Joined UNESCO: 14/06/1950

Head of State and/or Government

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: His Majesty King Abdallah bin Al HUSSEIN
Prime Minister and Defence Minister: H.E. Mr Hani Moulki

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mr Makram M. Queisi
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (08/08/2014)

Permanent Delegation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to UNESCO
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National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson: Dr Omar Al Razzaz

Secretary General: Mrs Ibtisam Aqab Ayoub

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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions
MemberMr Khalil Salim1976-1980101-110
MemberMr Abdel Salam Atallah Majali1985-1989123-132

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference

Executive Board
Member (Term expires : 2021)
Intergovernmental Council for the International Hydrological Programme
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Conciliation and Good Offices Commission Responsible for Seeking the Settlement of any Disputes which may arise between States Parties to the Convention against Discrimination in Education
Member : Mr Adnan Badran (Term expires : 40th General Conference)

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

His Excellency, Professor Mohammad Thneibat, Minister of Education of Jordan

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

37 session of the General Conference

Mr Thneibat, Minister of Education of Jordan

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H. E. Mrs Dina Kawar, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to France, Permanent Delegate

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Walid Maani, Minister of Education and High Education

“I take this opportunity to extol the efforts of Mr Koïchiro Matsuura in leading UNESCO and to express the appreciation of the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for his outstanding work to preserve the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem, affirming the importance of upholding the legal dimensions of this sensitive issue and the readiness of my country to provide the necessary support to preserve the cultural, architectural and demographic fabric of the Holy City, in general, and to preserve the Islamic and Christian holy places (…). We call upon the international community to put pressure on Israel to allow the Jordanian team to visit the site at the road leading to the Maghariba Gate to take measurements and obtain the necessary information on the final design.”
“I (…) commend Mr Matsuura for inaugurating the Synchrotron Centre (SESAME) on 3 November 2009, in Jordan, after long years of fruitful and dedicated work, to develop science in the Middle East and serve the cause of peace.”
“(…) sincere congratulations to Ms Irina Bokova for her nomination (…).”
“I (…) express my thanks and appreciation (…) for the high standard of the draft programme and budget for 2010-2011 and the response to the recommendations of the 181st session of the Executive Board concerning the increase in the proportion of resources allocated to programmes, compared with resources allocated to administration, in draft document 35 C/5 and the strengthening of the UNESCO field presence in order to implement its programmes at national and regional level effectively and prudently. Furthermore, I should like to commend the expansion in the Education for All programme, which includes education and training in the technical, professional and higher education fields, while affirming the importance of focusing on harmonization and quality at all educational levels. (…) UNESCO (…) requires a strengthening of its position within the framework of the United Nations system, particularly in view of the new approach within the United Nations toward combining performance with a high level of efficiency.
“(…) the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, thanks to the wise vision of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein, as represented by cooperation with the friends of peace at global level, prides in the Arab and Islamic heritage which is founded on belief, tolerance and cultural diversity, and progress toward internal reform and sustainable development. The Jordanian model relies upon the abilities, values and history of society and on investment in education, technology and the necessary infrastructure required for a successful knowledge economy, the empowerment of citizens, action against terrorism and the endeavour for peace, while focusing on youth, who represent the great majority of the Jordanian people. The Jordanian government is striving to achieve the ambitions of youth, provide them with equal opportunities and build a civil society which respects the rights of men and women equally.”

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Dr Khaled Touqan, Minister of Education

Jordan supports the midterm strategy for 2008-2013 with all its goals and objectives. Jordan also supports the programme initiative and budget for the biennium 2008-2009. Moreover, UNESCO should play an active role in the Arab region where many opportunities for cooperation are created.
Jordan commends UNESCO’s stand in safeguarding the heritage in Jerusalem. His Royal Highness, the King of Jordan has ordered the creation of a Jordanian Fund to rebuild the Al Aqsa mosque of Jerusalem and preserve the historical heritage of the city.
Jordan’s government has provided free education for Iraqi refugees in the country. Jordan firmly believes in the values of education and supports the Education for All programme.
Jordan is proud of its Arabic and Islamic identity and stresses the importance of cultural diversity. UNESCO should promote tolerance and fight against discrimination in all aspects.
Jordan is proud to be implementing the SESAME project in the Middle East, which should be launched in June 2008.
Jordan believes that science, technology and knowledge sharing play encourage international cooperation and promote sustainable development worldwide.

Celebration of anniversaries

  • 1350th anniversary of the death of al-Khansa, poetess (575-664) (2014)

  • The poetess is famous in the Arab world. She is the best known female poet in Arabic literature for her elegies.

  • 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of Petra (1812) (2012)

  • Jordan wishes to commemorate the re-discovery of Petra by John Burkhardt in 1812. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture. The city was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1985.

  • 500th anniversary of the death of Aisha al-Baounieh, poet (1455-1507) (2006)

  • Aisha Baounieh is a famous female poet and writer. She was from Baoun in the east of Jordan. Literature, graphics poems, and famous texts in various styles, are present in her works: “It’s now in Egypt”, “Project birthday”. She made efforts to lead other women to read her poems. Her intelligence and hard work helped to demonstrate, despite the traditional social prejudice at that time, that woman deserves a befitting and crucial place in the society. She was very well known in an environment where women and their role in the society were unrecognised.

  • Twelve hundredth anniversary of the founding of Bayt El-Hikma (2000)

  • The scientific institution Bayt El-Hikma, already mentioned in the reign of the Abbasid Caliph Al-Ma’mûm (813-833), was a centre for teaching, researches and writing, as well as a meeting place and forum for discussion and, under the authority of the sovereigns themselves, brought together learned people of different religions and origins in a spirit of tolerance that was exceptional for the period.
    Its influence extended far and wide: it was at the origin not only of the conservation and dissemination of the scientific heritage of the great scholars of classical antiquity (Galen, Hippocrates, Aristotle and so on), but also of the development and progress of science in the Islamic world (mathematics, astronomy, medicine, philosophy, etc.), from which Europe benefited considerably through Spain and Sicily.
    Over the centuries Bayt El-Hikma has been a development model for many institutes throughout the Islamic world which bear its name. Its fame was such that it became, and remains, a symbol of tolerance and international scientific cooperation.

  • One thousand three hundred and fifth anniversary of the building of the mosque of the Dome of the Rock in the city of Jerusalem (Qubbat al-Sakhra) (1996).

  • Located within the precinct of al-&in-urn ash-Sharif in Jerusalem, the Dome of the
    Rock is a unique monument of Islamic culture from the artistic, cultural and
    religious points of view.
    This earliest Muslim work of architecture, which is purely Christian in design and
    decoration and does not resemble a mosque, was used for worship by the Muslim