Successful completion of the 1st and 2nd Edition of the UNAOC Fellowship Programme
~ The Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship launched with 50 American, European, Middle Eastern and North African emerging leaders traveling on two-week program ~
50 emerging leaders have completed their program of the UNAOC Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship, which took them to the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the United States. During the two-week inaugural traveling program in each direction, fellows have developed extensive knowledge of political, economic, and social institutions and issues facing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe and the United States.
The Programme is made possible thanks to a grant of the Federal Foreign office of Germany and the Hermes Foundation and is developed in partnership with the League of Arab States, the British Council, ISESCO, Qatar Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations and the Institute for International Education.
. The objective is to provide young leaders from both the Europe and North America and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with a broad, firsthand experience of institutions and societies in their counterpart region. Through extended travel, fellows have gained a more thorough understanding of attitudes, politics, business, culture, and society by meeting a variety of people and participating in their way of life. Fellows were also able to pursue individual fields of interest and meet professional counterparts.
“As emerging leaders are agents of change, participants will be in a position to bring to bear in-depth understanding of diverse societies on current debates and allow others to benefit from their perspectives,” said Jorge Sampaio, High Representative, UN Alliance of Civilizations.
The UNAOC Fellowship programme educates emerging North American, European, Middle Eastern, and North African leaders on the importance of international cooperation, and encourages them to collaborate on a range of international and domestic policy challenges. Fellows are selected through a competitive nationwide and regional process and come from politics, government, media, business, and the nonprofit sector. North American and European fellows spend 15-18 days traveling to five cities across the Middle East and North Africa in Egypt, Morocco and Qatar; similarly, the Middle Eastern and North African Fellows spend 15-18 days traveling to six cities in Europe ( Brussels, London and Paris ) and the United States ( Raleigh, NC ; Roanoke, VA ; Washington DC and New-York ) learning about the institutions and people that drive the regions, cities, countries, and multilateral systems through meetings with local counterparts.