Helen Clark: Speech at the Nobel Museum Exhibition at the Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum FoundationMar 20, 2016
I thank the Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) for inviting me and our UNDP leaders from across the Arab States region here tonight. UNDP is pleased to have a strong partnership with the Foundation, and to have recently renewed its partnership around the Arab Knowledge Project for another five years.
Our partnership dates back to 2007 and was inspired by a shared vision on promoting knowledge for sustainable development in the Arab States region.
The fruit of our partnership, the Arab Knowledge Project, has established itself among the most significant references on knowledge and development in the region. To date, it has published three widely disseminated regional reports, building on field research and country case studies.
To mark the second phase of our partnership, last December, during the successful Knowledge Summit and in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, we launched together the first Arab Knowledge Index and the ‘Knowledge4All’ digital Portal.
The index and portal are state-of-the-art tools aimed at monitoring and advocating for knowledge-based development in the Arab States region. We believe these initiatives can make an important contribution to the advancement of the new development agenda – Agenda 2030 – and the Sustainable Development Goals in the region.
I also commend the Foundation for its dedication to support valuable exhibitions of global significance in the region – exemplified by its hosting of this Nobel Museum Exhibition for the next ten years. The exhibition aims to help young people understand the scientific contributions of Nobel Laureates and to highlight the role played by Arab scientific discovery and learning in earlier centuries.
The mounting of exhibitions like this one and the Foundation’s partnership with UNDP owe much to the vision and leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. That vision translated last year into the unique ‘Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ Foundation of which MBRF is part. This foundation now is considered to be the Arab region’s largest development foundation, with 1,400 development programmes and initiatives targeting 130 million people. It brings new hope for many, not least youth, and not only in this region, but also globally.
Let me close by thanking again the Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, its Board, and its staff, for their continuous efforts to bring knowledge to the forefront of the development agenda in the Arab States region.