Saudi Arabia supports the sustainable development goals (SDGs) which are an essential component of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said.
Saudi Arabia sent an official delegation to the 41st session of the General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization “UNESCO,” which was held in the French capital, Paris, and was led by Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan expressed Saudi Arabia’s pride in its partnership with the “UNESCO,” congratulating the organization on its 75th anniversary of multilateral achievements in the fields of education, science, and culture, and emphasizing Saudi Arabia’s commitment to cooperation with UNESCO and member states.
In a speech at the conference, the Minister of Culture said: “The culture and science sectors are an essential component of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and from here we are investing in initiatives such as the Cultural Scholarship Program, as well as through the Cultural Development Fund, which will enhance cultural activity in the Kingdom.
Prince Badr stated in his address that, despite the obstacles presented by the Corona epidemic in the cultural sectors, new opportunities had evolved in response to the pandemic’s limits. Saudi Arabia has achieved significant progress in digital competitiveness by implementing digitalization, which has aided in the preservation of cultural legacy and increased participation in cultural acts.
The Kingdom jumped 40 places in the digital infrastructure rating for communications and information purification, becoming first among G20 countries. In terms of boosting all possible outcomes, it ranks first in the global competitiveness index.
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He emphasized the Kingdom’s pride in hosting the World Summit on Artificial Intelligence in 2020, with the theme “Artificial Intelligence for the Good of Humanity,” which was generously sponsored by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and confirms Saudi Arabia’s goal of becoming the global capital of artificial intelligence.
In the sphere of education, Prince Badr highlighted that Saudi Arabia has established a variety of ground-breaking programs for lifelong learning and boosting individual competitiveness via the continual development of skills and capacities, including the Human Capacity Development Program and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“In the sphere of international cooperation to protect the environment and increase sustainability, Saudi Arabia recently launched the “Green Saudi” and “Green Middle East” initiatives to address the consequences of climate change on a wide scale in the Kingdom and region,” the Saudi Minister of Culture continued.