Volunteer divers haul early 1,600 kg of rubbish from Jeddah’s waters

Updated 23 April 2018
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Volunteer divers haul early 1,600 kg of rubbish from Jeddah’s waters

  • 100 divers participated in the cleanup
  • National Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development Programme aims to raise environmental awareness among Saudis

JEDDAH: One hundred divers managed to collect 1,673 kilograms of waste along the beachfront of north and south Jeddah on Sunday.

Under the slogan “We’ll take care of the waters while you handle the surface,” the divers volunteered to clean the sea as part of the six-month National Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development Programme (NEASDP), which was launched earlier this year by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishal bin Majid.

The NEASDP targets all Jeddah citizens and visitors and addresses all environmental issues through wide-ranging strategies that include waste management, recycling, the conservation of marine, coastal, and terrestrial areas, green buildings, the preservation of public property, environmental citizenship, and energy and water conservation.

The program also addresses issues such as climate change, environmental pollution, environmental health and safety, wildlife, and biodiversity.

In the short term, the program aims to raise the locals’ environmental awareness and develop sustainable, environment-friendly behaviors. 

In the long run, it aims to reinforce environment-friendly behaviors, shed light on environmental issues and sustainable development, and introduce a new sustainable mechanism for sustainable environmental education programs to achieve a high level of environmental public awareness that ensures the protection of the Saudi environment in a manner that contributes to attaining Vision 2030.


Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.