision and strategic directions. Noteworthy among the initiatives were ICESCO’s efforts to support Palestine in the fields of education, science, and culture, including financial scholarships for Palestinian students at Moroccan and Egyptian universities.

    ICESCO Deputy Director-General Welcomes Sudanese Minister of Social Development

    Dr. Abdelilah Benarafa, Deputy Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), welcomed Mr. Ahmed Adam Bakhit, Minister of Social Development of the Republic of Sudan, and his accompanying delegation. The Meeting focused on enhancing cooperation between ICESCO and the Ministry in the fields of social protection and psychological healthcare through the implementation of joint programs and projects.

    During the Meeting, held on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at ICESCO headquarters in Rabat, Dr. Benarafa emphasized the Organization’s commitment to partnering with Sudan and addressing the Country’s needs in its areas of expertise, particularly education and social care. He highlighted the challenges facing Sudan, which have impacted development and permeated throughout all segments of society.

    Dr. Benarafa reviewed the initiatives and activities carried out by ICESCO in Sudan, including supporting women’s entrepreneurship, mitigating the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizing a socio-medical caravan, and conducting training sessions on writing African languages in the Arabic script.

    Mr. Bakhit, in turn, provided an overview of the situation in Sudan, noting that the number of displaced people has reached 10 million, affecting the social and economic landscape of the country and requiring an intensification of international efforts geared towards resolving the currently bleak state of affairs. Furthermore, the Minister praised the extensive cooperation between ICESCO and Sudan in various fields and expressed a desire to further develop this cooperation and implement future programs aimed at advancing education and building youth and women capacities.

    Delegation of Social Affairs Ministers visits ICESCO’s Museum and Exhibition of the Prophet’s Seerah at ICESCO headquarters

     A delegation of ministers and senior officials from the Ministries of Social Affairs, Solidarity and Family from a number of Member States of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) visited, on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, the International Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet's Seerah and Islamic Civilization, currently housed at the Organization's headquarters in Rabat.

    During his reception of the delegation, Dr. Abdelilah Benarafa, ICESCO Deputy Director-General, stated that the Exhibition and Museum, in its first stop outside Saudi Arabia, is the outcome of the strategic partnership among ICESCO, the Muslim World League and the Muhammadia League of Scholars. He added that since its opening to the public in November 2022, the Exhibition and Museum has attracted an unprecedented number of visitors from citizens and visitors of the Kingdom of Morocco.

    Dr. Benarafa took the delegation, visiting Rabat to participate in the First International Conference on Care Economy and Social Protection, on a tour of the Exhibition and Museum, explaining that it adopts the latest technological display methods, along with the traditional display forms in the section on the Moroccan connection to Prophet Muhammad.
    The members of the delegation commended this key initiative, praising ICESCO’s efforts to raise awareness of the life of the Prophet (pbuh).

    Following the visit, the Deputy Director General held a meeting with Ms. Bahar Muradova, Chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, where they discussed ways to promote cooperation between the Organization and Azerbaijan. Talks focused on humanitarian fields and capacity building for women and youth, as part of the celebration of Shusha as the 2024 Culture Capital in the Islamic World, and in furtherance of the special relations between ICESCO and Azerbaijan.

    For her part, Ms. Bahar Muradova commended ICESCO’s efforts in its areas of competence, stressing her country’s keenness to further develop cooperation relations with the Organization.

    On World Refugee Day, ICESCO calls for greater solidarity and humanitarian efforts to preserve refugees’ dignity

    Every year, on June 20, the global community commemorates World Refugee Day. The year’s theme is “For a world where refugees are welcomed”, which underlines the importance of solidarity with people forced to flee their countries. It also seeks to promote solidarity and support for their right to safety, dignity and social inclusion to help them fulfill their dreams.

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) seizes this opportunity to call on the international community to work together to support refugees worldwide, and stresses the need for greater solidarity and humanitarian efforts to ensure that refugees have access to all their fundamental rights, with economic a focus on social and cultural dimensions. It also calls for providing these vulnerable groups with fair and comprehensive education and employment opportunities suited to their skills, in order to preserve their dignity.

    In this context, ICESCO has launched its Medical and Social Educational Caravans, an initiative aimed at providing basic social and medical assistance inside and outside the Islamic world, particularly in rural and remote areas. The caravan organized in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, for example, targeted Palestinian refugees by providing mobile medical services and organizing community outreach programs. The caravan supported vulnerable groups by providing medical consultations, check-ups, vaccinations and basic medicines.

    In addition to medical support, ICESCO stresses the key role of education in breaking the cycle of poverty and the refugee phenomenon. In this regard, the Organization has launched a scholarship program for students from vulnerable groups so that they can pursue higher education and fulfill their dream of building a brighter future.

    On World Refugee Day 2024, ICESCO reaffirms its commitment to helping build a future where everyone can achieve success and prosperity, including the most vulnerable, and calls for joint efforts to end the suffering of refugees and honor their resilience and courage.

