Makkah governor praises Hajj transport organization for service to pilgrims

Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal praised the role of the General Syndicate of Cars for serving pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 28 August 2019

Makkah governor praises Hajj transport organization for service to pilgrims

  • The forum offers an opportunity for organizations providing services for pilgrims to promote their products

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal has praised the General Syndicate of Cars (GSC) for its participation in a forum dedicated to the service of pilgrims.
The GSC is taking part in the Hajj and Umrah Forum as a strategic partner, along with nine transport companies and institutions, and at the opening of the event the prince thanked syndicate president, Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, for its sponsorship.
The forum offers an opportunity for organizations providing services for pilgrims to promote their products.
Prince Khalid, who is adviser to King Salman, also welcomed the region’s head of the Public Prosecution, Ahmad Al-Wardi, in the holy capital’s office.
The prince was briefed on the work of the Public Prosecution during this year’s Hajj season and future plans including the expansion of branches and specialties across the region.
Al-Wardi congratulated Prince Khalid on the success of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, for the resources provided by the Saudi government, and on his continuous follow-up of the works and services offered to pilgrims.


Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Updated 13 August 2020

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

  • Saudi Green Building Forum granted accreditation as an observer to UNEP governing body

RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs.
Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitments and engagements of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the nonprofit organization has been granted accreditation as an observer at the governing body of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). SGBF will play a role as an observer at all public meetings and sessions of the UNEP and its subsidiary organs.
Speaking to Arab News, Faisal Al-Fadl, founder of the nonprofit organization, said that the forum’s mission has been developing for the past 10 years and this accreditation was considered an important step in strengthening the role of Saudi civil society institutions, locally and internationally. This was in line with Vision 2030, which has not only played an integral role in the NGO’s mission but also paved the way for the Kingdom’s people to go the extra mile in building an advanced and resilient society.
SGBF was initiated in 2010 and established in 2014. In 2017, it became the first professional body from Saudi Arabia in consultative status with the UN.
“The Saudi Forum was an advocacy group with an honest voice to bridge the gap; through UNEP we now have the tools to become the policymakers,” Al-Fadl said. It is a challenge that the group founder says will be met by providing communities with the proper tools to implement commitments.
As the observing body on the environmental framework at the UNEP, SGBF’s role will include promoting its concepts and goals to be reflected within the community of change. For change to happen, people of a community at a grassroots level who have committed to the preservation of moral codes of conduct are key to changing mentality and behavior to guarantee a future for the next generations, Al-Fadl said.
“As an open platform, our role is being the honest voice of bridging the gap. Economic and social progress accompanied by environmental degradation and pandemics are endangering the very systems on which our future development and our survival depends,” he said.
SGBF represents the Kingdom and its call to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to build on the principles of volunteering, advocacy and sustainable development.
For the NGO, their next step is increasing the engagement of civil society, finding solutions to the problem of volunteer integration in societies, and to prioritize and address social challenges for women, youth and the elderly, calling on member states to increase their role in building and developing practices that minimize the negative impact on the planet.
Al-Fadl added that protecting the planet and building resilience was not easy. Without bolstering local action, including volunteers to accelerate the implementation, it would be a long time until goals were met and result seen, he said.
“UN member countries have the responsibility in confronting the human crisis of inestimable proportions, which impose its heaviest tolls on the supply chain for those marginalized and
most vulnerable in cities and communities around the world,” Al-Fadl said.