May 29, 2024

Students during one of Mawhiba’s training sessions. (SPA)

Moon Desk: The Executive Board of UNESCO recently approved a six-year official partnership with the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) to enhance cooperation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Both organizations will aim to boost their efforts in empowering youth on a global scale, playing a key role in promoting sustainable development.

Mawhiba Secretary-General Amal Al-Hazzaa said the partnership reflected the foundation’s leading role in discovering talents and empowering students in STEM locally, regionally, and internationally.

She noted that was based on the foundation’s duty to raise an empowered and innovative generation capable of making a comprehensive change in the global reality, finding solutions to various challenges, and contributing to the sustainable development and prosperity of humanity.

Al-Hazzaa added that the foundation was actively developing a series of programs that would soon pave the way for increased collaboration with UNESCO.

She pointed out that the programs would bolster Mawhiba’s international reputation and underscore Saudi Arabia’s commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations.

Mawhiba’s work aligns with UNESCO’s strategy, which seeks to promote equitable, high-quality education, lifelong learning, and capacity building in STEM fields to support sustainable development.

Mawhiba and UNESCO have recently organized seminars and workshops on subjects such as climate change and entrepreneurship in STEM.

Earlier, the third Global Cybersecurity Forum will kick off on Tuesday in Riyadh under the theme “Charting Shared Priorities in Cyberspace,” Saudi Press Agency reported.

Hosted by the National Cybersecurity Authority and the Saudi Information Technology Co., this year’s forum promises to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in the realm of cyberspace.

Participants will delve into the repercussions of these challenges across various sectors, with a special emphasis on supply chains and the rapidly evolving landscape of smart cities.

The GCF also aims to encourage multi-stakeholder collaboration on an international scale, gathering industry experts, decision makers, CEOs, senior government and academic representatives  as well as international companies from over 120 countries.

It will launch several initiatives and projects which aim to boost international cooperation, as well as enable socioeconomic development in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the globe.

Discussions on the agenda will focus on five strategic topics related to cybersecurity: cyberspace amidst polycrisis, unlocking cyber growth, cyber divides, exploring cyber minds and emerging cyber horizons.

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