209th Session of UNESCO’s Executive Board
The 58 Member States of the UNESCO Executive Board met in Paris this month to tackle the pressing issues of Culture, Education, the Sciences and more, given the urgency imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Saudi Arabia was represented at this session by HH Princess Haifa Al Mogrin, Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO, and a team of 26 Saudi experts in the field of education, culture, energy, environment and training.
In her speech, HH Princess Haifa Al Mogrin stressed the importance of the meeting as “vital” to understanding and governing the issues that will define the future of humanity: culture, education, and the sciences.
In addition to highlighting the Kingdom’s continued support to African countries, the Permanent Delegate reminded of how such unprecedented conditions do not affect the Kingdom’s core beliefs: striving for more bridges between cultures, a key driver to building a smaller, safer world that favors innovation and development.
All in all, over 100 Saudi initiatives have bolstered collaboration across a range of sectors to combat the effects of the pandemic: from fighting Covid19 by raising funds and understanding its genetic sequencing, to protecting the arts and education through digital platforms, e-learning learning for millions of students and virtual reality immersive experiences.
HH Princess Haifa Al Mogrin assured her peers that Saudi Arabia is fully committed to sharing its knowledge and experience with the rest of the world, for the benefit of all. Such multilateral approaches, aimed at building bridges between countries, are also an integral part of the actions tackled by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as holder of the G20 Presidency in 2020. She namely pointed out the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises and striving to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation worldwide, as well as showing solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While reminding that “education is a right for all” and applauding the important work on human development accomplished by UNESCO through education, HH Princess Haifa Al Mogrin ended her speech with unifying and inspiring words: “Peace has to be built where it starts, in the minds of men and women.”
The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.
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