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Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed November 24 as World Conjoined Twins Day, thanks to an initiative made by Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with the nucleus group composed of Bahrain, Morocco, Qatar, and Yemen.

The commemorative day aims to raise awareness about conjoined twins from a humanitarian perspective and to celebrate the remarkable achievements in the field of conjoined-twin separation surgeries.

Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, delivered a speech at the UNGA, while presenting the draft resolution about the designation for adoption.

Al-Wasil highlighted that the resolution aims to increase awareness about conjoined twins at various stages of their lives.

He emphasized that the international community, through the Sustainable Development Goals, committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all individuals, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Al-Wasil noted that this commitment underscores the need for fostering international and regional cooperation to ensure conjoined twins’ well-being and access to the highest quality healthcare, while promoting their human rights.

Al-Wasil highlighted human health as a priority for the Kingdom, showcasing its leading role regarding conjoined-twin separation. The Saudi envoy expressed gratitude to the representatives of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for their support throughout the drafting and negotiation phases of this resolution.

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