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31st International Arab Children Congress Closes with Two New Initiatives
20th November 2011

The 31st International Arab Children Congress opened in Abu Dhabi Nov 13, 2011

They've danced their dances, they've flown their flags, they've debated the meaning omega seamaster replica watches applications of sustainable development, and now the young delegates to the31st International Arab Children Congress (IACC)are ready to go home, but not before presenting the list of 15 recommendations they will send to the UN, to the Arab League, and UNICEF following the closing ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

Topping their list?  Urging countries to adopt clear strategies in sustainable development related to the environment, health, culture and economy to fulfill the needs of future generations and developing "awareness campaigns" to include in educational curricula.

TheIACCis a thematic Rolex Cellini Replica that utilizes creative activities to tackle global issues that impact the life of youth.  The theme of this year's congress was "Sustainable Development is the Responsibility of All".

The congress, held in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the Family Development Foundation and the Women's General Union, and the presidency ofHer Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of theKing Hussein Foundationofficially opened on November 13, 2011.

During the opening ceremony, a documentary highlighting the development and achievements of the congress over the past 30 years was presented to those in attendance.

In the video Queen Noor talks about the significant impact the congress has had on the lives of the delegates:

"This has provided them a voice and a sense of not only opportunity to engage and listen and learn from one another, but also opportunity to feel that their voices really matter."

The annual event, which was organized for the first time outside of Jordan by the Family Development Foundation (FDF), was headed by Mariam Alrumaithi in collaboration with theNational Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA)of theKing Hussein Foundationdirected by Lina Attel.

Two exciting developments came out of the cooperation with Abu Dhabi.  One is the announcement by FDF General Manager Mariam Alrumaithi of an "International Arab Children's Prize".

It's a new initiative from HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to theIACCto enhance its sustainability and encourage outstanding and talented youth in the world.  Results will be announced in 2012 during the nextIACCand categories will include cultural, social, and economic fields.  More details to follow.

Also new this year, the announcement of the creation of a new online data network forIACCparticipants, www.iacnetwork.com.

140 youth delegates from 15 countries participated in the week-long event.  Next year the congress returns to Jordan.
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