Al-Desouki: The Kingdom has allocated 30% to support the International Alliance to promote technical innovation

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today participated in the ministerial session of the United Nations Seventh Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) held in New York, which aims to innovate technical solutions to address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and promoting sustainable development.

The Kingdom was represented in the forum by His Excellency the President of the City of Science and Technology of King Abdulaziz, who oversaw the founding group of the Authority for Research, Development and Innovation, Dr Munir bin Mahmoud Al-Desouki.

Dr. El-Desouki stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made great strides to harness science, technology and innovation, achieve sustainable development goals and a sustainable recovery from the Corona virus outbreak, through its contribution of half a billion dollars to support efforts to combat the epidemic globally, as well as its development and deployment of effective digital tools and platforms that ensure the continuation of government operations during and after the pandemic.

His Excellency indicated that the Kingdom has established a higher committee and a body specializing in research, development and innovation development to accelerate the Kingdom’s transformation towards an innovation-based economy and to strengthen the role of the private sector in solving challenges. development.

He explained that the Kingdom has launched many important initiatives to support research, development and innovation in the sectors of the digital economy, circular carbon and health, and has also launched the city project “The Line” in NEOM as a modern model for the cities of the future based on modern technologies e in which carbon emissions are 100%, as the city will be characterized by interconnected cognitive communities powered by artificial intelligence for over 170 km in a noise-free, vehicle-free and congestion-free environment.

His Excellency referred to the Kingdom’s launch of the Green Saudi Initiative and the Green Middle East Initiative, which will chart the direction of the Kingdom and the region in protecting the land and nature and will place it in a road map with clear and ambitious points of reference and the will to contribute strongly to the achievement of global goals, by planting more than 50 billion trees, to displace 130 million tons of carbon emissions.