News: UN Egypt and Bibliotheca Alexandrina sign a memorandum of understanding to explore the future of development in Egypt 2050
Cairo, 26 July 2018 - Mr. Richard Dictus, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt, and Dr. Mostafa El Feki, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner on the strategic foresight dialogues, also known as Alexandria Dialogues. The Alexandria Dialogues will cast a glance towards 2050 through building scenarios, examining future socio-economic opportunities, and uncovering sustainable pathways toward a vibrant and prosperous Egypt in 2050.
Mr. Dictus stressed in his speech that the partnership between the United Nations Egypt and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a partnership of ideas to explore the future and imagine how Egypt can transform until the year 2050. "Appropriate plans can be developed to meet the future and to understand its challenges and prospects, considering Egypt's rapid economic development and the commitments made by Egypt in the framework of implementing the goals of sustainable development," he said.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt pointed out that the Alexandria Dialogues will help define sustainable pathways until 2050 and not only 2030, through exchange of ideas and discussions with a group of cutting edge thinkers from various fields.
The national dialogue capacities consist of a number of world class academic institutions, government think-tanks and departments, a vibrant private sector active globally, civil society and finally international and national development organizations.
In his speech, Dr. Mostafa El Feki emphasized that the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major cultural institution in Egypt with a global perspective that supports cultural dialogue, disseminates knowledge, promotes scientific research and recognizes the importance of sustainable development for the whole world.
Dr. El Feki added that the signing of the Memorandum stems from the intellectual mission of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and its keenness on the intellectual enrichment of the sustainable development system, pointing out that the Library has recently established a program for sustainable development, youth capacity building, and social transformation with its academic sector.
Bibliotheca Alexandria and UN Egypt have initiated a series of foresight events that aim to explore these emerging new development realities and to identify the outlines of promising new strategic opportunities to realize Egypt’s significant potential events – the Alexandria Dialogues. The foresight series intend to provide a platform to deliberate about facts and opportunities about the future, to gather insight about possible and probable futures, and to break new ground on images of a prosperous Egypt