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Saudi Delegation Led by Minister of Culture Attends UNESCO's 42nd General Conference

Saudi Delegation Led by Minister of Culture Attends UNESCO's 42nd General Conference

Paris, November 8, 2023 — The Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Culture, and Science, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, is heading Saudi Arabia's delegation to the 42nd session of the General Conference of UNESCO, taking place in Paris from November 7 to November 22.

The Saudi delegation comprises representatives from various government bodies, including the Ministries of Culture and Education, the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, and other national authorities. Their presence underscores Saudi Arabia's strong commitment to advancing education, science, and culture on the global stage.

In his address at the conference, Prince Badr reviewed the accomplishments made by the Kingdom in collaboration with UNESCO over the past two years. These achievements reflect the significant progress in the fields of education, science, and culture that Saudi Arabia has been spearheading.

Minister of Education and Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Culture, and Science, Yousef Al-Benyan, is set to deliver a speech at the ministerial session dedicated to the revision of UNESCO's 1974 Draft Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Cooperation, and Peace, as well as Education related to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. This commitment to revising and enhancing international education standards underscores the Kingdom's dedication to promoting peace, cooperation, and human rights on a global scale.

The Saudi delegation is actively participating in various meetings and committees addressing crucial areas such as culture, education, science, communication, information, and program external relations. Discussions will also encompass vital topics, including the budget for UNESCO in 2024 and 2025, and the Human Resources Strategy for UNESCO during the period 2023-2027.

Notably, several Saudi entities are showcasing the Kingdom's achievements in alignment with the ambitious goals of Saudi Vision 2030. Among these entities, the Royal Commission for AlUla has set up a pavilion to highlight its partnership with UNESCO in preserving heritage, promoting education, capacity building, environmental initiatives, and creative arts. The Ministry of Culture is actively participating in the Partners' Forum, organized by UNESCO on the sidelines of the General Conference, to showcase the six collaborative projects launched in partnership with UNESCO through the Saudi Cultural Development Fund.

As the 42nd session of UNESCO's General Conference continues, Saudi Arabia's participation stands as a testament to its dedication to fostering global cooperation in the realms of education, culture, and science, with a focus on advancing international understanding and promoting peace and human rights. The Kingdom's presence and active engagement reflect its commitment to being a global contributor to these critical areas of development and progress.



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