Princess Haifa Al Mogrin is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organizatiom , in other words UNESCO. Her role is to represent the kingdom at UNESCO conferences, and partake in policy formulation and negotiation, advocacy, relationship building, cultural and educational exchange and more.
Straight from the French capital and during the inauguration of the 216th session of UNESCO’s Executive Council, Princess Haifa spoke on the aims of the organization and how the kingdom is aligned with those goals in relation to Saudi Vision 2030. Princess Haifa went on to explain the kingdom’s role, “We are convinced of the necessity of mutual assistance for peace and to achieve the goals of the 2030 sustainable development agenda, which are in line with the principles of Saudi Vision 2030.” During the conference, she also mentioned how the kingdom is looking forward to working towards and implementing the many goals for the upcoming years. She also highlighted how the “cultural dimension” is crucial for the UN agenda.
Princess Haifa also made it a point to underline the significance of the connection between Saudi Arabia and UNESCO, particularly talking about the partnership between the Royal Commission for AlUla and UNESCO. This agreement is one of the most important partnerships in our modern day in Saudi Arabia, because it aims to protects and preserve the rich history in Al Ula, raise awareness on it, encourage knowledge and foster education for the historical site.
Since January 2020, Princess Haifa has been Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegate to the UNESCO. Her career has also spanned across socio-political fields, namely holding positions such as Deputy Assistant Ministry for Sustainable Development Affairs and Acting Deputy Assisted Minister for G20. As for her educational background, the royal has earned her undergraduate degree from King Saud University in economics and went on to pursue master’s degree from from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. UNESCO council sessions would usually consist of discussions on diverse affairs, all in parallel with the organization's goals, and programs. This specific session will be ongoing until the 24th of May.