NAIROBI: The UN Human Settlements Programme, known as UN-Habitat, commemorated four years of cooperation with Princess Lamia bint Majed Al-Saud on Thursday.
It came at a discussion on advancing sustainable urbanization regionally, and on successful resource mobilization.
Earlier this year the UN-Habitat celebrated the reappointment of the princess as its goodwill ambassador for the Arab region for a second term.
The ceremony took place during the second session of the UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, where the princess participated in a side event discussing peace, development and humanitarian action in Yemen. The princess also engaged in a number of bilateral meetings, discussing future areas of cooperation.
“Being here today with our partner UN-Habitat will support our efforts to address issues around urbanization and its implications on societies, economies and environments,” the princess said. “We promise to continue building bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant and accepting future along with our key partners.”
The princess has supported UN-Habitat achieve a number of milestones, specifically through advocating for key urban areas through attending high-level events and highlighting key topics relevant to urbanization. She aims to mobilize resources and has supported important projects in the region, spanning Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Tunisia.
Princess Lamia “has successfully contributed to the resource mobilization and support, through AlWaleed Philanthropies, of crucial projects in the region, targeting COVID-19 response, housing for the most vulnerable groups and waste management,” Rania Hedeya, UN-Habitat regional representative for the Arab Region, said. “Her support enables UN-Habitat to reach various audiences and bring attention to urbanization topics in the regional and international agendas.”
The UN Habitat Assembly is the UN’s highest-level legislative body on sustainable urbanization and human settlements, comprised of 193 member states. The assembly convenes every four years by UN-Habitat and provides a platform for member states and stakeholders to share their views and adopt guidelines and recommendations to progress toward achieving sustainable urban development.