MOFA and UNDP Sign a Project Document to Establish a Global Online Platform for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Jan 10, 2015

Dr. Yousef bin Terad Al Saadon, Deputy Minister for Economic and Cultural Affairs Dr. Ashok Nigam UNRC/UNDP RR signing the project document (Photo by: Laura Bashraheel)

Riyadh

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme signed a project document on Saturday 10th of January 2015 to establish an online platform that will enable citizens worldwide to contribute to projects aiming at achieving the post 2015 development goals.

The signing ceremony was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, members of the Youth Consultative Committee and in the presence of a number of young men and women who participated in Saudi-Indian Youth Dialogue Forum.

The project document was signed by His Excellency Dr. Yousef bin Terad Al Saadon, Deputy Minister for Economic and Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Ashok Nigam UN Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Resident Representative in Saudi Arabia. The Global On-line Platform is expected to be launched during the upcoming UN General Assembly meetings in September 2015 in NY, to coincide with the official launching of the Post-2015 Development Goals and to highlight the role of Saudi Arabia as a global development enabler.

In his opening statement, Dr. Ashok Nigam said: “youth are the real wealth and strength of any nation. Today, we stand witnesses to the results of how youth initiatives can create possibilities such as this global initiative. This initiative is evidence of how dialogue among youth of different nations, religions and cultures can bring about positive change for global development.  In this case it is providing opportunities for people to help people around the world through the setting up of this Post-2015 Development Platform.”

In his speech, Dr. Yousef Al Saadon said that the idea of the Saudi International Youth Dialogue Forums came as an embodiment to the Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s initiative for dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures, with and aim of developing and supporting bilateral economic, cultural, and political relations between the Kingdom and different countries, hoping to invest in the youth determination of the Saudi youth and enable them to create networks with their peers globally, and to utilize their role in reflecting a positive image about their country.

This project comes as a result of the ongoing cooperation between UNDP Country Office and the Ministry for promoting the Saudi International Youth Dialogue Forums, where different groups of Saudi youth get to engage in discussions with their peers from different countries under various themes such as renewable energy, slums management, preserving architectural identity, biodiversity protection, medical research, and e-education and smart cities through conducting different forums with various countries such as Germany, Brazil, India, Korea, China, Spain and Tanzania. The Saudi-Indian Youth Dialogue Forum covered the theme of “ICT for Development” where Saudi Youth interacted with related entities in India and conducted discussions with their Indian peers throughout their visit, with an aim of reaching creative solutions and making their voice heard around the world.

The document is one of the initiatives proposed by the Saudi youth who participated in the Saudi-Indian Youth Dialogue Forum to utilize ICT as a major tool for development and create an online platform, where average citizens can contribute to development goals through a trusted channel.

As the world moves forward on the post-2015 agenda and SDGs frameworks, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) successor regime, new leadership by Saudi Arabia and other strategic partners for global partnerships is a priority.

The project will help design and launch a new global funding mechanism to channel voluntary philanthropic and citizen contributions from people globally to UNDP projects in countries around the world in specific thematic areas of resonance to the post-2015 and SDG frameworks such as: poverty reduction and social inclusion, food-energy-water security, health, education and environmental sustainability. This will be undertaken through development of an innovative web-based crowd-sourcing platform through which philanthropists and citizens can provide online cash contributions to specific areas of assistance and projects as displayed on the web-based platform.

The project will entail an initial design phase supported through initial contribution of  USD 2 Million from the Saudi Government in which top global experts would be mobilized to help design and launch a new UNDP (owned and managed) global funding mechanism and web-based contribution platform. Subsequent phase two of project activities would be based on evaluations of results from this first phase, with a view to engaging a broader, more global base of contributions.

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The Saudi Indian Youth Forum is the fourth initiative promoting youth diplomacy that has been promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first three included China, Brazil and Germany (Photo Courtesy of MOFA)
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Mohammed Al Reefi, who participated in the Saudi International Youth Dialogue Forums, talking about the Global Online Platform for the Post 2015 Development Agenda at the signing ceremony (Photo by: Laura Bashraheel)
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Dr. Yousef Al Saadon giving his speech at the signing ceremony at MOFA (Photo by: Laura Bashraheel)
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Dr. Ashok Nigam UN Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Resident Representative in Saudi Arabia giving his speech during the signing ceremony at MOFA (Photo By: Laura Bashraheel)
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Sara'a Tajj, one of the youth who participated in the Saudi-Indian Youth Dialogue Forums, giving a presentation on the Global Online Platform for the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The document is one of the initiatives proposed by the Saudi youth who participated in the Saudi-Indian Youth Dialogue Forum, including Sara'a, to utilize ICT as a major tool for development and create an online platform, where average citizens can contribute to development goals through a trusted channel.
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His Excellency Dr. Yousef bin Terad Al Saadon, Deputy Minister for Economic and Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Ashok Nigam UN Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Resident Representative in Saudi Arabia signing the project document at MOFA (Photo By: Laura Bashraheel)
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MOFA and UNDP Sign a Project Document to Establish a Global Online Platform for the Post 2015 Development Agenda