KSrelief, UN agency join forces in nutrition drive across developing world

KSrelief, UN agency join forces in nutrition drive across developing world
IFAD and KSrelief have joined forces to deliver access to nutritious food in the world’s most impoverished countries. (IFAD)
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Updated 03 July 2021

KSrelief, UN agency join forces in nutrition drive across developing world

KSrelief, UN agency join forces in nutrition drive across developing world
  • The organizations will draw on their respective expertise and share knowledge to address malnutrition and hunger
  • Al-Rabeeah: “This agreement is a further step to expand the partnership between Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, and IFAD”

ROME: The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and ‎Relief Center (KSrelief) have joined forces to deliver sustainable access to nutritious food in the world’s most impoverished countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Saudi Royal Court and supervisor general at KSrelief, and Gilbert F. Houngbo, president of IFAD, signed a joint cooperation agreement at the UN agency’s headquarters in Rome in order to respond with concrete action to escalating hunger and malnutrition around the world that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both organizations share a mission to alleviate poverty and hunger. As part of the agreement, they will draw on their respective expertise and reach, and share knowledge to jointly address malnutrition and hunger. This includes collaborating on the strategy, design and implementation of projects in impoverished countries, including Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
“This agreement is a further step to expand the partnership between Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, and IFAD, which aims to help many people in need and expand the humanitarian scope of Saudi Arabia globally,” said Al-Rabeeah.
“KSrelief is a leading humanitarian organization that has managed to build a wide network of partnerships aiming to alleviate the suffering of those in need. We look forward to building a solid partnership with IFAD, aiming to widen our scope of work.”
Houngbo said: “COVID-19 has amplified the hardships faced by the world’s most vulnerable people, many of whom are now experiencing an increase in hunger and poverty. It is vital for like-minded organizations to join forces to combat this.
“I welcome this opportunity to collaborate with KSrelief to ensure that people living in the most dire situations can sustainably grow, market and consume enough nutritious food.”
An international financial institution and UN agency, IFAD has provided more than $23 billion in grants and low interest loans to help vulnerable countries reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition and increase rural peoples’ resilience to shocks.
In 2019, IFAD opened a liaison office with Gulf Cooperation Council countries in Riyadh in order to strengthen partnerships within the region.
KSrelief was founded in 2015 by King Salman to be the humanitarian arm of Saudi Arabia.
To date, it has spent $5.26 billion, supporting more than 1,600 projects in 68 countries, with a focus on women and children, food security and nutrition, health, education, shelter, water, sanitation, and humanitarian and emergency relief coordination.
Following the signing of the new partnership, senior IFAD officials told Arab News that Saudi Arabia has played “a major role” in the organization since 1977. “It has been a key supporter of the fund for the past 40 years,” one official said.
Arab Gulf countries financed about 20 percent of IFAD’s initial funding and the first and second replenishments and, as a result, have a strong voice in IFAD’s governance. The fund’s first three presidents were Arab nationals.
“Saudi Arabia’s support for IFAD is critical to combating poverty and strengthening development in developing countries,” the official added.


Saudi crown prince discusses climate change with leaders on sidelines of regional summit

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 25 October 2021

Saudi crown prince discusses climate change with leaders on sidelines of regional summit

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in Riyadh. (SPA)
  • The crown prince reviewed the topics on the summit’s agenda and the Kingdom’s environmental initiatives

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad on Monday, on the sidelines of the Middle East Green Initiative Summit in the capital Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed the topics on the summit’s agenda, and efforts made toward confronting climate change, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman also met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to review efforts to reduce emissions and preserve the environment.
He also held talks with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, during which they discussed opportunities for cooperation in the fields of clean energy, as well as ongoing efforts to confront climate change.
The crown prince also met with Algerian Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Ayman Ben Abdul Rahman and Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden to discuss the summit’s agenda and the Kingdom’s environmental initiatives, including the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative.
Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, and Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif also attended the meetings.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also attended the separate meetings.


Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections

Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections
Updated 25 October 2021

Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections

Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections
  • The health ministry says 56 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,780.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 51 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 548,303 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 77 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 19, followed by Jeddah with nine, and Buraidah, Makkah, Jazan and Dammam recorded two cases each.


The health ministry also announced that 56 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,338.
Over 45.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 21.2 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 244 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.96 million.


Italian official praises good relationship with Saudi Arabia

Manlio Di Stefano is in Saudi Arabia to participate in the summit of the Middle East Green Initiative. (AFP/File Photo)
Manlio Di Stefano is in Saudi Arabia to participate in the summit of the Middle East Green Initiative. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 25 October 2021

Italian official praises good relationship with Saudi Arabia

Manlio Di Stefano is in Saudi Arabia to participate in the summit of the Middle East Green Initiative. (AFP/File Photo)
  • He also discussed the commercial possibilities opening up for Italian firms under Vision 2030’s programs

ROME: The state of bilateral relations between Italy and KSA is excellent, Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Manlio Di Stefano said after he met Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraji in Riyadh on Monday.

