ABU DHABI, 13th March, 2022 (WAM) — The Arab Youth Council on Climate Change (AYCCC), one of the initiatives of the Arab Youth Centre, and HSBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a “Sustainability Education” initiative, to train higher education students in the Arab world on climate action, build their capacities, and develop their skills in the sectors of sustainability and innovative climate solutions.
This educational initiative will be carried out in cooperation with the AYCCC’s official knowledge partner, the Posterity Institute.
Under this partnership, the two parties would cooperate to implement an interactive curriculum project available to all students of universities, colleges and higher institutes in the Arab world to have direct access, based on the open-source principle, to various educational, awareness and training materials on the causes of climate change, and mechanisms for creating qualitative solutions to confront it and advance sustainability goals set by the United Nations and the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 and the COP26 climate summit in the United Kingdom in 2021.
The partnership was announced at the Youth Pavilion at Expo 2020 in the presence of Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Vice President of the Arab Youth Centre (AYC), and signed by Saeed Al Nazari, Director-General of the Federal Youth Authority and the Chief Strategy Officer at the Arab Youth Centre, and Abdulfattah Sharaf, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC UAE and Head of International, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited.
Shamma Al Mazrui emphasised, “the Arab region’s hosting of two successive global climate summits, COP27 in Egypt this year and COP28 in the United Arab Emirates in 2023, requires the preparation of qualified young Arab leaders in various climate action fields, which will reflect positively on the sustainability of the resources of our region and the preservation of its capabilities for future generations.
She added, “In October 2021, the UAE announced its national strategy to achieve Net Zero by 2050, same as many countries in the region. Therefore, cooperation with regional and international institutions and the conclusion of strategic partnerships with those keen to support the work of young people in the public and private sectors through effective and purposeful initiatives that accelerate climate action and involve young people in developing its mechanisms and solutions is the best path to achieve these ambitious goals to protect the future of the planet, its environment and its biodiversity.”
Saeed Al Nazari stated, “The Arab Youth Council for Climate Change (AYCCC) was established to help Arab countries realise their goals in addressing climate change while providing Arab youth with the skills necessary to accelerate that process. The AYCCC includes leaders from the public and private sectors. Through AYC, it will continually expand its cooperation with regional and global institutions that target empowering Arab youth in climate action.”
Al Nazari added, “The Sustainability Education project -which will build Arab youth capacities in climate action through a cooperation agreement with HSBC and the Posterity Institute- constitutes a model for environmental education and training programs.”
Abdulfattah Sharaf said, “HSBC has a longstanding commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate. Developing future skills is an important element of our community outreach and our partnership with the Arab Youth Council on this new sustainability education initiative for undergraduates in the region reflects that.”
Dr. Yasar Jarrar, Managing Director of the Posterity Institute, said, “Sustainability education is the key to address climate change and unemployment threats in our region. This kind of partnership with HSBC is a great example of how the private sector can positively impact the global sustainability agenda.”
The Sustainability Education programme aims to build Arab youth capacities by including sustainability skills in academic courses.
HSBC sponsors the programme that provides open-source sustainability skills, ideas and solutions to all university and college students in the MENA region.