UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Nikhil Seth highlighted the importance of the Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development; in promoting and supporting pioneering projects that contribute to sustainable development in the least developed countries.
During his speech at the ceremony that was held virtually on Wednesday; Seth congratulated the winners of the prize, saying that it is a prestigious award.
He said the international community remains grateful to the late Prince Talal for his pioneering development and humanitarian programs; which continue to support the disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized groups of our society.
Seth expressed his gratitude saying; "UNITAR is also grateful for its continuing partnership with the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND); in bringing economic empowerment to marginalized communities, especially women."
"Over the past 3 years, UNITAR's partnership with AGFUND delivered a dozen of initiatives; for the benefit of hundreds of beneficiaries from over 108 countries globally," he also added.
Lauding the efforts of the joint initiative, Seth said; "Despite the pandemic, AGFUND and the Prize Committee dedication to supporting impactful projects that contribute to sustainable development in the least developed countries remains strong" he said.
Seth also added: "The next phase of our partnership is to democratize education; by providing accredited and affordable degree programs on financial inclusion from academic institutions globally."