Di Stefano is in Saudi Arabia to participate in the summit of the Middle East Green Initiative, as part of Italy’s commitment to the action on climate change as President of the G20 and co-President of COP26.

“With the Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraji we verified the excellent state of bilateral relations and discussed regional scenarios. It was a valuable opportunity to understand Saudi Arabia’s current position on Libya, Afghanistan and Yemen, as well as on the state of its relations with Iran,” Di Stefano said.

He explained that from his meeting “emerged the increased need for mediation in the various theaters, so that these situations of instability can finally normalize to the benefit, first of all, of the most vulnerable parts of the population. The Italian government, also holding the lever of the G20 presidency, is making every possible effort in this direction.”

Di Stefano met also the Saudi Minister of Commerce, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi. The representatives of the two governments, Di Stefano said, “examined the great business possibilities that are opening up for companies in this moment of post-pandemic economic revival.”

Italy is now the seventh largest commercial supplier to Saudi Arabia.

In the first half of 2021, trade between the two countries grew by more than 17 percent compared to the previous year. According to projections, it should exceed €7 billion ($8 billion) by the end of 2021.

The activity of Italian companies working in KSA has been mainly concentrated in infrastructure and the petrochemical sector.

“But we can do more together since Saudi Arabia, as part of the Vision 2030 Strategy, has launched a program of ecological and digital transition that will radically change the face of this country within the next few years,” Di Stefano said.

He urged leading Italian companies in the fields of renewable energy and high technology “to seize fully all the opportunities which originate from this ambitious program that KSA will put in place.”


Saudi Arabia says following developments in Sudan with concern, calls for de-escalation

Saudi Arabia says following developments in Sudan with concern, calls for de-escalation
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Saudi Arabia says following developments in Sudan with concern, calls for de-escalation

Saudi Arabia says following developments in Sudan with concern, calls for de-escalation
  • The US embassy in Khartoum condemns coup in Sudan, calls on military to immediately cease violence, release detained officials, and ensure the safety of demonstrators

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it is following with great concern the developing events in Sudan and stressed on the importance of restraint and a de-escalation of tensions. 

The Kingdom said it was important to preserve all the political and economic gains and everything that aimed to protect the unity among all the political components in Sudan, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Kingdom said it continues to stand by the Sudanese people and supports security, stability, growth and prosperity for Sudan.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Khartoum on Monday condemned the forced removal of the civilian government by Sudan’s armed forces, and their actions to undermine the country’s democratic transition.
“We call for the military to immediately cease violence, release detained officials, and ensure the safety of Sudanese citizens demonstrating for democratic and civilian leadership,” it said in a tweet.

Earlier on Monday, the embassy said it had received reports that armed forces are blocking certain areas in and around Khartoum and advised American citizens to shelter in place and remain aware of their surroundings.
“The US embassy is gravely concerned by reports that the armed forces have taken action against Sudan’s civilian government, and condemns actions that are undermining Sudan’s democratic transition,” it added.
The embassy also said: “We call on all actors who are disrupting Sudan’s transition to stand down, and allow the civilian-led transitional government to continue its important work to achieve the goals of the revolution.”


Qiyadat Global-Georgetown Program to honor female graduate leaders in Riyadh

Qiyadat Global-Georgetown Program to honor female graduate leaders in Riyadh
Updated 25 October 2021

Qiyadat Global-Georgetown Program to honor female graduate leaders in Riyadh

Qiyadat Global-Georgetown Program to honor female graduate leaders in Riyadh
  • Graduates express gratitude for the program, despite conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic

JEDDAH: More than 200 graduates from more than 20 countries who completed a women’s leadership program will be honored in Riyadh on Monday.

Qiyadat Global-Georgetown gives participants the leadership skills needed to thrive in the public and private sectors, as well as in nonprofit organizations.

The women addressed leadership skills in decision-making, organizational change management and organizational performance, and interaction with stakeholders.

They came from different backgrounds: 16 percent were from the financial sector, 14 percent were from the education field, and 12 percent were from healthcare. Others had backgrounds in energy, technology, chemicals, media, and communications.

Of the participants, 42 percent had a bachelor’s degree, 47 percent had a master’s degree, and 9 percent had doctorates.

The graduates expressed their gratitude for the program, despite the conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were also grateful for the wide range of academic coverage, the diversity of nationalities among the participants, and their interaction with each other.

Qiyadat Global-Georgetown represents a contribution toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The 17 goals include education, particularly the quality of education at all levels, gender equality, sustainable economic growth and decent work for all.

Countries have been formulating strategies to target the development of communities while also addressing social concerns such as quality of education, universal coverage of healthcare, provision of social protection, and job creation.