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.


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to manufacture vaccines

The new establishment will be located at KAUST research complex and is set to host several leading local and international research and development firms. (SPA)
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to manufacture vaccines

  • Three KAUST startups were named on the “Top 10” list of the best companies in the Startup Istanbul 2018 international competition, which took place from Oct. 19-22

JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Saturday launched the Saudi Center for Manufacturing and Developing Medical Vaccine Proteins.
The project, the first of its kind in the Middle East, will be established in partnership with Research Products Development Co. and SaudiVax. The center will manufacture vaccines, which will be the first line of defense against epidemics in the Kingdom, such as coronavirus.
The new establishment will be located at KAUST research complex and is set to host several leading local and international research and development firms.
Three KAUST startups were named on the “Top 10” list of the best companies in the Startup Istanbul 2018 international competition, which took place from Oct. 19-22.
iyris, Oaesis and UnitX were selected from the top 100 startups out of over 90,000 applicants from over 80 countries in Asia and Europe.
The university supports emerging companies on their journeys from the early stages of ideation to marketing and financial support.