Saudi Arabia joins UN decade for global water security

Saudi Arabia's United Nations Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi. (AP)
Updated 25 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia joins UN decade for global water security

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has joined a UN-sponsored international decade to safeguard and improve the world’s water supplies.
The “Action Water for Sustainable Development” decade was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2016 and begins this year. It will help focus attention on global water security during the next 10 years.
Saudi Arabia was represented at the opening session of the conference by Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador, Abdullah Al-Maalami, and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Dr. Faisal Al-Subaie.
UN members expressed concern over lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and over water-related disasters, scarcity and pollution being worsened by urbanization, population growth, desertification, drought and climate change.
The decade — launched in conjunction with World Water Day, March 22 — will focus on sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental goals.


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Prophet’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Prophet’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, visited on Tuesday the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah for prayer as part of his first official state visit since assuming office.
He was received at the Prophet’s Mosque by the commander of the security force of the mosque Brig. Gen. Muzli Abdulrahman Al-Mashhadan, the deputy head of the affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque in charge of Sheikh Saleh bin Khalid Al-Muzaini, and a number of officials in the General Presidency Agency for the Prophet’s Mosque.
Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia earlier on Tuesday following an invitation from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Press Agency reported.