In­vest in youths to build bet­ter so­ci­eties: Kuwait

Bid to join anti-drugs pact mulled

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

NEW YORK, Nov 14, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait un­der­lined the im­por­tance of in­vest­ing in youths to bet­ter build so­ci­eties, there­fore pro­vid­ing pro­grams and care­fully re­viewed cur­ricu­lums that will strengthen their prin­ci­ples and avoid crimes and cor­rup­tion.

The remarks were made by Kuwait’s per­ma­nent del­e­ga­tion to the UN, namely Kuwaiti diplo­mat Bashar Ali Al-Duwaisan, who ex­pressed sup­port for the mes­sages en­shrined in As­sem­bly res­o­lu­tion 48/10 of 1993 on sport, un­der­lined the need to in­vest in youth and build bet­ter so­ci­eties and help com­bat crime, cor­rup­tion and ex­trem­ism.

“The lan­guage of sport and ath­letes has al­ways been the lan­guage of peace, se­cu­rity and sol­i­dar­ity, aimed at tack­ling vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ism,” Al-Duwaisan stressed, re­call­ing that foot­ball had of­ten brought to­gether sol­diers from en­emy camps.

The diplo­mat noted also that “for­mer Pres­i­dent of South Africa Nel­son Man­dela had also used the African Foot­ball Cup to build unity and to com­bat apartheid.” The Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games pro­vided a chance to spot­light the con­cepts of the “Olympic vil­lage” and the “Olympic ideal”, both of which aimed at pro­mot­ing unity, peace and de­vel­op­ment.

The prin­ci­ples of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee and the United Na­tions were “two sides of the same coin”, Al-Duwaisan said, cit­ing as an ex­am­ple the broad sup­port re­ceived by the world’s first refugee ath­lete del­e­ga­tion at the 2016 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games in Brazil.

Mean­while, a Kuwaiti of­fi­cial said Mon­day his coun­try was con­sid­er­ing join­ing an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment to elim­i­nate drug traf­fick­ing, com­mend­ing UN Of­fice on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) pro­grams that help cus­tom of­fi­cials in Kuwait com­bat drug traf­fick­ing.

Ad­nan Al-Qed­heebi, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Cus­toms depart­ment for land and mar­itime bor­ders, said the UN has pro­grams that could de­velop anti-nar­cotics sys­tem in Kuwait.

He made the state­ment fol­low­ing a meet­ing with Hatem Ali, UNODC’s re­gional chief.

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