* The Basic Law of Governance has stressed on the importance of the family and the establishment of the Council to strengthen its status and its role.
The Family Affairs Council was established to strengthen the status of the Saudi family and enable its role in society, and reflect the focus placed by the wise leadership on the family as the primary caretaker and incubator of the younger generation. The Basic Law of Governance associated the importance of the family with the nation, stating in Article 9 thereof that, “The family is the kernel of Saudi society, and its members shall be brought up on the basis of the Islamic faith, and loyalty and obedience to Allah, His Messenger, and to guardians; respect for and implementation of the law, and love of and pride in the homeland and its glorious history as the Islamic faith stipulates.” Accordingly, the Council was established to act as qualitative leap in the domain of social and developmental work in the Kingdom, and to elevate them to greater heights through serious institutional action with outcomes that enable and support all segments of society, in line with the Islamic teachings that focus on diversity and inclusivity. The Council will play an important role in organizing, coordinating and supervising the family-oriented efforts made by the public and private sectors to ensure their alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030 and their accomplishment of the main goal of building a vibrant society characterized by stability, prosperity and resiliency in face of challenges and transformations, and the ability to protect its members against any risks. The Council’s international role is as important as its national one, as it is expected to represent the Kingdom in international organizations and commissions and reflect the level of excellence reached by the country in the service of its citizens and the promotion of a decent life. It shall be the platform that showcases to the world the generosity and expertise of the Kingdom and its social, developmental and humanitarian efforts, and will also monitor the implementation of family-focused international recommendations and conventions that have been ratified by the Kingdom. With this vision and these objectives, the Council promises to become a national institute that strives to implement various programs, relying on the experience and knowledge of national teams representing concerned ministries and the support of family experts, in addition to representatives from the Human Rights Commission and the Family Safety Program. Together they will work to create and implement numerous initiatives aimed at improving social and humanitarian work focused on enabling the Saudi family to perform its role efficiently and competently. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, may Allah protect them, has always been focused on the Saudi family, as evidenced by the establishment of a council that strengthens its status in the country, supports its role, fulfils its needs and empowers its members. With the success of this national endeavor, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and pray to Allah for the country’s continued safety, stability and unity.