AUC and UNDP Sign MoU to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Egypt
The American University in Cairo (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt (UNDP Egypt) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their collaboration and collectively advance the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Egypt.
The MoU represents a significant step forward in the enduring commitment of both UNDP and AUC to foster collaboration and address crucial challenges in sustainable development. This partnership seeks to harness the combined expertise, resources, and networks of both organizations to engender a lasting and positive impact on the lives of the Egyptian people while contributing to the nation’s overarching priorities.
During the signing ceremony, AUC President Ahmad Dallal underscored the shared vision and unwavering commitment of AUC and UNDP in fostering positive change and tackling global challenges head-on. “Through joint intellectual engagements, we aim to tackle key policy and development topics, conduct action-oriented research, and foster knowledge-sharing initiatives. By aligning our efforts with Egypt’s national priorities, we aim to accelerate progress towards the sustainable development goals, leaving a lasting impact on the communities we serve,” he said.
From his side, UNDP Egypt Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti said: “Today’s MoU signature reflects our commitment to informed, evidence-based development, driven by scientific inquiry, and emphasizes the vital role of partnerships with academic institutions. This collaboration empowers youth, aligns with Egypt’s National Priorities, and advances the Sustainable Development Goals. Together, we’ll work towards a future of progress, innovation, and sustainable impact.”
This partnership also emphasizes evidence-based approaches to policy and programming, utilizing the expertise of AUC’s affiliated labs and centers. Furthermore, it offers students invaluable practical experiences, mentorship opportunities, internships, and real-world development challenges to prepare them as future leaders and catalysts for change.
A cornerstone of this partnership is the strategic mobilization of technology and innovation in service of the SDGs. UNDP and AUC will spearhead impact-driven innovation sprints, hackathons, and boot camps, leveraging both institutions’ extensive reach and influence. The collaboration is also dedicated to instilling a culture of sustainability on campus through simulation models, sustainable campus initiatives and student-led outreach activities.