Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO executive board

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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, opened the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, meets with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, on the sidelines of the 2019 International Culture Ministers Forum at UNESCO. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, meets with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, on the sidelines of the 2019 International Culture Ministers Forum at UNESCO. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2019

Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO executive board

  • Saudi Arabia was elected to the executive board of UNESCO for 2019-2023
  • Kingdom supports UNESCO’s efforts to establish peace through international cooperation in education, science and culture

PARIS: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday was elected to the executive board of UNESCO for 2019-2023.
Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud said: “The election of Saudi Arabia to the UNESCO executive puts our country in its natural place. We look forward to working together with our partners to promote peace through education, science, culture and the arts.”
“This confirms the Kingdom’s international status and its role in building peace and contributing effectively to the establishment of the principles of culture and science.”
Prince Badr said that the Kingdom supports UNESCO’s efforts to establish peace through international cooperation in education, science and culture. He said that the Kingdom was a founding member of UNESCO and it will continue to contribute to efforts to promote dialogue and peace, build bridges between cultures and peoples, preserve human heritage, both tangible and intangible, and support innovation and creativity, science, culture and the arts.
He said that the Kingdom’s role on the executive council will emphasize the promotion of messages of peace among peoples, achieve the goals and strategies of the UN prepared through UNESCO, and cooperation with all members. In addition, the Kingdom will strive to achieve the three main objectives of “maintaining our culture and our common heritage, support innovation and technology for sustainable social development, and promote a tolerant global community.”
Prince Badr said that the Kingdom will focus on culture, arts, technology, education and youth empowerment, based on its history of supporting and contributing to UNESCO since 1946, and as the only Arab country in the Group of 20.
“All these factors, in addition to the convergence of the principles of UNESCO and the goals of the sustainable development of the UN with the vision of the Kingdom of 2030, will contribute to the achievement of our common humanitarian goals with the world,” he said.

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Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

INNUMBERS

280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.