Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi Arabia devoted G20 presidency to stronger, more sustainable world

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman delivers the closing remarks at 15th G20 Summit on Nov. 22, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman delivers the closing remarks at 15th G20 Summit on Nov. 22, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman delivers the closing remarks at 15th G20 Summit on Nov. 22, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman delivers the closing remarks at 15th G20 Summit on Nov. 22, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Updated 22 November 2020

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi Arabia devoted G20 presidency to stronger, more sustainable world

  • Kingdom would continue to support international efforts to combat coronavirus
  • Saudi Arabia contributed $500m to the $21bn pledged by G20 countries after COVID-19 outbreak

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has devoted its G20 presidency to building a stronger, more robust and sustainable world, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday.
Speaking on the final day of the G20 Summit hosted in Riyadh, the crown prince said the Kingdom would continue to support international efforts to provide vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, in a “fair and affordable manner.”
“This pandemic knows no borders,” he said. “It has reached all countries and affected, directly and indirectly, every person living on this planet, which has necessitated the activation of the pivotal role played by the G20.”
The crown prince said G20 leaders met twice throughout the Kingdom’s presidency — the first time this has happened since its formation.
An extraordinary meeting in March, as COVID-19 swept around the world, adopted “unprecedented measures and coordinated actions” to act as a foundation for global recovery, he said.
Speaking on behalf of King Salman, chair of this year’s summit, the crown prince thanked heads of states, international organizations, the business community and civil societies who contributed throughout the Kingdom’s presidency.

“We stand today at the end of an exceptional year in which we had the privilege and responsibility of the G20 presidency,” he said. “Since the beginning of this year, we set one goal, ‘Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All,’ which includes themes such as: empowering people, safeguarding the planet, and shaping new frontiers.”
He added that these themes are now more relevant than ever, in light of the pandemic.
The crown prince said Saudi Arabia contributed $500 million to the $21 billion pledged by G20 countries after the outbreak.
The crown prince said G20 countries “injected over $11 trillion into the global economy to support businesses and protect individuals’ livelihoods.”
They provided emergency support to vulnerable, emerging or low income countries to help fight the pandemic in the form of debt relief worth more than $14 billion.
Aside from the coronavirus pandemic, the G20 endorsed a platform to reduce carbon emissions and ensure cleaner, affordable and more sustainable energy, he added.
He said that they adopted the Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which would provide support toward trade reforms, as well as “efforts to empower women and youth through quality education and financial inclusion.”
“It has been an exceptional challenge but an absolute honor to hold the G20 Presidency during this trying year,” the crown prince said.


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
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On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.