Saudi heritage commission chief meets with Bosnia’s Dennis Zvizzdic

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman, right, and Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic, left, chat with other officials during a dinner in Sarajevo. (SPA)
Updated 19 July 2018

Saudi heritage commission chief meets with Bosnia’s Dennis Zvizzdic

  • The meeting took place on the sidelines of Prince Sultan’s official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the invitation of the country’s president
  • Earlier, Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic and Prince Sultan toured the historical center of Sarajevo

JEDDAH: The president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Prince Sultan bin Salman, met with Denis Zvizdic, chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of Prince Sultan’s official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the invitation of the country’s president.

Zvizdic praised Saudi Arabia’s development under King Salman, saying Bosnia and Herzegovina is keen to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields.

Saudi Arabia is the most influential Muslim country in the world due it to its status and strong presence at international forums, Zvizdic added. 

“We count on Saudi Arabia’s continued political support for the stability of Bosnia,” he said, expressing his government’s appreciation for all the support provided by the Kingdom over the last 25 years.

More than 1.6 million tourists visited the country in the last year, and the figure is expected to rise in the next five years to 3 million, Zvizdic said.

Prince Sultan praised Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unity and stability, saying its most important component is its people.

“It is the Kingdom’s duty to support every Muslim country, and King Salman always emphasizes the importance of continuing and improving the areas of support and cooperation with Bosnia,” said Prince Sultan.

“The Kingdom is keen to cooperate with Bosnia through projects that aim to protect and restore historical buildings as part of King Salman’s cultural heritage program, which is being implemented by the SCTH,” Prince Sultan said.

Earlier, Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic and Prince Sultan toured the historical center of Sarajevo. During the tour, the joint delegation met Bosnian citizens and tourists of different nationalities. 

The prince and his delegation then attended a lunch banquet hosted by the president.


Saudi Arabia tells UN: We are promoting sustainable methods in housing

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Saudi Arabia tells UN: We are promoting sustainable methods in housing

  • Saudi Green Building Forum attended conference at UN headquarters
  • SGBF demonstrated its commitment to affordable housing through environmentally sustainable practices

JEDDAH: The Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) has shown that its mission aligns with the UN Commission for Social Development. 

A SGBF delegation attended the 58th session of the commission at UN headquarters in New York City on Wednesday.

The SGBF demonstrated its commitment to affordable housing through environmentally sustainable practices.

“The SGBF supports the integration of affordable housing within urban developments, architectural design and use of materials that support occupants’ wellbeing, and minimizing construction waste through efficient methods,” said Faisal Al-Fadl, SGBF chair representative to the UN.

Al-Fadl told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia is addressing key messages on clean energy and is focusing on a low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive circular economy and building systems addressing these core issues.

“The Kingdom is complying with the principle of sustainability and is helping to advance the resilience of our cities.”

The UN Commission for Social Development’s role is to monitor national and global socioeconomic trends, identify emerging issues and assess their implications for social policy at the national and international levels.

The session reviewed some of the social challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda, with a focus on issues relevant to the three core social development goals identified at the World Summit for Social Development. 

The goals are eradicating poverty, promoting productive employment and decent work and promoting social inclusion.

The SGBF’s mission focuses on the resilience of city development practices within affordable housing developments to minimize negative impacts on the planet and citizens.

The forum addressed the practices of green systems and sustainable development in the Arab world. It said it will continue to work with the commission to support new resolutions on social and development issues, including the first-ever text on homelessness to be approved by a UN intergovernmental body.