KHF Outreach
30th Arab International Children's Congress call for environmental education
19th July 2010
Amman, 19th July, 2010 - Participants in the 30th Arab International Children's Congress, which convened in Amman between 12-18th July, 2010, have called for the introduction of environmental education in school and university curricula, and urged for a broader use of alternative energy resources and an increase of natural reserves to safeguard threatened living things on the planet. 
Children representing 20 Arab and foreign countries had attended the Congress, organized by the National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA) of the King Hussein Foundation (KHF).  This year, the Cognress convened under the title "Safeguarding the Environment" to raise awareness of environmental challenges facing the planet.  Participating delegations presented their views and proposed environmental solutions at the closing of the weeklong event as recommendations to be presented to the United Nations, UNICEF and the League of Arab States.   Articles touched on the impact of pollution and global warming on public health, the economy and social development, in addition to the use of alternative energy and the application of green building practices to protect the environment.
Her Majesty Queen Noor, who opened the Congress, said over the past 30 years, participants have contributed to making the Congress the longest uninterrupted cultural gathering of young people in the Arab world".  In a message addressed to the participants, she praised the energy and determination, perseverance in problem-solving, resilience, tolerance and compassion that the youth have shown in their meetings over the years, saying those are the leadership attributes that are needed in these most challenging of times. "These attributes characterized His Majesty King Hussein's life-long commitment to human security and peace," added Queen Noor, and commended the NCCA for its role in fulfilling the KHF's mission to nurture youth leadership, respect for diversity and cross cultural exchange.

The main sponsor of this year's Congress was the Abu Dhabi based Family Development Foundation (FDF), chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubrak, who has welcomed the Congress in Abu Dhabi next year, to convene for the first time outside Jordan.

"The FDF sponsorship is the first by a non Jordanian institution in the history of the Congress, and reflects the strong relations between the two countries," stated KHF Executive Director Hana Shahin, adding that this sponsorship reflects the existing cooperation between the KHF and FDF through a MOU aimed at achieving a complete partnership between the two foundations in project implementation and training of professionals. 

The Congress was initiated by Her Majesty Queen Noor following the 1980 Arab Summit in Amman to nurture new generations of young Arab leaders that can work together with respect, tolerance, and understanding.  The Congress is held annually by the NCCA to shed light on common challenges facing young people worldwide, and allow the youth an early opportunity to engage in dialogue and cooperative initiatives that enable them to appreciate their common bonds and diverse enriching perspectives.

The Congress program includes interactive painting, drama and music workshops, cultural activities and tours of Jordan's main tourist and heritage sites. This year, the Congress hosted goodwill ambassador Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram and Jordanian actor Moussa Hejazin as well as Jordanian singers Amer Khufash, Rose Werr and Rami Shafik who performed at the opening ceremony.
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