Saudi Arabia backs UN’s coronavirus response plan with $100 million

The United Nations Headquarters in New York, US, on March 10, 2020. (REUTERS/File)
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Updated 19 September 2020

Saudi Arabia backs UN’s coronavirus response plan with $100 million

  • Kingdom's donation will support UN's International Response Plan to coronavirus pandemic
  • Guterres thanked Saudi Arabia for its generous and continuous support to UN

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Friday it was donating $100 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) and toward a number of projects in support of a United Nations response plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement was made by the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, during a virtual event with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Saudi Press Agency reported.
“The International Response Plan to coronavirus pandemic, the WHO and other UN agencies will benefit from this Saudi donation,” Al-Mouallimi tweeted following the meeting.
Earlier, Al-Mouallimi said that “this support comes within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s international efforts in support of the response to combating the coronavirus, and awareness of the importance of cooperation, solidarity and collective and international action to foster a transparent, robust, coordinated and wide-ranging global response.”
He said the Kingdom was carrying out “the role it has been entrusted with toward multilateralism, collective and international action in order to confront the COVID-19 pandemic,” adding that Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries “to extend a hand of aid and coordination” with countries affected by the spread of the virus.
Al-Mouallimi said that the Kingdom is working to enable the UN to lead international action to intensify global efforts to combat coronavirus, and to enhance support for developing countries and the most vulnerable regions in fighting this pandemic.
In particular, he mentioned assisting refugees, raising the standards of living among the world’s poorest groups, developing fragile economies, mediating an end to conflicts, and building more harmonious relationships between nations.
Guterres thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Kingdom’s generous and continuous support to the organization.


Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, president of the West Asian Triathlon Federation

Updated 05 December 2020

Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, president of the West Asian Triathlon Federation

Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz was recently appointed president of the West Asian Triathlon Federation (WATF).

The federation’s general assembly on Friday recommended the prince, who is vice president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC), president of the Saudi Triathlon Federation and chairman of the Saudi Camel Federation, to chair the organization.

Prince Fahd graduated from Riyadh Schools in 2003 and attended King Saud University to study for a bachelor’s degree in law. He obtained an MBA in international relations from the University of Wales in 2012 and, three years later, received an executive master’s degree in sports organization management from Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Prince Fahd was the president’s adviser of international relations at the Saudi Sports Authority between 2015 and 2017. Between 2007 and 2014 he was a legal adviser and an international relations adviser at the Ministry of Sport, previously known as the General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

In November 2016 Prince Fahd became the president’s adviser of Olympic Committees and Federations at the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees, and a member of International Relations Commission at the union. He is also a member of the international relations committee at the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Following his WATF appointment Prince Fahd thanked the general assembly members for their confidence, saying that he would shoulder “this great responsibility” to better serve the triathlon in West Asia.