Geneva, SPA :
Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, President of the Human Rights Commission, stressed importance of integrating human rights within goals of sustainable development programs, including challenges of eradicating poverty and hunger, providing good health care and education as well as expansion of employment and innovation.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council during a panel discussion of 2030/2020 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Human Rights, Al-Aiban said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia adopted a comprehensive development approach that achieves welfare of citizens and expatriates.
He added that those plans have strengthened the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to realize challenges faced by the developing countries and to support these countries in achieving development.
"During the past four decades, the development aid reached about $120 billion. During the period from 2005 to 2014, the Saudi aid amounted to $ 44 billion representing 1.9% of GDP in 2014 as the fourth largest donor," Al-Aiban said.
The president of the Human Rights Commission said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued a number of institutional reforms in order to improve government's performance and strengthening the role of the private sector and civil society in achieving goals of the sustainable development.
Al-Aiban stressed that the Kingdom has welcomed outcomes of the World Millennium Summit of the post-2015 regarding sustainable development plan for 2030.
"Continuation of the peoples' suffering under occupation, armed conflict or civil war is one of the biggest obstacles facing efforts to achieve sustainable development for these peoples. This matter requires international community's continuing commitment to remove all obstacles," he concluded.