The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, honored the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) in Geneva for its outstanding Security Awareness project that was among the most-voted entries in Information Security and Confidence-Building category.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs received the Technical Excellence Award among the top five most-voted winners in the category of Information Security and Confidence Building category..

Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, Dr. Essam Al-Wakit- who led the Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation- said that winning such an international award confirms the successful plans and path taken by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the development of services in its various ministries, in line with the Kingdom's #2030_Vision and move towards digitization.

Al-Wakit added that such an award reaffirms the Kingdom's achievements in the field of communications and information technology, reflects the Government's unlimited support as well as the ambitious goals we- at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs- strive to achieve under the continuous supervision of H.E. the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubair.

He pointed out that, over the past years, Saudi Arabia's role in the global telecommunications sector has increased significantly, thus strengthening the Kingdom's leading position in this field. Saudi Arabia has become a strategic and pivotal partner in the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS).

The Ministry received the Technical Excellence Award after winning a global competition for the best applications in the field of communications and information technology, which involved more than 1.1 million votes and 467 projects from around the world..

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)- a two-phase United Nations (UN) summit- is a competition organized by ITU in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 18 categories. It aims to select the best applications and projects that utilize information technology for the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes and Sustainable Development Goals.​​