UN lauds Saudi efforts to combat desertification

Ibrahim Thiaw (left), executive secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, meeting with Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen A. AlFadley, during his visit to Saudi Arabia early this month. (Twitter)
Updated 10 November 2019

UN lauds Saudi efforts to combat desertification

  • Thiaw stressed the need to transfer the Kingdom’s successful experiences and achievements to other countries with similar environmental conditions

RIYADH: The executive secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification commended the advanced and successful efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in the rehabilitation of vegetation in a number of locations.
Ibrahim Thiaw pointed out that the rehabilitation of vegetation in dry land areas faces significant challenges due to climatic and natural conditions.
This came during a meeting with the undersecretary of the ministry, Dr. Osama Fakiha.
The meeting discussed cooperation in combating desertification, land degradation and habitat loss. It also considered preparations for the environment at the G20 meetings, in addition to a visual presentation on the National Center for Plant Cover Development and Combating Desertification.
Thiaw stressed the need to transfer the Kingdom’s successful experiences and achievements to other countries with similar environmental conditions. He hailed the work done in Al-Zulfi and Al-Ghat parks.
Thiaw also met with officials in the water and agriculture sectors. He was briefed on the plans for rural development programs, and the rehabilitation of terraces in the southwestern areas.


Flu jabs for Riyadh schools

Updated 12 November 2019

Flu jabs for Riyadh schools

  • Director of School Health Affairs, Dr. Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Hajjri, said that the campaign aimed to prevent seasonal flu, which spread easily at this time of year

RIYADH: Students in Riyadh’s 4,700 schools will be vaccinated against seasonal flu as part of a campaign by the Department of School Health Affairs and the Department of Human Resources.
The vaccination program was launched on Sunday by Hamad bin Nasser Al-Wahaibi, director-general of the Riyadh Education Department.
Director of School Health Affairs, Dr. Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Hajjri, said that the campaign aimed to prevent seasonal flu, which spread easily at this time of year.
The flu virus can be transmitted in the air or by touching contaminated surfaces. The infection period ranges from one day before the onset of symptoms to up to seven days afterwards, but can continue for a longer in children and adults with immune deficiency, he said.