Saudi Arabia committed to cooperate in global efforts to protect marine resources, says climate affairs envoy

Saudi Arabia's Climate Envoy Adel Al-Jubeir delivering his speech during the High Level Event on Ocean Action: Immersed in Change in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Saturday. (SPA)
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Updated 09 June 2024
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Saudi Arabia committed to cooperate in global efforts to protect marine resources, says climate affairs envoy

  • Two-day event in Costa Rica is to prepare for the UN Ocean Conference in France in 2025
  • Topics discussed included the capacity of the oceans to absorb carbon dioxide, the need for sustainable fishing and tackling marine pollution

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s climate envoy, Adel Al-Jubeir, on Saturday said the Kingdom is committed to cooperate with the international community in enhancing efforts to protect oceans and marine resources.

Al-Jubeir, who is also minister of state for foreign affairs and a member of the Council of Ministers, reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment in a speech at Ocean Action: Immersed in Change, a high-level event in the Costa Rican capital, San Jose, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The San Jose gathering of country representatives, scientists and international experts, is to prepare for the 3rd UN Ocean Conference, to be held in France in 2025. Participants debated issues including the capacity of the ocean to absorb carbon dioxide, the need for sustainable fishing and tackling marine pollution.




Saudi Arabia's Climate Envoy Adel Al-Jubeir stands with other country representatives, scientists and international experts for a family photo at the close of the two-day High Level Event on Ocean Action: Immersed in Change in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Saturday. (X: @KSAmofaEN)

Al-Jubeir cited Saudi Arabia’s participation in international negotiations that resulted in a legally binding formula for an agreement on the sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas outside national areas.

The Kingdom also took an active part in negotiations aimed at coming up with a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution that includes the marine environment, SPA reported.

Al-Jubeir also noted that the Saudi Green Initiative, part of Saudi Vision 2030, has a commitment to protecting 30 percent of the Kingdom’s terrestrial and marine areas by 2030.

During Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 in 2020, the Kingdom led international efforts by launching the global platform to accelerate research and development of coral reefs to complement international efforts to protect the marine environment, he said.

He further cited the Kingdom’s commitment to the protection of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Red Sea and its launch of the General Foundation for the Conservation of Coral Reefs and Turtles in the Red Sea.




Costa Rica's President Rodrigo Chaves receives Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs and climate envoy Adel Al-Jubeir on the sidelines of the High Level Event on Ocean Action: Immersed in Change. (X: @KSAmofaEN)

“The Kingdom contributes effectively to regional efforts to protect and preserve the marine environment in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. It is also a member of the Regional Authority for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, and the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment,” Al-Jubeir said.

Earlier on Friday, Li Junhua, the UN undersecretary-general for social affairs, said at the start of the talks that protecting the ocean was “not an option but an imperative.”

Costa Rica’s President Rodrigo Chaves, host of the two-day meeting, said that if the world does not act, “we as a generation would be taking away the future of humanity.”


Al-Jubeir reviews Saudi Arabia’s climate efforts at FII Brazil summit

Updated 14 June 2024
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Al-Jubeir reviews Saudi Arabia’s climate efforts at FII Brazil summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s climate envoy Adel Al-Jubeir said the Kingdom is one of the largest investors in clean energy and has huge projects aimed at reducing the effects of climate change and initiatives to enhance global climate action.

Al-Jubeir, who is also the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Cabinet member, added that these projects include a waste recycling program, Middle East Green Initiative, and one of the largest hydrogen schemes in the world, which is being established in NEOM. 

During the Future Investment Initiative Institute’s Priority Summit in Brazil, he tackled the Kingdom’s role and efforts in energy development, and its goal to be one of the largest exporters of all types of energy, including clean, renewable and traditional energy.

He reviewed the most prominent objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 and its focus on improving the quality of life, empowering youth and attracting investments to achieve stability, growth and prosperity in the Kingdom.

