The Director-General of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation, Mr Salih Alkholaifi, signed the operational projects agreement aimed at strengthening the use of the Arabic language in UNESCO, in the presence of the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Mr Ibrahim Albalawi, and the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO, Ms Nada Al-Nashif, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 9 October 2017.
This signature launches the implementation phase of the Strategic partnership framework agreement concluded between UNESCO and the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation last December - a very welcome step in upscaling the efforts to promote linguistic diversity, multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue.
On this occasion, Nada Al-Nashif welcomed the spirit of this strategic partnership, which will significantly contribute to strengthening the use of Arabic language and knowledge through a range of agreed-upon activities in UNESCO’s fields of competence.
Mr Alkholaifi reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to reinforcing efforts to enhance the use of the Arabic language in UNESCO. He further indicated that the Sultan Bin Abdelaziz Al Saud’s Programme for the strengthening of the Arabic Language represents one of the most important programmes of the Foundation in this field. He underlined the Foundation’s contribution to the dissemination of Arabic culture in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. He hoped that the implementation of this programme would be a multiplier - quantitatively and qualitatively - for the development and broadening of the presence of Arabic culture globally - through UNESCO and its international outreach.