UN chief praises KSA’s investment in renewables

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that if we fail to change course by 2020, we will no longer be able to avoid uncontrolled climate change. (AFP)
Updated 12 September 2018
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UN chief praises KSA’s investment in renewables

  • We need to curb deadly greenhouse gas emissions, push climate action, and swiftly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuel

JEDDAH: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on other rich nations to follow the example of the Kingdom in investing in renewables, during a speech in which he warned of the dire consequences of failing to tackle climate change and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.
He said: “We need to curb deadly greenhouse gas emissions, push climate action, and swiftly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuel,” urging the world’s rich countries to diversify their economies. In a speech on climate change at the UN permanent headquarters in New York before the Global Climate Action Summit, to be held in San Francisco from Sept. 12 to 14, the secretary-general said that the world is facing a “direct existential threat.”
He warned that if we fail to change course by 2020, we will no longer be able to avoid uncontrolled climate change, and its accompanying dire consequences for people and natural systems.
A report published last Wednesday concluded that switching to renewable energy will not only save money but will also create new jobs, waste less water, boost food production and clean polluted air that kills people.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.