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U.N. honors late Saudi prince for work on Palestinian projects

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The U.N. on Friday honored Saudi Arabia’s late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud for his support of Palestinian development projects.

In a speech, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the U.N. offered his “heartfelt appreciation” to the Saudi leadership.

“Their financial support is making a concrete difference in the lives of hundreds of Palestinian families, improving conditions in communities and contributing to peace, security and stability,” Ban said in a ceremony at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Ban presented the “Outstanding Donor Award for the Special Human Settlements Program for the Palestinian People” to Abdallah al-Mouallimi, the Saudi Arabia’s U.N. permanent representative, who accepted it on behalf of the late Crown Prince.

“The late crown prince will be remembered for his commitment to humanitarian and relief work all over the world,” added Ban.

The crown prince was the supervisor-general of the “Saudi committee for Palestinian people relief” and was also supervisor-general for the campaign of the “custodian of the two holy mosques for the relief of the Palestinian people in Gaza.”

The campaign has offered $17 million to the U.N.-Habitat Special Human Settlements Program for the Palestinian people, according to the agency. This represents the largest donation to the agency, according to the U.N. news center.

“He [the crown prince] was particularly committed to the work of U.N.-Habitat, especially in support of housing and income generating projects for families in Palestine,” Ban added at a ceremony that included Joan Clos, Executive Director of the U.N. Human Settlements Program and Riyad Mansour, permanent observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations.