Moroccan Saad Abid, founder of Bahri association and content creator on social media, won the alumni of the decade award, given by Global Ties U.S. organisation, mandated by the U.S. Department of State, to discern the prize IVLP Alumni Decade of Social Innovation and Change Award.
Being the only african and Moroccan winner, Saad Abid shares this award with another laureat of the IVLP, Raisa Banfield, from Panama. Both of them have been congratulated for their actions against climate change and for protecting the environment, according to a press release of the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca.
This award acknowledges the many actions that Saad Abid has undertaken during the last 10 years, namely organizing cleaning beaches campaigns and encouraging young people to promote and protect the environment, according to the same source.
The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, congratulated Abid for his work “in the front lines to fight against the climate crisis”, affirming, in a message video, that “I am grateful to know that there are promising leaders like you in this fight”. For many years, the american diplomatic mission, including the cultural center Dar America, considered Saad Abid to be among their most remarkable partners, and worked together on many operations of cleaning beaches and integrating young people in civic participation.
Saad Abid’s journey with the IVLP began in 2016, when he participated in an intensive 3 weeks program of meetings on the topic “young people and civic engagement”. In 2018, he was invited by the secretary general of the UN, Antonio Guterres, to assist in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
In 2020, he was one of the two Moroccans who were on the list of the 80 most influential alumni of the IVLP, along with outstanding personalities like Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair (UK), Jacinda Ardern (New-Zealand), Felipe Calderon (Mexico), Indira Gandhi (India) et Anwar Sadat (Egypt).