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15.05.2017 - ODG

Director-General in Jordan for the Opening of SESAME

On 16 May, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is traveling to Jordan for the opening of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). The Opening Ceremony will take place at the SESAME site that is located in Allan. Held under the patronage and in presence of His Majesty King Abdallah II, the event will take place in the presence of the President of SESAME, Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, the co-Vice Presidents, Dr Javed Akhtar and Professor Karim Tahboub and the Director of SESAME, Professor Khaled Toukan. The President of Switzerland, Her Excellency Ms Doris Leuthard will also attend the opening ceremony alongside several Ministers, head of the SESAME members delegations and high level representatives from International Organizations.

Following the opening ceremony, the Director-General will visit the SESAME site and experimental hall, accompanied by the Director-General of CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), Professor Fabiola Gianotti and the Director-General of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), Mr. Yukiya Amano.

SESAME is a visionary project, established under the auspices of UNESCO, which fosters scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East and neighboring countries by enabling research in subjects ranging from medicine biology, through materials science, physics and chemistry to healthcare, the environment and archaeology. Alongside its scientific aims, the SESAME project aims to promote solidarity and peace in the region through scientific cooperation. It brings together members from Cyprus, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey.

While in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Director-General is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with high-level government officials.

SESAME, a visionary endeavour in science and diplomacy

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