PRESS RELEASE: Paris- 2/10/17
Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan was today officially designated as UNESCO's Special Envoy for Science for Peace at a ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The honour was bestowed by Mme Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, in recognition of HRH's tireless advocacy for Science as a catalyst for change in Jordan and the wider Middle East. In honouring Princess Sumaya, Mme Bokova emphasised the Princess's commitment to promoting science among young people in the region.
The Princess joins a list of just 10 other UNESCO Special Envoys who have been chosen as standard bearers for the organisation's programmes and philosophy. The small group of globally recognised personalities shares a commitment to the ideals and objectives of UNESCO and provides an invaluable contribution by raising public awareness on matters linked to the organisation's mandate.
On receiving the designation, HRH Princess Sumaya said that her belief in the power of Science was driven by a desire to draw together our collective human intelligence so that acute economic, social and environmental challenges could be tackled in a creative and unified manner. She added that her fervent hope was to be able to contribute to the enablement of science so that borders could be overcome and a sustainable future achieved with improved opportunities for all.
Princess Sumaya is Chair of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) in Amman, and President of Jordan's Royal Scientific Society (RSS), which has become a focal point for science engagement and research in the region. HRH is also Chair of World Science Forum 2017, which will take place in Jordan in November, under the banner of Science for Peace.
Princess Sumaya has been for many years a staunch supporter of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), which is under construction in Allan (Jordan) and is the result of a cooperative effort between UNESCO and other partners spanning many years.
HRH was accompanied to the Designation Ceremony by His Excellency Ambassador Makram M. Queisi, Permanent Delegate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to UNESCO.
Photo's from the event can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131897504@N08/sets/72157661089335868/