His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Saudi Culture Minister affirmed that culture will be a vital engine for a more sustainable world and a more prosperous future for all peoples.
This came during his participation as Vice-President in the ministerial meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the Group of Twenty, in the Italian capital, Rome.
He added that the Kingdom is committed to strengthening international dialogue on ways to recover the culture and creativity sectors from the repercussions of the novel coronavirus pandemic, in order to achieve the full potential of these sectors.
Culture and creative industries as key drivers of sustainability and growth, cultural heritage protection, climate change mitigation through culture, capacity building through training and education, and digital transformation from a cultural perspective are the five priorities identified by the current president for the Sherpa Cultural Track meetings in 2021.
The Saudi Culture Minister reviewed the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to conserve cultural heritage and foster culture, noting that the Kingdom has achieved significant progress, including the registration of six sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
He affirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to promoting international dialogue on the role of culture in mitigating the effects of climate change and contributing to re-imagining the relationship between cultural policy-making and environmental sustainability, as well as launching initiatives in the fields of research and capacity development with support, education and empowerment.
It is noteworthy that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a member of the Troika (the former presidency country) of the Group of Twenty, along with Italy, the current presidency, and Indonesia, the next presidency.