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The most engaged version of Saudi Arabia

Hand in hand with the international community, we strive to fulfill both UNESCO’s mandate as well as implementing our ambitious Vision 2030, mindful of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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An introduction to noteworthy networks and initiatives.

From ministries to startups and movers and shakers, discover noteworthy projects in order to understand the direction in which Saudi Arabia’s youthful society is headed.

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About the Delegation

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Learn more about work by the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO on promoting Education, Culture, and the Sciences, hand in hand with UNESCO and Saudi partner entities.

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Over a dozen elements inscribed as world heritage, and growing

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KSA's Permanent Delegate to Unesco

HH Princess Haifa Al Mogrin

It’s all about engagement. Every day, we’re learning more about how we can work with our peers, to better achieve UNESCO’s mandate.”

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May 15, 2023 Delegation's Activity

Speech by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the 216th Executive Board of UNESCO Paris - May 15, 2023

  Madam Chairperson of the Executive Board Mr. President of the General Conference Ms. Director-General of UNESCO Your Highnesses, Excellencies, Permanent Delegates of Member States and Observers Ladies and Gentlemen May the peace, blessings, and mercy of God be upon you First of all, I would like to announce the supporting of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the statement of the Arab Group, which will be delivered by the sisterly state of Kuwait. Ladies and Gentlemen The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains an active member of UNESCO's activities, and the organization's mission is to lay the foundations for peace. The Kingdom is an ever-active member in deepening international cooperation among member states. We believe in the importance of strengthening solidarity for peace and achieving the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which are in line with the objectives of our Kingdom’s ambitious plan: Saudi Vision 2030. And after reviewing the Program Implementation Report, we would like to express our gratitude to the organization's secretariat for their efforts to develop a clearer and more transparent format for the report. This format enables member states to monitor the organization's achievements, challenges faced in the past year and facilitates ongoing work on the report to ensure greater inclusivity and precision, thus enabling the appropriate decision-making by Member States. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses its gratitude to the organization for its interest in the draft resolution submitted by the Kingdom and the sisterly State of Kuwait in the 215th Executive Board. The resolution aims to establish a global framework for open science in response to pandemics. Its objective is to create a flexible global system for capacity development and knowledge transfer. This will enable the countries with the greatest need for such a system to attain self-sufficiency in accessing information, ensuring their resilience in the face of any future pandemic. - God forbid. Honorable guests The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports the strategy of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and looks forward to its effective and practical implementation. We reaffirm the importance of cooperation and collective action in serving the sustainable development of these countries. We also refer to the organization’s strategy of human resources management and express our anticipation for achieving a balanced geographical distribution of employment within UNESCO. This approach will contribute to the desired human development for citizens of Member States, aligning with the organization's mandate. It will also foster greater harmony in the organization’s work and among its personnel, while achieving the cultural diversity necessary for UNESCO to serve as an exemplary model in translating ambition into action. In that same context, we would like to emphasize the importance of further capitalizing on the Junior Professional Officers Program (JPO). This includes encouraging the participation of experts from their respective countries and urging their employment within the organization. By leveraging their qualification, we can achieve greater investment returns in the organization's interest and the fulfillment of its mandate. On the heels of the successful World Conference on Cultural Policies (Mondiacult) held in the United Mexican States last year, we recognize the significance of incorporating the cultural dimension into the formulation of the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development beyond 2030. Within this framework, we affirm the Kingdom's commitment to preserving culture in its post-2030 development plan. We also take pride in the Kingdom's pioneering role as the first country to advocate for the inclusion of the cultural dimension in the agenda of the G20 Summit and to recognize UNESCO as a stakeholder. During its presidency of the G20 Summit in 2020, at the inaugural joint meeting of the G20 Ministers of Culture, we commend the countries leading the Group: the Italian Republic, the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of India. We appreciate their dedication to this significant dimension and for incorporating it into the agendas of their respective G20 Summit Presidencies. Ladies and Gentlemen The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been committed to promoting sports values, ethics and integrity. Within these efforts, the Kingdom strives to implement these values in the field of sports and advance sports integrity on a global scale. In February of this year, the Saudi capital Riyadh hosted the Global Ministerial Conference on Sports Ethics, Values, and Integrity 2023, marking it as the world’s inaugural conference of its kind. The conference aimed to contribute to the enhancement of integrity, sports values, and honest competition across sports-related domains, aligning with the Kingdom's objectives that are in line with UNESCO's goals in this area. Within the framework of the ongoing cooperation between the Kingdom and UNESCO, we have recently witnessed the release of a joint newsletter. This newsletter stands as one of the outcomes of the productive partnership between the Royal Commission for AlUla and UNESCO. The objective of this partnership is to preserve and promote awareness of the documentary heritage in AlUla, while harnessing its potential as a valuable resource for intercultural dialogue and global citizenship education. This initiative falls under the auspices of the UNESCO Memory of the World program. Finally, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia eagerly anticipates hosting the upcoming session of the World Heritage Committee in September. We extend a warm welcome to all Permanent Delegations of Member States to visit Riyadh. Welcome to Saudi Arabia! Thank you for listening - and may God's peace, mercy and blessings be upon you  
May 15, 2023 Delegation's Activity

