In a resounding endorsement of Saudi Arabia's unwavering commitment to global education, science, and cultural development, Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Kingdom's re-election to the UNESCO Executive Board. The announcement comes as a recognition of member states' trust in Saudi Arabia's impactful contributions to the realms of education, culture, and science.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah expressed his gratitude for the trust placed in Saudi Arabia by member states, emphasizing that the re-election is a testament to the Kingdom's dedicated support for achieving sustainable development goals and fostering prosperity through education, culture, and science initiatives.
The re-election, secured during the 42nd session of the UNESCO General Conference, grants Saudi Arabia a consecutive term on the Executive Board for the years 2023-2027. In this capacity, the Kingdom pledges to actively participate in enhancing international cooperation, realizing UNESCO's strategic objectives, and maintaining its vital role within the organization, all while collaborating closely with fellow member states.
Highlighting Saudi Arabia's historical connection with UNESCO as one of its founding members in 1946, Prince Badr bin Abdullah underscored the Kingdom's enduring commitment to supporting education, culture, and science sectors globally. This commitment, he noted, is driven by the visionary directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.
Additionally, Prince Badr bin Abdullah shed light on the Saudi Cultural Development Fund, a key initiative through which the Kingdom has launched six pioneering projects. These projects aim to safeguard and positively impact cultural heritage on a global scale, further solidifying Saudi Arabia's role as a champion for the preservation and promotion of cultural diversity.
As Saudi Arabia prepares to embark on its second consecutive term on the UNESCO Executive Board, the nation remains steadfast in its dedication to advancing the objectives of UNESCO and fostering international collaboration in the realms of education, science, and culture. The re-election is not just a recognition of past contributions but a commitment to shaping a future where these fundamental pillars drive sustainable development and global prosperity.