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H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Former President of the Sixty-Sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly and UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background.


From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Al-Nasser served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations. During this period, he played leading roles as Chairman of the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee (2009 to 2010) and as President of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation (2007 to 2009). He also chaired the Group of 77 and China at the United Nations in New York (2004). He was elected 66th President of the United Nations General Assembly (2011-2012).


Mr. Al-Nasser also represented his country on the United Nations Security Council during the two-year term of Qatar as a non-permanent member (2006 to 2007). He was Security Council President for the month of December 2006.


The recipient of numerous decorations and awards, Mr. Al-Nasser was made an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association in New York in 2009. He also holds three honorary doctorates, in international affairs from the government of China through Chongqing University, from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in recognition of his efforts to foster cross-cultural understanding and strengthen the work of the UN Alliance of Civilizations initiative. A wide range of countries have conferred on him their national awards, including the Medal of Independence of the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Grand Officer, Order of Merit (Italy); Medal of Grand Commander of the Order of Makarios III (Cyprus); National Order of Doctor José Matias Delgado (El Salvador); and Commander of the National Order of the Republic (Côte d’Ivoire).


ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?


The perspective of the High Representative will enhance how the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) can promote positive economic development through its various programmes on youth, education, media, and migration – the “Four Pillars” of UNAOC.


LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?


UNAOC’s activities are conducted from the United Nations Headquarters in New York to other regions worldwide.


IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?


The impact is being measured through the results achieved by youth educated and trained through UNAOC’s programmes. To date, UNAOC brings young people from across the world, to address global challenges in the context of cultural and religious diversity. Since the first edition of UNAOC-EF Summer School, almost 500 youth representing 119 countries participated. UNAOC provides mentoring and financial support to young entrepreneurs from the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Up to now, 60 young entrepreneurs coming from 23 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea took part in the initiative. Since 2010 our Fellowship Program supported by the German Government has brought together over 200 young civil society young leaders from the MENA region with young leaders North America/Europe. It engages the Fellows in intercultural dialogue to broaden their understanding of culturally sensitive topics.


Since 2008 UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund has provided seed funding to 46 outstanding youth-led initiatives that promote long-term constructive relationships between people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Coming from 30 different countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, the work of the supported organization impacted over 700,000 people. Additionally the impact of the NGOs, which were recipients of the Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) have benefited over 600,000 people from 88 countries around the world.



QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.


“Live and Let Live”