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Participates in the Proceedings of the 216th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board

The Kingdom, represented by the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO, is participating in the proceedings of the 216th session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The inaugural sessions of this event, which are held at the Organization's headquarters in the French capital, Paris, commenced today and will continue until the 24th of this month.   The Kingdom is represented in the proceedings of the 216th session of the UNESCO Executive Board by Her Highness Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al Mogrin, the Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO, the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, the Chairperson of the Program and External Relations Committee emanating from the Executive Board, in cooperation with the Saudi National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.     Her Highness delivered the Kingdom's speech at the opening session of the Board's proceedings, where she affirmed that the Kingdom is an active member in UNESCO's activities and the Organization's mission in establishing the foundations of peace. She emphasized the Kingdom's efforts in deepening international cooperation between the 193 member states of the Organization and contributing to achieving the goals of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which are aligned with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030. The Permanent Delegate also thanked the Organization for its interest in the draft resolution presented by the Kingdom and the State of Kuwait during the proceedings of the 215th session of the Executive Board. Her Highness pointed out that this resolution project aims to create a flexible global system for capacity building and knowledge transfer, which will enable the neediest countries to achieve self-sufficiency in accessing information to confront any future pandemic. This project aims to establish a global framework for open science in the face of pandemics. Her Highness indicated the Kingdom's support for the Small Island Developing States strategy, affirming that the Kingdom looks forward to effective and practical implementation of the strategy and to collective work that can serve the sustainable development of these states. HH Princess Haifa additionally highlighted the success of the World Conference on Cultural Policies (Mondiacult), held in the United Mexican States last year. She pointed out the importance of including the cultural dimension in formulating the United Nations' post-2030 sustainable development agenda. She confirmed the Kingdom's determination to sustain culture in its development plan after Saudi Vision 2030. She also expressed her pride in the Kingdom's role as the first country to initiate the inclusion of a cultural dimension in the G20 Summit agenda and that of UNESCO as a stakeholder in the first joint meeting of G20 Culture Ministers during its presidency of the 2020 G20 Summit. The Permanent Delegate emphasized the depth of the relationship between the Kingdom and UNESCO, referring to Saudi Arabia's hosting of the Global Ministerial Conference on Values, Ethics, and Sports Integrity 2023 in February of this year. Her Highness referred to the partnership between the Royal Commission for AlUla and UNESCO, which includes preserving documentary heritage in AlUla while raising awareness on the site and activating its potential as a resource for dialogue between cultures and teaching global citizenship. Her Highness concluded her speech by expressing the Kingdom's aspiration to host the World Heritage Committee in the Saudi capital Riyadh in September, the first in-person meeting of this committee in the last four years, which will allow for discussions on the registration of heritage sites of great importance on a global level. The Kingdom's strategic position in the Organization is reflected by its membership in three central entities in UNESCO: the Executive Board, which includes 58 member states; the World Heritage Committee, and the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.    
June 29, 2022 Delegation's Activity

Transforming Education Pre-Summit

Convening over 140 Education Ministers, the Transforming Education Pre-Summit in June was vital for the global UNESCO community to convene and reconnect, after a somewhat tumultuous time for the sector, as it paves the way forward in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no.4, “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all,” on which United Nations-level efforts are being led by UNESCO. The Saudi Education Minister H.E. Dr. Hamad M.H. Al Sheikh addressed the Summit illustrating the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure equitable access to quality learning opportunities for all students in Saudi Arabia. The Transforming Education Pre-Summit was also an opportunity for bilateral meetings between the Kingdom and each of Member States Uzbekistan and Turkey on the importance of supporting the youth in order to tackle current and future challenges.