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Abu-Ghazaleh Selected to Join United Nations Social Impact Fund High Level Advisory Board

14-Jun-2017 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 4282
Abu-Ghazaleh Selected to Join United Nations Social Impact Fund High Level Advisory Board
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AMMAN- Upon an official invitation from the UNDP UN Under Secretary-General Ms. Helen Clark and the UNDP Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Haoliang Xu, HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) will serve as a member of the United Nations Social Impact Fund High Level Advisory Board (UNSIF-HLAB).

As expressed in the invitation letter, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh's selection was based on his exemplary leadership, profound insights and expertise deemed indispensable in enabling UNDP-UNSIF to maximize its overall social, economic and policy value for  the government, the UN and the financial and impact investing sector. The letter addressed Dr. Abu Ghazaleh: "Acting as a critical advisor and friend of UNSIF, you have the opportunity to jointly shape the direction of UNSIF policy initiatives, investment strategy and impact, with a group of renowned and committed leaders."

The acknowledgement of Abu-Ghazaleh’s commitment to social development and achievements were highlighted in the letter stating: "Your commitment to bettering society, and in particular nurturing youth and expanding opportunities for all, is inspiring. Under your leadership, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization and the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Foundation are strengthening the minds and hearts of generations to come, setting the foundation for a robust knowledge-based economy. Your experience with leading a highly successful "hybrid" model of a for- profit organization with a pro-social mission will be invaluable to the United Nations Social Impact Fund that looks to use blended financing to support entrepreneurs around the world as they contribute to a strong and resilient world."
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, who is also a member of the Jordanian Senate responded "I am pleased and honored to join your UNSIF-HLAB. Your objectives are at the core of TAG-Org's mission. Having served as UN ICT TF co-chair and UNGAID chair, I would propose that you consider the use of ICT as an enabler in achieving the objectives." 

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh’s consistent adherence to emphasizing the necessity for ICT was further articulated in his declaration that Development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and enhancing its use are considered the cornerstone of a country’s economic structure.

It is noteworthy to mention that Senator Abu-Ghazaleh has chaired more than 14 UN taskforces and initiatives including UN ICT TF co-chair and UNGAID chair, and he was Vice chair with Their Excellences Kofi Anan and Ban Ki Moon of the UN Global Compact as well as being a member of several UN programs, most recently being named Special Ambassador to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
In 2016, during the UNDP's celebration marking the 50th Anniversary of its founding and the 40th Anniversary since the start of its operations in Jordan, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh was honored for his role in advancing the UNDP’s development goals.

TAG-Org cooperates with the UNDP on various projects, most notably in the fields of capacity building which aims to achieve sustainable development for Jordanian youth and Syrian refugees. In 2016, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation launched a UNDP funded study on the “Indirect Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the Jordanian Economy” which was prepared by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh & Co. Consulting (TAG-Consult).
The UNDP-UNSIF supports the financing for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda, and was established in November 2016.
 
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