UN team to visit KSA to discuss Yemen

Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of the Kingdom in the UN
Updated 17 August 2016
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UN team to visit KSA to discuss Yemen

JEDDAH: A UN delegation is expected to visit Saudi Arabia by the year-end to get more information on the military operations in Yemen, said the Saudi envoy to the UN.
The Kingdom has provided the UN all necessary information about the military operations in the neighboring country, Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of the Kingdom in the UN said.
“The Arab alliance is taking precautions to prevent civilians, particularly children, from being targeted,” he added.
Al-Mouallimi said that the Houthis are using children in war and that most of its soldiers are children.
Abdul Malik Al-Mikhlafi, Yemen’s foreign minister and head of the Yemeni government delegation in Kuwait talks, has accused the UN in the past of addressing the Houthi rebels as officials, which is against the UN resolution 2216.
He said that instead of trying to pave the way for implementation of the resolution, which candidly condemns activities of Houthis in general and its violations of children's rights in Yemen in particular, the UN is now condemning the Arab alliance.
He said that the Houthis have violated childhood in Yemen in more than a way. It not only recruited them as soldiers, it has also killed them in Saada and Sanaa. “Unfortunately, the UN did not condemn the Houthis and their activities clearly in its latest report, although it has condemned it in the past. Instead, it has added the name of the Arab alliance to the list.”
He said the UN is not communicating in all regions of Yemen, including its temporary capital Eden. “It is also not communicating with civil and government organizations in Taiz. It is just depending on Houthi activists and revolutionaries in the capital Sana,” he added.


Saudi Arabia committed to achieving sustainable development goals, says envoy to UN

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Saudi Arabia committed to achieving sustainable development goals, says envoy to UN

Saudi Arabia is committed to achieving sustainable development, and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans fall in line with the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, said Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN.

In his address to the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, Al-Mouallimi said that this year’s focus on empowerment, justice, comprehensiveness, and expertise exchange and capacity building would have a great impact on achieving the objectives of the sustainable development agenda and on overcoming the obstacles to a more inclusive and just world.

Al-Mouallimi stressed the Kingdom’s continuous efforts to create jobs through strategic initiatives and giant projects, and its great achievement in integrating its financial market to the indexes of international emerging markets, and to the UN initiatives for sustainable markets.

With regards to the environment, Al-Mouallimi pointed out that the Kingdom continues to strengthen its measures on climate change, toward the full implementation of the Paris Convention. In addition, it continues its cooperation with other GCC countries to meet global, environmental, and climatic challenges related to fossil fuel uses.

Al-Mouallimi noted that the Quality of Life Program 2020 continues to progress. The number of Saudi citizens over the age of 15 has increased by 50 percent in 2018. In addition, and as part of its commitment to the principle of inclusiveness and social diversity, a special residence system was established for non-Saudis to enable them to live with their families and to go about their work with ease.