Saudi Arabia offers France support after Notre Dame blaze

The huge blaze tore through the historic cathedral in Paris on Monday. (AP)
Updated 18 April 2019

Saudi Arabia offers France support after Notre Dame blaze

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has expressed the Kingdom's support for France and its people after the huge fire that gutted Notre Dame.

A huge blaze tore through the historic cathedral in Paris on Monday. The building is widely regarded as the soul of France.

The statement from Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry was the latest international gesture towards France after the devastating fire.

On Wednesday evening, Cathedral bells rang out across France at the exact time the blaze struck the 850-year-old gothic masterpiece.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that architects would be invited to submit designs to replace the collapsed spire.
Investigators, meanwhile, were given their first access to the top of the cathedral to begin their probe into the cause of the blaze.


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.