Saudi Arabia committed to tackling climate change, says Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman at a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019. (Reuters/Handout)
Updated 01 July 2019

Saudi Arabia committed to tackling climate change, says Crown Prince

  • Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom is working to develop a comprehensive and integrated energy-saving system
  • Added availability of and accessibility to energy is a priority for the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is committed to “reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the negative effects of climate change,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said at the G20 summit that ended on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.
Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom is working to develop a comprehensive and integrated energy-saving system through energy efficiency programs.
He also said that the Kingdom has recently launched several projects aimed at increasing the production of renewable energy, and that integrating and exploiting all energy sources is a necessity.
The crown prince continued by saying that due to Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in the world economy, the availability of and accessibility to energy is a priority for the Kingdom.
He added that due to more than a billion people not having a permanent source of energy around the world, the Kingdom stresses the need for cooperation on this issue and the support of less developed countries. He cited the 2008 Energy for the Poor Initiative as an example of this.
Prince Mohammed added that the Kingdom emphasizes the importance of the security and safety of energy supplies to ensure that the basic needs of the global economy are met.


Safeguarding the Two Holy Mosques is vital task for Saudi security forces, spokesman says

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Safeguarding the Two Holy Mosques is vital task for Saudi security forces, spokesman says

  • Attia also reviewed the security issues and challenges the Kingdom has faced over the years

MAKKAH: Maj. Gen. Bassam Attia, a spokesman for the Saudi security forces, on Tuesday highlighted the importance of national security and the efforts that are made to develop procedures and strategies to protect the Kingdom from hostile forces.

In particular, he stressed the importance that is placed on ensuring the security of the Two Holy Mosques, in recognition of their unique place in the history and heritage of the country, and their civilizational and historical value.

His comments came during a lecture titled “Threats to National Security,” which was organized by Umm Al-Qura University in collaboration with the Presidency of State Security. The university’s president, Dr. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, also attended.

During his talk, Attia reviewed the security issues and challenges the Kingdom has faced over the years. He discussed the frameworks that have been put in place to protect the nation and its leaders from terrorism, extremism and espionage, and thwart any hostile acts or plans.

He also discussed key national-security concepts adopted by all countries, including economic, military, social, psychological, geopolitical, environmental, educational and political dimensions. He noted that efforts to ensure and preserve Saudi Arabia’s national security begin from within and extend throughout the region and internationally, and that what happens in the Kingdom affects other countries. Attia added that protecting the security of the Kingdom is a broad remit that constantly faces new challenges.