Saudi ambassador to London praises UK ties at national day celebration

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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain, Prince Khalid bin Bandar, praised UK-Saudi relations at a national day celebration in London. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar, welcomed guests to the 89th National Day ceremony in London. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Several Arab and international diplomats, dignitaries, British and Saudi government and non-government representatives and friends and citizens of the Kingdom attended the national day celebrations. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Several Arab and international diplomats, dignitaries, British and Saudi government and non-government representatives and friends and citizens of the Kingdom attended the national day celebrations. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Several Arab and international diplomats, dignitaries, British and Saudi government and non-government representatives and friends and citizens of the Kingdom attended the national day celebrations. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Several Arab and international diplomats, dignitaries, British and Saudi government and non-government representatives and friends and citizens of the Kingdom attended the national day celebrations. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar, welcomed guests to the 89th National Day ceremony in London. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain, Prince Khalid bin Bandar, praised UK-Saudi relations at a national day celebration in London. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Several Arab and international diplomats, dignitaries, British and Saudi government and non-government representatives and friends and citizens of the Kingdom attended the national day celebrations. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Several Arab and international diplomats, dignitaries, British and Saudi government and non-government representatives and friends and citizens of the Kingdom attended the national day celebrations. (AN Photo/Sarah Glubb)
Updated 24 September 2019

Saudi ambassador to London praises UK ties at national day celebration

  • Prince Khalid bin Bandar said the Kingdom would be showing a lot more in the coming future
  • Saudi Arabia is celebrating its 89th national day

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain praised relations with the UK at a national day celebration in London on Monday.
Prince Khalid bin Bandar also said the Kingdom would be showing a lot more of “what we have to offer” in the coming years.

Arab and international diplomats, and British and Saudi officials came together with Saudi citizens for the celebration of the 89th National Day at Lancaster House in the West End of London.
It was the first time Prince Khalid, who was appointed ambassador in July, has hosted the national day ceremony in the UK’s capital.
The ambassador said the “relationship between Saudi Arabia and the UK goes back before the 89 years since the creation of the Kingdom, and we have enhanced and extended vast development to improve the relationship between our two great countries.”
Prince Khalid also gave a special thanks “in the true spirit of a national united front” to Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Misk Foundation, whom supported the ceremony. 
“They are among the best of Saudi Arabia, but not all that you can get from Saudi Arabia, and for the next few years, we’ll be showing you what we can do and what we have to offer,” he added.

Khaled Al-Duwaisan, Kuwait’s ambassador to the UK and dean of the diplomatic corps, said it was an honor to be among his Saudi friends at the event. 
“Saudi Arabia achieved great progress and prosperity to its people. It is the base of stability in our area as Saudi Arabia is the biggest Gulf state with their origin and their location. We congratulate them for this day, because it is our celebration, not just their celebration,” he told Arab News.
The Mayor of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Will Pascall, expressed his great honor to be invited to celebrate the national day. 
“My congratulations go to the king, the crown prince and all the people in Saudi Arabia,” he told Arab News.


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.