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'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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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:May 22, 2007
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