Saudi Arabia presents first VNR on sustainable development at UN headquarters

Updated 22 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia presents first VNR on sustainable development at UN headquarters

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) during a High Level Political Forum at UN headquarters in New York last week.
The Kingdom participated in the forum with an official delegation from governmental, private and non-governmental organizations, headed by Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economy and Planning.
During his presentation at the forum, and with the participation of Mr. Yousif bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan, CEO of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Her Royal Highness Princess Al-Bandari Bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, he explained that Saudi Arabia’s march toward sustainable development is ongoing progress is being made.
The move is part of goals to achieve sustainable development and policies that support the development plans in the Kingdom, in addition of the collaboration of all parties from different sectors.
“Within the goals of Vision 2030, the Kingdom has come a long way in developing policies and governance of cooperation at many levels, especially sustainability,” he said.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.