    ICESCO launches its Youth Climate Leadership Camp in Indonesia

    The activities of the Youth Climate Leadership Training Camp, held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in partnership with the Climate Reality Project – Indonesia, under the theme “Youth leadership, a solution to the climate crisis”, have kicked off this Wednesday, 12 June 2024 in Bogor, Indonesia, with the participation of 50 young men and women from 18 countries inside and outside the Islamic world, selected among 400 applicants.

    The three-day Camp, which marks the start of a series of camps to be organized by ICESCO in several of its Member States, aims to build the capacity of young people to develop and implement innovative projects in climate action, and contribute to shaping a generation of young leaders capable of addressing the climate challenges that threaten the world’s future. The Camp is part of ICESCO’s commitment to strengthening international efforts to tackle climate issues.

    Dr. Fahman Fathurrahman, expert at ICESCO’s Science and Environment Sector, who represents ICESCO and oversees the Camp, stressed in his speech at the opening session the importance of involving young people in the search for sustainable and innovative solutions to protect the environment and reduce the effects of climate change, by investing in the creative energies of young people. He reviewed ICESCO’s efforts in preserving the environment and combating food waste, through the use of modern technology, including a competition to develop the transformation of organic waste into food bars, as well as programs to promote smart agriculture and the transition to flexible, smart and sustainable cities.

    The opening session of the Camp was attended by a number of officials from the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Indonesia and experts in the environment, climate change and technology, who all hailed the importance of the Camp.

    ICESCO Affirms Commitment to Eradicating Child Labor and Promoting Child Welfare

    Every year on June 12th, the world marks World Day Against Child Labor to cast light on one of the most damaging social issues affecting children globally, which has been exacerbated by conflicts and crises. This day serves as a crucial reminder of the need for international cooperation to end child labor, aligning with this year’s theme: ” Act Now: End Child Labor.”

    On this occasion, the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) reaffirms its commitment to contributing to the eradication of child labor and enhancing the welfare of children worldwide. The Organization strives to provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for all children, adolescents, and youth through various practical programs and projects.

    In this context, ICESCO has launched the Child and Adolescent Protection, Rehabilitation, and Leadership Initiative, which includes several programs. The main programs are the ICESCO Award for Child Protection, capacity building in mental and psychological health, Children for Peace Festival, educational and communicative programs to help reduce child labor, and rehabilitating street children through football.

    ICESCO underscores the importance of education and family support in combating child labor. The Organization is dedicated to protecting children from exploitation and ensuring safe environments where they can learn, play, and grow. ICESCO calls on Governments, National Commissions for education, science, and culture, and stakeholders to join hands to end child labor and work towards an atmosphere where every child can achieve their dreams in nurturing environments.

    Working hours of Museum and Exhibition of the Prophet’s Seerah at ICESCO headquarters after Eid Al-Adha holiday

    The International Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet’s Seerah and Islamic Civilization, currently housed at the headquarters of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in Rabat, will reopen its doors to visitors on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, after the Eid al-Adha holiday (from Saturday, June 15 to Tuesday, June 18, 2024).

    Following this holiday, the Exhibition and Museum will continue to welcome visitors every day of the week except Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rabat time.

    Since its opening to the public on November 28, 2022, under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may Allah assist him, and following its official inauguration graced by the presence of HRH Prince Moulay El Hassan, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Exhibition and Museum has seen large numbers of visitors from all age groups, attracting Moroccan citizens, residents and visitors to the Kingdom, with the total number of visitors approaching six million to date.

    The Exhibition and Museum is the outcome of a strategic trilateral partnership among ICESCO, the Muslim World League and the Mohammedia League of Scholars, in its first stop outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is based in Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah. It seeks to disseminate a message of justice, peace, compassion, tolerance, coexistence and moderation, drawing on the teachings of the Holy Quran, Sunnah and the glorious Islamic history, using cutting-edge technology.

    Free of charge, visitors may book their visits to the Exhibition and Museum via the following links: http://tickets.ma.salamfairs.com.sa (individuals) and https://forms.gle/YhNbfRAUzo9Cg4Rd9 (groups).

    ICESCO Holds Workshop on Teaching Poetry, Short Stories, and Novels to Arabic Learners

    The Mishkat Hall at the headquarters of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) hosted a training workshop on “Teaching Poetry, Short Stories, and Novels to advanced Arabic learners.” The workshop benefited 196 teachers of Arabic as a foreign language in 13 countries. This workshop is the tenth and final session in the series of workshops organized by ICESCO as part of its international program, “Mishkat for Arabic Educational Training,” held in collaboration with Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Medical and Educational Sciences.

    The workshop was held by Dr. Habib Maghraoui, an educational trainer and expert in literary criticism and rhetoric, on 5-6 June 2024. The theoretical part aimed to familiarize the participants with the basics of teaching literature and its principles for non-Arabic speakers, emphasizing the importance of methodological reading and its fundamental phases. The practical sessions focused on developing teachers’ skills in methodological reading of literary texts, including preparation, planning, implementation and evaluation.