Al-Jubeir said the Kingdom is working to intensify its communication and rapprochement with the world to face climate challenges, as it is located between three continents, and is surrounded by the most important waterways. It is also one of the important countries in energy markets, and one of the investors in global markets.

FII Priority is a program that consists of summits, initiatives, and resolutions, focusing on humanity’s priorities, concerns, and hopes. The Rio de Janeiro summit is designed to deliver impactful change by transforming ideas into tangible solutions, according to the institute. 


Pilgrims reminded of benefits provided by Tawakkalna app during Hajj

Updated 13 June 2024
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Pilgrims reminded of benefits provided by Tawakkalna app during Hajj

  • The services it provides include alerts for pilgrims, a distress call function, weather updates, help to determine the direction to face the Kaaba for prayer, and prayer timings
  • The app provides support for seven languages: Arabic, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Bangladeshi, Urdu and Hindi

MAKKAH: Authorities have reminded pilgrims that the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority’s Tawakkalna app provides access to several digital services that can help them during Hajj.
The app provides support for seven languages: Arabic, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Bangladeshi, Urdu and Hindi. The services it provides include the latest information and alerts for pilgrims as they perform Hajj rituals; weather updates for Makkah and Madinah provided by the National Center of Meteorology; readings from the Qur’an; help to determine the qibla, the direction to face the Kaaba for prayer; and prayer timings.
Pilgrims can also use Tawakkalna to display their digital Hajj card (Nusuk), while Hajj workers can access entry permits for holy sites. A “rituals” section gives pilgrims with Hajj permit the option to obtain a permit for Umrah, and provides other services such as a “Help Me” section, a distress call function, and a way to check volunteers’ credentials.
Authorities said the app has 32 million users, provides 315 electronic services, and can be used in more than 77 countries. The annual Hajj pilgrimage will begin on Friday, June 14 and continue until Wednesday, June 19.


Saudi leaders send condolences to leader of Malawi over death of vice president

Updated 13 June 2024
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Saudi leaders send condolences to leader of Malawi over death of vice president

  • King Salman: We express to your excellency and your friendly people our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy
  • Deaths of Saulos Klaus Chilima and the others were confirmed on Tuesday when the wreckage of the small military plane in which they were traveling was discovered

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sent a message of condolence and sympathy to Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera following the deaths of Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and nine others in a plane crash.

The king wrote: “We received news of the death of the vice president of the Republic of Malawi, Mr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, and his companions, and we express to your excellency and your friendly people our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a similar message to the president, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The deaths of Chilima and the others were confirmed on Tuesday when the wreckage of the small military plane in which they were traveling was discovered in a mountainous region in the north of the country. Contact with the aircraft had been lost the previous day. The victims also included former first lady Shanil Dzimbiri, the ex-wife of former Malawian President Bakili Muluzi, and three military crew members.

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Egypt’s president prays in the Prophet’s Mosque ahead of Hajj

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2024
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Egypt’s president prays in the Prophet’s Mosque ahead of Hajj

  • The annual pilgrimage starts on Friday and El-Sisi will be taking part this year

RIYADH: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived in the Saudi city of Madinah on Thursday and prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

El-Sisi was received by Prince Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the governor of the Madinah region, and a number of local officials on his arrival at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport.

The annual pilgrimage starts on Friday and El-Sisi will be taking part this year. 


King Salman Arabic Language Academy signs deal with Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies

Updated 13 June 2024
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King Salman Arabic Language Academy signs deal with Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies

RIYADH: King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language on Thursday signed an agreement with Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies in Tashkent.

The agreement aims to enhance cooperation in promoting the Arabic language, teaching it, preserving its integrity and supporting its use in alignment with the objectives of the human capability development program, one of the initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030.

The academy aims to fulfill its mission of caring for the Arabic language, fostering pride in it, and enabling its civilizational, scientific and cultural contributions.

The academy implemented Arabic language month in Uzbekistan as part of a series of scientific programs undertaken in various countries.