Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of The Hashemite Kingdom of
patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of The Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan, the Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism
will be held at the International Conference Center Geneva (CICG)
February 5-8, 2003. The Summit, being organized by the
International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) in
partnership with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), is
in support of the U.N. Decade for Peace and Non-Violence for the
Children of the World. The First Global Summit in Amman, Jordan
(November 2000) was under the Royal Patronage of HM King Abdullah
development of substantive projects that aim to improve the living
conditions of underprivileged groups in Jordanian Society provides a
model of leadership for the Summit's aim of "Building a Culture of
Peace through Tourism". In 1995, Queen Rania established the
Jordan River Foundation (JRF), a non-profit, non-governmental
institution encompassing several projects that aim at improving the
quality of life and providing a better future for all
The Foundation oversees
several well-known projects in the Kingdom that include Jordan River
Designs, Wadi Rayan and Bani Hamida. These projects empower women to
become skilled contributors to the Jordanian economy, while
generating additional sources of income to support their families.
The projects have also encouraged the revival of an almost forgotten
heritage of craft production and rug-weaving.
In 1997 Queen Rania
launched the Jordan River Children Program (JRC), which is the
Foundation's arm that focuses on children's issues, and in creating
healthy generations of young Jordanians through protective and
preventative interventions. The Child Safety Program (CSP), which is
part of the JRC, addresses both protective and preventative
activities with the overall objectives of enhancing positive
child-rearing practices to protect children, and to identify,
confront and eliminate various forms of abuse through awareness,
prevention and rehabilitation programs.
Majesty Queen Rania visiting with children in
Bosnia-Herzegovina, March 2000. The children are
students of a school renovated by the Jordanian Hashemite
courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court.
In addition to the
above, Queen Rania sponsors numerous events that promote economic
growth as well as the educational, artistic, and cultural diversity
in the Kingdom.
Their Majesties King
Abdullah Bin Al-Hussein and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah were married on
June 10, 1993. They have three children, Prince Hussein, eight,
Princess Iman, six, and Princess Salma, two.
International Leaders to be
Geneva Summit will feature leaders of the Travel & Tourism
Industry from different regions of the world, as well as leaders in
other sectors. Confirmed Keynote Speakers are: UNICEF Spokesperson,
Roger Moore; Hon. Jennifer Smith, Premier of Bermuda; Premier of
Tasmania, Jim Bacon, MHA; Amb. Anwarul Chowdhury, U.N. Under
Secretary General for Least Developed Countries: Jean-Claude
Baumgarten, President, World Travel and Tourism Council; Richard
North, CEO, Six Continents Hotels; Francesco Frangialli, Secretary
General, World Tourism Organization.
Also, Mr. Setyanto P.
Santosa, Executive Chairman, Indonesia Culture and Tourism Board,
Anastasia Mann, Chairman, Corniche Travel; Hon. Richard Gordon,
Chairman, Pacific Asia Travel Association; Hon. Zakia Hamdani
Meghji, President, Africa Travel Association; John Marks, Chairman,
Travel Industry Association of America; Noel Hentschel, Chairman and
CEO, American Tours International; and John Noel, Chairman and
CEO,Travel Guard; and Demba Ba, Sector Manager, Private Sector
Development, Africa Region World Bank
Awadallah, Minister of Planning, Jordan and H.E. Roni Milo, Minister
of Regional Cooperation, Israel, will be featured in a
co-presentation of the historic Red Sea - Dead Sea Project announced
at the recent World Summit in Johannesburg.
Summit Aim and
of the Summit is to continue "Building a Culture of Peace through
Tourism" and to harness the world's largest industry, Travel and
Tourism, as a leading force for Poverty Reduction.
Within this context
- themes of the Summit are: Strategies for Tourism Related
Micro-Enterprise and SME Development in Least Developed Countries;
Development and Marketing of Destinations Emerging from Conflict;
Youth Travel for Peace and International Understanding; The Role of
Sport in Peace and Development; Educating for a Culture of Peace
through Tourism; Linkages of Tourism, the Arts, Culture, and
Heritage in Building a Culture of Peace; Tourism, Environment,
Biodiversity and Sustainable Development; and Building Community
through Community Tourism; Accessible Travel for All.
Summit Outcomes will include:
"21st Century Agenda
for Peace through Tourism"
government - industry - donor - NGO collaborative strategy for the
role of tourism in poverty reduction
initiatives in partnership with International Youth Hostels and
International Federation of Youth Travel
Initiatives - in collaboration with leading Travel & Tourism
Sport Initiatives for
Peace and Development in collaboration with the U.N. Task Force on
Sport for Development and Peace
Pilot projects for
poverty reduction in Least Developed Countries in partnership with
UNIVERSITAS - a Program of the International Labor
Data Base of Tourism
Development Projects in Developing Countries in partnership with
George Washington University - followed by an assessment of
selected projects to arrive at Guidelines for future projects and
examples of Best Practice
of the IIPT Global Peace Parks Projects launched from Bethany Beyond
the Jordan on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
2000 as the closing event of our First Global Summit in Amman.
sponsors of the Summit are Six Continents Hotels & Resorts PLC,
Bermuda Department of Tourism, Indonesia Culture and Tourism Board,
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Reed Travel Exhibitions, and
Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts. Hotel Intercontinental Geneva is
the official Summit Headquarter Hotel; Swiss International Air Lines
is the Official Summit Airline with Lufthansa a Supporting Carrier.
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