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Princess Sumaya named UNESCO special envoy for science for peace

By JT - Oct 02,2017 - Last updated at Oct 02,2017

AMMAN — Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova on Monday named Princess Sumaya a UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (2017-2019) in a ceremony at the organisation’s headquarters, the UNESCO said in a statement. 

Princess Sumaya has been appointed in the post “in recognition of her efforts to promote science as a power to bring countries together and contribute to positive changes in society, for her commitment to strengthening the development of scientific thinking in her native country and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the organisation”, the statement added. 

As a UNESCO special envoy, the Princess will support the work of the organisation in science diplomacy, notably during the forthcoming World Science Forum, which will take place in Jordan from November 7 to 11, the agency added. 

A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Princess Sumaya “is passionate about science and has been the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan since 2006. She is also the deputy chair of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, a government body that advises Jordan on public policy issues relating to science and technology. Princess Sumaya has supported SESAME, the Synchroton-light for experimental science and applications in the Middle East, located in Allan, Jordan”, UNESCO said.

UNESCO special envoys are “exceptional personalities who serve as standard-bearers for the organisation. Through their professional activities and personal charisma, they help ensure that UNESCO’s message is heard worldwide”, according to the agency’s website. 

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