New York, 24 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Farhan met with Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres on Saturday.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly. In the meeting, the two dignitaries discussed the latest international developments and efforts for enhancing international peace and security.

In addition, they reviewed the aspects of cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Nations.

The UN Secretary-General expressed his gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s efforts to achieve a truce between the parties in Yemen crisis. He appreciated the Kingdom’s continuous efforts to reach a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.

Moreover, the meeting was attended by the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, and the Director-General of the Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs office, Abdulrahman Al-Daoud.

The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia is in New York to attend the high-level debates week of the 77th Session of the UNGA, which commenced on 20 September and will last till 26th September.

Along with the session, he is also having sidelines interactions with the Foreign Ministers of other countries as well as chaired the ministerial meetings of GCC countries.

Saudi Arabia-UN ties

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joined the United Nations as a Founding Member on 26 June 1945.  Since then, KSA has been a major contributor to the UN’s Development Assistance since the 1950s.

The partnership between Saudi Arabia and the UN is outlined through a five-year agreement, the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), which is rooted in the Reform of the UN development system.

Recently, the two parties in June signed UNSDCF 2022-2026 which aims to strengthen the partnership between the KSA and the UN in implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country under the UN 2030 Agenda.

There are currently 23 UN Agencies, Funds, and Programs that are working with Saudi Arabia, including regional offices.