Saudi Arabia ‘meets key goals in sustainable development’

Fahd bin Sulaiman Al-Tokhaify
Updated 16 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia ‘meets key goals in sustainable development’

JEDDAH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concluded its participation in the seventh meeting of International Organizations and the Group of Experts on Indicators of Sustainable Development Goals, hosted by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 9-13 April.
The meeting aimed at reviewing the classifications of sustainable development objectives, discussing the implementation of the guidelines on data flows, developing a document on best practices in global data, and reviewing a number of proposals for additional indicators of sustainable development.
President of the General Authority for Statistics, Fahd bin Sulaiman Al-Tokhaify, the head of the participating delegation in the meetings, affirmed that the Kingdom has been one of the countries that made significant progress in achieving the goals of sustainable development.
Sustainable development is classified as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. It is defined as the practice of maintaining processes of productivity indefinitely by replacing resources used with resources of equal or greater value without degrading or endangering natural biotic systems.
According to experts, it has its roots in ideas about sustainable forest management which were developed in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud
Updated 22 April 2018
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King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

  • The king praised the Prince Abdul Aziz and the ministry for these 'outstanding achievements"
  • The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent

JEDDAH: King Salman has thanked Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud for the security services’ work in bringing down the crime rate in the past year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a cable of gratitude on Sunday, King Salman said: “We have read your Highness’ cable ... regarding the positive results of the performance indicators of the Ministry of Interior’s security services for the period from June 25, 2017, to April 18, 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, which showed a significant improvement in the decline in crime rates in general.

“The rate of intentional homicide dropped by 6.5 percent, honor crimes dropped by 14.5 percent, thefts by 2 percent, and armed robberies by 10.5 percent.

“The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent, the number of fatalities decreased by 19.1 percent, and the number of casualties decreased by 15.9 percent.

“In the area of border security and combating drug trafficking, the performance in seizing smugglers rose by 7.1 percent, in controlling the borders and preventing infiltrations rose by 35.5 percent, and in arresting those who are convicted of illegal narcotics drug crimes by 34.95 percent.

“In tracking and arresting violators of residency and labor laws and border security, the measures currently adopted for joint security field campaigns (the 'A Nation without a Violator' campaign) resulted in seizing 987,007 violations to date.”

King Salman thanked the minister and everyone working in all the ministry’s sectors “for these outstanding achievements and successive accomplishments that reflect the efforts made and the steady improvement in performance levels, which led to a significant and obvious decline in crime rates and a rise in the level of safety.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable of gratitude to the interior minister for the positive results.

He thanked the prince for the excellent performance of the Interior Ministry’s security services which showed a significant reduction of crime in the fields of premeditated murder, honor, armed robbery, traffic, border security as well as Iqama, labor and border-crossing violators.