Meeting discusses progress on building child-friendly Saudi cities

Prince Faisal said that paying positive attention to childhood was one of the foundations of building human capital. (SPA)
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Updated 04 September 2020

Meeting discusses progress on building child-friendly Saudi cities

ARAR: Progress on building child-friendly cities in Saudi Arabia were discussed at a meeting chaired by Northern Borders Region Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan.

The fourth round of talks on the initiative, held at the principality’s conference hall, looked into operational plans aimed at expanding children’s participation in city management within a legal framework that respected their rights and provided a suitable environment to further the health, education, recreation, and family aspects of their lives.

Delegates examined an executive committee proposal for a project in Turaif province as well as a report from a delegation that will make a provincial visit with the aim of implementing the initiative.

Prince Faisal said that paying positive attention to childhood was one of the foundations of building human capital, in line with social responsibility goals set out in the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.

He stressed the importance of the initiative in achieving integration and harmony with development programs for children through promoting the concept and strategy of child-friendly cities, alongside the delivery of programs that helped them to develop their skills and unleash their potential.

The meeting discussed various topics on the subject and made recommendations to move forward the initiative.
 


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.