UNESCO director-general praises KSRelief humanitarian work

KSRlief Supervisor General Abdullah Al-Rabeeah with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. (SPA)
Updated 16 May 2018
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UNESCO director-general praises KSRelief humanitarian work

  • KSRelief signed two executive projects with UNESCO

RIYADH: UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has expressed her admiration for the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in helping needy people worldwide.
She was speaking during the meeting with Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of KSRelief in Paris, Azzam Obaid, media adviser at KSRelief headquarters told Arab News on Tuesday.
The two leaders also discussed joint projects in the humanitarian, educational and cultural fields, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in these areas.
Azoulay commended the humanitarian works by the center, especially in the education sector.
KSRelief signed two executive projects with UNESCO, inked by the KSRelief supervisor general and the UNESCO director-general, the official said.
Obaid said that the first project would provide support for Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon to complete their basic education.
“This support will expand the children’s access to education, encourage them to remain in school and provide skill-based assistance for the mothers of school-aged children,” he said.
The $3 million program will serve about 10,800 refugees in Beirut, Sidon, Beqaa, Al Janoub, Tripoli and Akkar, he said.
The second agreement was aimed at establishing strategic cooperation and joint partnership between the KSRelief and UNESCO in the education sector with a focus on capacity-building and training, exchange of information, academic studies and research, he said.
Al-Rabeeah highlighted the humanitarian and relief projects implemented by the KSRelief and provided the UNESCO director-general with a brief summary of humanitarian projects the center has implemented since its establishment three years ago: 417 projects in 40 countries around the world, especially in Yemen.
KSRelief has implemented 180 educational projects in 32 countries and 48 of these were carried out in partnership with 22 local, regional and international partners. Some of these projects include supporting ministries of education, constructing educational facilities, rehabilitating and equipping educational facilities, providing educational tools and supplies, enabling students to continue their education and supporting and training teachers.
Obaid said that KSRelief’s mission was to build strong partnerships with international organizations such as UNESCO to expand and enhance its provision of impartial humanitarian aid and relief.


Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

Updated 20 April 2019
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Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor
  • He also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology

MOSCOW: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission on Saturday visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center.
Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor, who briefed him on the center’s work and programs, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
They discussed establishing scientific and research cooperation in the areas of space and aeronautics, and the International Space Station.
Prince Sultan also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology. It produces most parts of the International Space Station.
He said his visit was in line with directives from King Salman to ensure close cooperation with Russia in the space sector and joint investments.
The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) was working at a “rapid pace” to complete an ambitious national strategy, he said, and the Kingdom was one of the region’s first countries to explore the future of space more than 34 years ago.
He added that programs were being prepared in partnership with Russian space institutions and agencies to train Saudi astronauts and to expand in space and satellite industries.
The prince said the commission was keen to invest in training Saudi talent through specialized programs and educational scholarships abroad.
Earlier this week, he visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a working session alongside its director-general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
“Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence,” SPA reported Rogozin as saying.
Last month, Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries signed the first pan-Arab agreement on coordinating national exploration programs at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, said that the group’s first project would be a satellite system to be built in the UAE.
The agreement is unprecedented for the nations involved, whose levels of technical expertise vary. The first aim of the agreement will be to bring them all up to an equal level of capability.