FaceOf: Princess Reem bint Mansour Al-Saud, member of Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the UN

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Time: October 13, 2018   

Princess Reem bint Mansour Al-Saud is a member of the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to the UN in New York. She was named a UN goodwill ambassador in August 2015, and is the first Saudi princess to receive the honor.

During a recent UN session, she affirmed that the Kingdom is experiencing a rapidly growing urbanization due to demographic, social and economic growth in the country that resulted in an increase in the number of cities to reach 285.

Princess Reem explained that the Kingdom has successfully coped with the urban challenges resulting from the rapid urban growth and built its strategy in line with its Vision 2030 for sustainable development.

She pointed out the Kingdom’s cooperation with the UN’s program on human settlements in the implementation of a set of programs at domestic level to support the new urban plan, the most important of which is the future program of Saudi cities, which aims to provide a better urban environment in 17 Saudi cities according to the standards of welfare and prosperity of cities.

Princess Reem holds a master’s degree in social policy and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern studies both from Oxford University.

She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to work on enhancing Saudi labor policies, especially those concerned with women.

Earlier, Princess Reem said the UN title would enable her to contribute more to the world’s social and humanitarian issues.

This article was first published in Arab News

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