Saudi Arabia seeks greater cooperation with UN Volunteers program

Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi meets Oliver Adam, executive coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV) program. (SPA)
Updated 01 June 2019

Saudi Arabia seeks greater cooperation with UN Volunteers program

Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN, met Oliver Adam, executive coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV) program.

Adam provided him with a thorough analysis and explanation of the mechanism and objectives of the UNV.

There are more than 7,000 volunteers enrolled in the program from all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Adam said.

Al-Mouallimi called for greater cooperation between the UNV and Saudi Arabia, especially as the latter’s Vision 2030 reform plan aims to raise the number of volunteers in the Kingdom to 1 million by 2030.

Al-Mouallimi also met with Peter Mullerin, director of the representative office in New York of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

During the meeting, Mullerin thanked Saudi Arabia for its generous support for UNRWA. He reviewed the agency’s financial crisis, and its impact on the efforts and services provided to Palestinian refugees.

Al-Mouallimi stressed that the Palestinian cause is a top Saudi concern, and that the Kingdom is always keen to help UN agencies serve the Palestinian people worldwide, especially regarding education and health.


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

Updated 05 July 2020

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.