The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) has awarded its Outstanding Donor Award for the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People (SHSPPP) to the late Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz in recognition of his “for his remarkable support to the needy people of Palestine since 2007.”
At a ceremony in New York, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in the presence of UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos, presented the award to Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, on behalf of the late Crown Prince Nayef.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praising the late Crown Prince’s humanitarian work around the world and hailed the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People and the Campaign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the Relief of the Palestinian People in Gaza for their efforts.
The Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the U.N. Riyad Mansour expressed his country’s thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom for its continued support.
In a statement issued following the ceremony, Chairman of the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People, Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, said that the award reflects international appreciation for the pioneering humanitarian efforts of Prince Nayef and his role in strengthening cooperation between the Kingdom and UN organizations. He noted that Prince Nayef is the first individual to be granted this prestigious award.
UN-Habitat is mandated to work in Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2003, when its Governing Council created the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People and the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund (GC 19/18).