Expert hails safe cyberspace program for children

Expert hails safe cyberspace program for children
Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority signed an agreement with the International Telecommunication Union to launch the global program. (SPA)
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Updated 28 December 2020

Expert hails safe cyberspace program for children

Expert hails safe cyberspace program for children
  • Its primary goal is to support the development of best practices, policies and programs to enhance the protection of children online

RIYADH: A new program to create a safe cyberspace for children around the world is “of paramount importance” to protect their security and privacy online, a cybersecurity expert says.
“While the internet can bring significant benefits of knowledge, education, entertainment and development, it also exposes children to many risks including cyberbullying, violence and harassment,” Dr. Muhammad Khurram Khan, professor of cybersecurity at King Saud University and founder and CEO of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, told Arab News.
The National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA), in cooperation with the UN’s specialized agency for information and communication technologies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch the global program.
“This cooperation would underpin the strategies to reduce cybercrimes that target online children and provide their guardians with the necessary digital skills to eradicate and report cyber risks,” he said.
NCA Gov. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Sabti and ITU’s telecommunication development bureau director, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, penned the accord on Dec. 17 at the union’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Delegates from both sides attended the ceremony, including the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, envoy Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, and deputy governor of the NCA for international cooperation, Majid bin Mohammed Al-Mazyed.
Empowering children with cybersecurity awareness and online safety skills was a pressing global need, Khan said, considering the dangers they could be exposed to in the course of their internet use.
“It is also important to protect children from terrorist, radicalized and extremist groups who could harm them by their malicious ideologies,” he said. “Indeed, this initiative is a landmark step toward global capacity building and empowering stakeholders in addressing child online safety issues.”
The program was created as part of an initiative sponsored by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which was announced during the Global Cybersecurity Forum (GCF) in Riyadh in February this year.
Its primary goal is to support the development of best practices, policies and programs to enhance the protection of children online with the growing cyberthreats that target children and expose them to cybercrime.
Houlin Zhao, the secretary-general of ITU, applauded the Kingdom’s role in supporting international activities to protect children in cyberspace, and expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s efforts in this area, including the crown prince’s initiative.
The NCA-ITU partnership is built on these pillars: Supporting countries in evaluating, developing and improving relevant policies, launching awareness campaigns, enriching discussions on child protection in developing nations, and establishing task forces to help countries set up child protection programs.
The program will result in deliverables that include the translation and dissemination of guidelines to protect children in cyberspace. These guidelines were developed by more than 50 global entities and will be shared in more than 20 languages.
The program will provide more than 50 global training courses in the UN’s official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
More than 500 open consultations will be held to follow up on the program’s implementation. “Training of the trainers” will be provided around the globe to support implementation of the child online protection guidelines, and to provide instruction on how to develop applications for smartphones and educational games that contribute to online protection for children.


Saudi Arabia to plant trees in desert using drones

Saudi Arabia to plant trees in desert using drones
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Saudi Arabia to plant trees in desert using drones

Saudi Arabia to plant trees in desert using drones
  • The afforestation campaign is part of the Saudi and Middle East green initiatives

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is planning to use drones to plant 100,000 trees in a nature reserve in the north of the Kingdom.
The move is part of a plan to develop vegetation cover, combat desertification, and cultivate local trees and wild plants in the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Reserve in Hail.
Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd, minister of state and chairman of the reserve’s board of directors, said the afforestation campaign aims to preserve environmental diversity and strengthen environmental protection.
The drones will be used to accurately spread seeds over 200 hectares of varying terrain.
As part of the Saudi and Middle East green initiatives, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman earlier this year, Saudi Arabia aims to plant 10 billion trees in the Kingdom in the coming decades.


KSrelief delivers COVID-19 aid to Malawi

The aid was delivered by the Saudi non-resident deputy ambassador to Malawi, Nasser Al-Faridi, to Malawian Deputy Minister of Health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho, in the capital Lilongwe. (SPA)
The aid was delivered by the Saudi non-resident deputy ambassador to Malawi, Nasser Al-Faridi, to Malawian Deputy Minister of Health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho, in the capital Lilongwe. (SPA)
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KSrelief delivers COVID-19 aid to Malawi

The aid was delivered by the Saudi non-resident deputy ambassador to Malawi, Nasser Al-Faridi, to Malawian Deputy Minister of Health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho, in the capital Lilongwe. (SPA)

RIYADH: The Saudi-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) delivered various medical and preventive aid to Malawi to help the African country combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The aid was delivered by the Kingdom’s non-resident deputy ambassador to Malawi, Nasser Al-Faridi, to Malawian Deputy Minister of Health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho, in the capital, Lilongwe, on Sunday.
Al-Faridi said that this step comes within the framework of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to provide support and assistance to affected countries and based on its humanitarian role to confront the pandemic. He also said the step indicates the depth of relations between the two countries.


Saudi crown prince receives letter from Kuwaiti counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in Riyadh on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in Riyadh on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi crown prince receives letter from Kuwaiti counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in Riyadh on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
  • The message dealt with the strong and solid bilateral relations, and ways to enhance them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday received a written message from his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, regarding relations and the deep-rooted historical ties that bind the two countries and peoples, and ways to strengthen and develop them in all fields.
The message was received by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, during a meeting with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in the capital, Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections
  • The health ministry says 52 patients have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours
  • Municipalities close 35 businesses and issue fines to 72 others for violating precautionary measures

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,765.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 38 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 547,969 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 100 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 14, followed by Jeddah with six, Makkah with three, and Buraidah and Dammam confirmed two cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 52 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 536,999.
Over 44.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 20.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Meanwhile, Saudi municipalities have ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 1,222 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities on Sunday, and found 72 businesses in violation of the precautionary measures.
Hail Municipality also carried out 635 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities during the past week and authorities closed 35 commercial outlets for breaching protocols.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 241 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.91 million.


Saudi king receives letter from Oman’s sultan on bilateral relations

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi king receives letter from Oman’s sultan on bilateral relations

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
  • The message dealt with the strong and solid bilateral relations, and ways to enhance them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a written message from Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, regarding the strong and solid relations between the two countries and peoples, and ways to support and enhance them in various fields and at all levels.
The message was received by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, where he welcomed the Omani minister and his delegation accompanying to their second country, Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to exchanging views on regional and international issues of common interest.