JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has made great strides toward meeting its commitments to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Kingdom’s UN envoy said.
“These efforts focus on strengthening cooperation between the relevant government agencies and civil society institutions, out of its full belief that the involvement of society in all its spectrums is the basis for achieving the coveted goals, progress in protecting and promoting human rights equally,” Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said.
This came during the Kingdom’s speech at the meeting on eliminating racism, xenophobia and discrimination for all in the decade of action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2021 that took place virtually.
Al-Mouallimi expressed his thanks to Pakistan’s permanent delegation to the UN and the UN Economic and Social Council for organizing the meeting.
“Saudi Arabia has put in place many legal and institutional frameworks and adopted operational measures and actions, in various areas related to human rights, including judiciary, criminal justice, promoting integrity, fighting against corruption, combating racial discrimination, the rights of women, children, people with special needs, elderly and migrant workers, and strengthening regional and international cooperation in the field of human rights,” he added.
The Kingdom, together with a number of friendly countries, had submitted two important resolutions discussing these issues, namely “promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites,” and “International Day of Human Fraternity.”
Al-Mouallimi also said that the Kingdom recognizes that the difference between nations and peoples in beliefs and cultures is a privilege that distinguishes human beings and societies.
“What makes us coexist and accept our differences are the bonds of human brotherhood, which encourage us to promote a culture of tolerance, acceptance and lay the bridges of peace and fraternity.”