Saudi energy minister participates at UN climate change summit

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World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, the President of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Prime Minister of Fiji and COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama, Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, Michal Kurtyka, President of the COP24, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, from left, gather for the opening of the Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.(AP)
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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih addresses India Energy Forum in New Delhi, October 15, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Saudi energy minister participates at UN climate change summit

  • Minister Khalid Al-Falih is participating on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, from Dec. 2 to 14, in Katowice, Poland

JEDDAH: The Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources headed Saudi Arabia’s delegation on Tuesday to the Summit of the Heads of States’ Parties at the UN summit on Climate Change.
Minister Khalid Al-Falih is participating on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, from Dec. 2 to 14, in Katowice, Poland.
Al-Falih conveyed the greeting of King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.
He expressed the Kingdom’s keenness to strengthen bilateral cooperation for the benefit of both countries, and wished the conference great success as, with the Kingdom’s committed cooperation.
The conference’s objectives are focused on implementing the Paris Convention on Climate Change, respecting the principles and basis on which it was built, and developing practical mechanisms for its application.
Al-Falih also held a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the conference.
During the talks, Al-Falih stressed that Saudi Arabia is already strengthening its climate change measures, to ensure that negotiations continue on track toward fully implementing the historic Paris convention.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the minister said that, “based on the principles agreed at the 21st conference in Paris, all signatory states must ensure that the objectives of the agreement have been translated into practical and effective mechanisms and tools.”


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.