Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Inside KSA: Princess Reem named UN goodwill ambassador
Princess Reem Bint Mansour Al-Saud was named a UN goodwill ambassador, the first Saudi princess to receive the honor, for her humanitarian work.
Princess Reem holds an M.Sc. in social policy and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern studies from Oxford University. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government working on enhancing Saudi labor policies, especially those pertaining to women.
She was named as a UN goodwill ambassador at an award ceremony held at the Conrad Hotel in Cairo.
Afaf Abdullah Yamani, the official Saudi representative to the Friends of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), was present at the award ceremony and delivered the acceptance speech on Princess Reem’s behalf.
In the speech, the princess said her priority would always be her country and that her newly earned title would aid her in breaking new ground in Saudi society.
Thanking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Friends of WFUNA for the honour, she said she had always had a strong interest in the role of Saudi women in the Islamic world and that the UN title would enable her to contribute more to the world’s social and humanitarian issues.
The Princess also thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the efforts he has put into humanitarian and women’s issues in Saudi Arabia.