Saudi Arabian authorities seize boat carrying over 200 seabird eggs

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has seized a fishing boat carrying 248 seabird eggs. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has seized a fishing boat carrying 248 seabird eggs. (SPA)
Updated 03 July 2018
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Saudi Arabian authorities seize boat carrying over 200 seabird eggs

  • The ministry said that they seized the boat after surveying the coasts north of Farasan Island
  • The eggs were handed to officials at the Saudi Wildlife Authority to return them back to their habitat

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has seized a fishing boat carrying 248 eggs of seabirds, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.
The boat, skippered by its owner and another person, was seized by the ministry's directorate off the coast of Jazan province, along with the Saudi Wildlife Authority in the Farasan Island's governorate.
The seizure included 80 eggs for Galilean birds, 160 eggs for the Sterna paradisaea birds, and 8 eggs belonging to the gulls species.
They were captured from their nests in the island of Mount Abu Hamad, one of the islands located in the archipelago of the Farasan Islands.
The ministry said that they seized the boat after surveying the coasts north of Farasan Island.
The eggs were handed to officials at the Saudi Wildlife Authority to return them back to their habitat.


UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

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UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

  • Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at UN headquarters in New York
  • Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech

NEW YORK: UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

At the United Nations on Tuesday, the Saudi Ministry of Culture highlighted the important role that diverse cultures and national heritage can play in the development of nations and promoting peace, and the ways in which the Kingdom is using this to encourage intercultural dialogue, diversity and openness.

The conference, titled Culture and Sustainable Development, was organized by the UN General Assembly in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to mark the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor of international relations at the ministry, delivered the Kingdom's speech during the event at the UN’s New York HQ. She said “culture is an essential part of the Saudi Vision 2030” and highlighted the “importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace, and the common endeavor of all countries to build a rich cultural future in which various kinds of culture and arts flourish.” She also described the vision and outlook of the ministry, and the ambitious initiatives it has implemented to develop the Saudi cultural sector.

The conference, which was based around the importance of cultural diversity and indigenous cultures to sustainable development, focused on local, regional and international experiences of this. It highlighted the relationship between culture and diversity, and how they link to local solutions to climate change and environmental challenges; offered views on the effective role of culture in providing decent employment opportunities and reducing poverty; social resilience and other aspects of sustainable development plans; and showed how culture, arts, education and the creative industries can contribute to the achievement of development goals and creative solutions in urban and rural areas, at local and national levels.

The event also included a panel discussion titled “Cultural Diversity as a Common Human Heritage.” It explored two themes: “Culture and Education: Foundations of Sustainability” and “Culture as an Instrument for Change, Innovation, Empowerment and Equality.”

Other issues were also addressed, including the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage, the role of traditional knowledge and skills to promote environmental sustainability, the resilience of climate-related disasters and the impact of cultural heritage on identity preservation and peace building.

The Ministry of Culture took part in the event as pat of its efforts to promote cultural dialogue and showcase the Kingdom’s experiences in pursuing its ambitious cultural-development goals, which are an integral part of the transformations that are key to achieving Saudi Vision 2030.