Qassim region’s ‘social city’ project to support charity work

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Updated 29 June 2020

Qassim region’s ‘social city’ project to support charity work

  • Project includes buildings, parks, pedestrian paths, gyms, and recreation halls

BURAIDAH: Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal on Sunday chaired a meeting to study the establishment of Abdullah Al-Othaim Social City to promote and support social and charity work in the region, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The meeting was attended by the undersecretary of region, Abdulrahman Al-Wazzan; the assistant undersecretary for development affairs, Abdulrahman Al-Saawi; businessman Abdullah Al-Othaim; and a number of government agencies that took part virtually.

Prince Faisal was briefed on the steps to establish Abdullah Al-Othaim Social City, which includes buildings, parks, pedestrian paths, gyms, and recreation halls.

He listened to an explanation from Al-Othaim about the details of the city, which aims to serve low-income people, the elderly, orphans, people with disabilities, families of prisoners, and the ill.

Al-Othaim expressed his appreciation for the governor’s follow-up, encouragement, and support for all the social work that served the region and its people.

Prince Faisal praised Al-Othaim’s initiative to establish a social city in the region, expressing his appreciation for the benevolence of the Saudi people toward promoting and developing social and charitable works.

He said that the solidarity of the Saudi people and the promotion of institutional and sustainable work that served society contributed to providing many employment opportunities and services to beneficiaries in all fields.


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.