Saudi Arabia supports sustainable development efforts

Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi, First Secretary of the Saudi Arabia Mission to the UN in New York. (Twitter photo)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia supports sustainable development efforts

  • Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi: Saudi Arabia will continue to play its humanitarian, political and economic role as part of its responsibility toward the international community
  • Al-Qadi highlighted the Kingdom’s initiative to exempt the debt of the least developed countries, by waiving more than $6 billion of debt poor countries owed to the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has affirmed its full cooperation with the United Nations and international community to achieve all that is good for humanity, security and stability, and development.

Saudi Arabia will continue to play its humanitarian, political and economic role as part of its responsibility toward the international community, said Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi, chairman of the second committee of Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN.

He also noted that Saudi Arabia will also keep supporting the implementation of the Kingdom’s 2030 Sustainable Development Plan goals, and the well-being of the world.

The statements were made during the general debate on the item of operational activities for development, as part of the work of the Economic and Financial Committee (II), at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Reiterating the statement made by Egypt on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, on international efforts to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

Al-Qadi said they are concerned about the decline in core contributions to these funds, resulting in a deficit that spread negative effects on the achievement of sustainable development goals.

He added that Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to development issues and supports development cooperation efforts among developing countries, particularly in the Arab region.

The Kingdom focuses on international cooperation which enhance the national capacities of countries and supports their efforts to overcome challenges facing their governments and peoples, in all fields of development, he stated, in economic, environmental, health, social, technical and other aspects, he stressed.

He spoke of the Kingdom’s initiative to exempt the debt of the least developed countries, by waiving more than $6 billion of debt poor countries owed to the Kingdom, which is one of the world’s most heavily subsidizing countries.


Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

Updated 16 min 57 sec ago
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Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”