21.05.2012 - ODG

The Director-General met with HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

© UNESCO/Paola Leoncini-BartoliUNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, HE Senator Aqel Baltji, Ms Lina Attel, founder and Director General of The National Center for Culture and Performing Arts (PAC) of King Hussein Foundation, Professor Odeh Al Jayyousi, Vice President, Science and Research, the Royal Scientific Society. Jordan, May 2012.

On 20 May, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, met with HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan. They discussed the Rio + 20 agenda and the need to promote scientific cooperation. "Jordan has a key role to play in the global Rio + 20 agenda and in mobilizing political leadership in the Arab Region on central issues such as water, solar energy, research and science education," said the Director-General.

Princess Sumaya highlighted the efforts made by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to foster the development of scientific thinking on the stewardship of the planet.

Highlighting the need to sustain hope amongst Arab young men and women following the Arab Spring, Princess Sumaya highlighted her personal commitment as President of the Royal Scientific Society to sustain talented youth and entrepreneurship in the areas of science, underscoring the importance of stimulating innovation through basic sciences.

"The power of sciences is that it allows us to cooperate and to bring recognition for what the Arab countries can contribute to the world and to change," said Princess Sumaya. 

In this context, Princess Sumaya presented the objectives of El Hassan Science City to foster scientific knowledge and research. She underlined also the expectations generated by the SESAME Project to encourage scientific cooperation in the Middle East and across the world to face today's global environmental challenges.

Princess Sumaya also underscored the importance of sciences for archaeology and, in particular, for long-term cultural heritage preservation referring to the World Heritage site of Petra. "It is important to make the sciences relevant to the people," said Princess Sumaya emphasizing the direct linkage between sciences and health, the environment, livelihoods, culture, governance, as well as the social dimension of sciences.

Speaking of her responsibilities as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal National Museum, Princess Sumaya raised the need to develop a regulatory framework that would enhance the overall responsibility of national museums in the long term preservation and management of national cultural heritage landmarks, stressing the moral obligation each national museum holds with respect to its national heritage.


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