'Building a Better World' embraces Nobel laureates.
... AMMAN?(Star)--Inaugurating the third Petra Nobel Laureates conference in the ancient Nabatean rosy-city on Tuesday, HM King
Abdullah II began his address with a series of provocative questions.
"What if? What if there is a new way to give poor people economic
power in their lives?" asked the king, reminding his audience that
"more than half of the Middle East's population is under 18
years of age. Special focus must be given to young people."
Speaking of the region's youth who have had to endure wars and
authoritative regimes, the Monarch said, "They can transform all
realities." "We must not just imagine," the King told his
audience, but that action was needed. Addressing some 40 Nobel laureates
who gathered under the theme "Petra III: Building a Better
World", the King said, "Your ability to think out of the box
can ignite tremendous innovation. One promising vehicle which I believe
will attract much exited discussion here is a regional science fund
professionally administrated and overseen by laureates. It will bring
global support." The Monarch continued to stress, "This year
we must make the connection between ideas and action. It is absolutely
critical to achieve tangible concrete results. "Conflict can be a
chapter in the history books," the King added. During his meeting
with youth participants in the two-day conference, the King hailed their
suggestions to establish a fund for scholarships, through which students
will be provided a one-semester intensive scholarship at universities
outside their countries to learn about other cultures and societies. The
Noble Laureates conference has launched a fund to support scientific
projects in the Middle East with a capital of $10 million. The Fund will
operate under the umbrella of King Abdullah Fund for Development, with a
number of Noble Laureates as board members. n'Building a Better
World' embraces Nobel laureates
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