Generation Unlimited: Inspiring Young People around the World

Written By: 
Princess Lamia Bint Majed AlSaud
Date: 
15/07/2019

As Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, I am honored to have been appointed as a champion of Generation Unlimited, the global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens.

 

Launched in 2018, Generation Unlimited is a partnership hosted by UNICEF to connect secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering young people to thrive in the world of work. As part of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth 2030 Strategy our aim is to ensure that every person aged 10 – 24 is in school, learning, training or employment by 2030.

 

As the first Middle Eastern and non-government champion, I will act as a connector between the private and government sectors, helping to ensure the development of quality education and training programmes that empower all young people, including those living in underrepresented regions.

 

I will also draw upon my experience of leading successful youth programmes, such as Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Ambassador of Peaceful Dialogue scheme. For the past two years, it has sponsored 200 students take part in a cultural dialogue and language program at one of our six academic centers across the world. We are also working closely with the World Scout Foundation on the ‘Scouts for SDGs’ mobilization, which will see us enable Scouts across the world to play their part in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

 

I’m now very excited to be part of this wonderful initiative and to share this challenge with my follow Generation Unlimited Champions from across the world. They include Nikolai Astrup, the Norwegian Minister of Digitalization, Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank and Ms Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

 

But what I am most looking forward to is working with the inspirational young people, who are driving change here on the ground at home and abroad. Especially today, on World Youth Skills Day, we must recognize the rising generation of young women and men across the world who are providing the answers to the biggest challenges defining our future.

 

From the global economy to the environment and society, they are creating the solutions. Our job is to provide them with the right tools, education and support to own unlock their own potential and drive social and economic progress across every region in the world.