» H.R.H. Princess Dana Firas at UNESCO Regional Conference in Aswan
09.03.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

H.R.H. Princess Dana Firas at UNESCO Regional Conference in Aswan

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On 5-7 March, a Regional Conference entitled « Learning to Live Sustainably in Cities in the Arab Region » was held in Aswan, Egypt. This conference was organized by UNESCO in close cooperation with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).

The conference aimed to promote, implement and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities and urban communities through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

H.R.H. Princess Dana Firas, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, participated as a keynote speaker for one of the sessions of the meeting, entitled “People: Local sustainable solutions to leave no one behind and attain sustainable livelihood and lifestyles”. The session focused on how cities and communities can use education to ensure inclusive cities and communities where all people, particularly the most vulnerable, have equal access to services for sustainable lifestyles.

As UN lead agency for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), UNESCO views cities as key centers of thought and action when it comes to education and learning about sustainable development. ESD can be used as a tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for making cities and communities more inclusive, safe and sustainable.

Four regional conferences on “Learning to Live Sustainably in Cities” have already taken place: in Hamburg (Germany) for Europe and North America; in Villa Maria (Argentina) for Latin America and the Caribbean; in New Delhi (India) for Asia and the Pacific; and in Nairobi (Kenya) for Africa.


H.R.H. Princess Dana Firas was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in July 2017, in recognition of her outstanding commitment to heritage protection and preservation as a pillar of sustainable development and her contribution to responsible tourism.

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