New York 23 Safar 1442 AH corresponding to October 10, 2020 AD SPA
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affirmed its commitment to achieving the goals of sustainable development 2030, and achieving effective digital transformation, which is one of the main pillars of achieving the Kingdom’s vision 2030.
This came in the Kingdom’s speech during the general debate on Friday, for the item “Economic and Environmental Issues: Harnessing Science and Technology for Development Purposes”, within the work of the Second Economic and Financial Committee during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which was delivered by the Third Secretary within the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to the United Nations, Reem Fahad Al-Omair’s daughter.
Al-Omair explained that the digital transformation program aims to build a digital society and create digital platforms to enrich effective community interaction and participation in a way that contributes to improving industry development, improving competitiveness and positive impact on the economic situation, generating jobs, providing better services to beneficiaries, and creating a digital nation by attracting Local and global investments and partnerships in the fields of technology and innovation.
She said: The Kingdom pays great attention to the field of communications and information technology, as digital technology has become an essential tool in our societies, and a means on which many people depend in their daily lives, pointing out the qualitative leaps that the communications and information technology sector in the Kingdom has witnessed over the past years. On the level of digital infrastructure, digital capacity development, and mega digital projects.
Al-Omair added: The world today is undergoing qualitative transformations in the areas of the digital revolution, so the relevant authorities in the Kingdom, including the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, have worked on various projects to spread digital knowledge, enhance technical content, and activate the role of specialized technical societies in all that is new in the field of technology to achieve Sustainable development, as the Ministry has launched many projects, including the Digital Giving Initiative, which aims to spread digital awareness and digital literacy by building a voluntary community of trainers and volunteers for the digital knowledge industry, and its participation with various groups of society through training activities and programs, and the technical thinking initiative that aims to Spreading awareness of the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to achieve sustainable development and build a dynamic and effective digital society.
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The Kingdom also established the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, believing in the importance of the digital field, while the authority recently adopted five national data governance policies, including the data classification policy that aims to protect national data and its confidentiality, and the personal data protection policy that regulates the collection, processing and sharing of personal data. In order to ensure the preservation of the privacy of the owners of this data and the protection of their rights, as well as the preservation of the digital national sovereignty over this data, the data sharing policy that aims to enhance data sharing to achieve integration between government agencies, and the freedom of information policy that aims to regulate the exercise of the right to access the beneficiaries to public information From government agencies, and an open data policy that enables data to be made available to all beneficiaries, including entrepreneurs, researchers, academics and other interested people – according to what was stated in the Kingdom’s speech within the work of the Second United Nations Economic and Financial Committee.
Al-Omair continued, saying that in light of the difficult conditions that the world is witnessing today due to the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, the world has tended to rely heavily on digital technology in various fields such as education, business, health, jobs and others, noting that the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of work. On developing technical means and areas of digital technology, and facing the obstacles and challenges facing digital transformation.
The permanent delegation of the Kingdom to the United Nations confirmed that the Kingdom is making efforts to reduce the increase in security risks from some uses of the Internet, as it gives great importance to issues of information security and cybersecurity, in addition to that the National Authority for Cybersecurity in the Kingdom is working to create a safe cyberspace. Through several plans to ensure protection, support integrated cybersecurity governance, effective risk management at the national level, strengthen partnerships and cooperation in security and develop building a cybersecurity industry.
The Kingdom affirmed its commitment to protect children from the dangers of the Internet, and to provide tools and means that enable children to use it safely and effectively.
She explained that through the establishment of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Thought (Etidal), the Kingdom was able to join efforts to combat extremism and terrorist ideology in the virtual world, to complement the strict measures taken by the Kingdom to combat terrorism in the real and virtual world, as the center monitors the digital activities of terrorist groups. To fight them intellectually, in the media and on digital, in addition to undertaking prevention, awareness and partnership with bodies, institutions and individuals, to contribute to warning society and immunizing its members from falling into extremism.
The permanent delegation of the Kingdom concluded the speech, stressing the importance of taking the necessary measures and procedures for the sake of digital cooperation by harnessing information and technology technology to support and achieve the goals of sustainable development, cooperation in combating risks resulting from wrong digital practices, strengthening international cooperation, and making awareness efforts and education about safe use. For technology, reporting information security crimes and trying to address them.
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