Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global” partner with UNESCO to support youth empowerment, sustainable development and ‘green growth’ in Africa and Middle East
New partnership with UNESCO will mean investment in youth education and training, sustainability and peace.
25th November 2022, Paris, France: Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global”, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNESCO allocating USD 3 million to launch a strategic partnership focusing on youth empowerment, education and training, a culture of sustainable development and peace, as well as ‘green growth’, in the Middle East and Africa.
This announcement is just the start of a long-term investment in the three overarching priorities. The partnership includes two pilot projects in the Middle East and Africa region, which will be scaled up to additional geographies – building on the foundation’s previous work on improving outcomes for young people and vulnerable communities. Building a more resilient and equal world will require investment at an unprecedented speed and scale, especially in relation to sustainability and youth empowerment, and Alwaleed Philanthropies Global will play an active role in delivering progress.
The launch event for the new partnership took place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Monday, 25th November and was attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies Global, Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, and Abeer Al Fouti, Executive Manager for Global Initiatives at Alwaleed Philanthropies Global.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to build national, regional and international partnerships to meet the challenges of our times, from youth empowerment and training to climate change and sustainable development. This partnership with UNESCO marks the next stage in our work to forge a sustainable future for the Middle East and Africa, bringing new investment and opportunities to enable a more prosperous future,” said HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud.
“The support of Alwaleed Philanthropies to UNESCO will enable new concrete projects in Argentina, Morocco and Tanzania in favor of vocational training and local culture-related employment, in particular for young people and women. This is a new step in our cooperation for sustainable development and I thank the foundation for its commitment." said Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.
About Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global”
Over four decades, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and spent more than 4.4 billion dollars on social welfare and initiated more than 1000 projects in over +189 countries, managed by 10 Saudi female members, reaching more than 1 billion beneficiaries around the world, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and nongovernmental to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief, and create cultural understanding through education. It seeks to build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.