HRH Prince Mansoor Al Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Switzerland, was presented with the Messengers of Peace Hero Award from John Geoghegan, Director of the World Scout Foundation on the occasion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s National Day on 23 September.
“Messengers of Peace is seen by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, as an important investment in the young people of the world, creating peace, dialogue and development in millions of communities worldwide”, said HRH Prince Mansoor bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Since 2012, 32 million young men and women in 160 countries have carried out over 8 million local community projects touching the lives of over 500 million people. These projects—representing a staggering 1.3 billion service hours—have been logged online, verified and used to inspire other young people to action, and represent the largest popular contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals”, according to the United Nations.
“HRH Prince Mansoor was among the team in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who made this initiative possible by securing a grant of USD27 million, inspiring young people to action in capacity building, leadership training, developing good governance globally, and most importantly, delivering on-the-ground projects—8 million of them—to communities worldwide.“, added John Geoghegan.
Recent Messengers of Peace highlights include Sri Lankan Scouts designing a conciliatory project earlier this year between Tamil and Sinhala speaking communities, a massive reforestation project in Croatia and an emergency operation after Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique in March 2019.
This Initiative has been further boosted by the Scouts for SDGs mobilisation, generously supported by Alwaleed Philanthropies, which has helped to drive Scouts' worldwide to deliver even more community action and to gain greater awareness of the SDGs.