Her Majesty Queen Noor, Jordan

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Queen Noor is a global public servant and outspoken advocate for cross cultural understanding and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty, climate change and disarmament. Her peace-building work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. Queen Noor’s work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on national and regional human security in the areas of education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights and cross-cultural understanding. Since 1979, the initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein and the King Hussein Foundations which she founded and chairs have transformed development thinking in Jordan and the Middle East through pioneering best practice programs in the fields of poverty eradication and women’s empowerment, microfinance, health, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange. The Foundations provide training and assistance in implementing these programs in the broader Arab and Asian regions. Queen Noor has made environmental priorities an essential component of her work to promote human security and conflict resolution. In 1980, Queen Noor became patron of Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), the Middle East’s first environmental NGO providing early models for conservation and sustainable development and training and capacity building to institutions throughout the Middle East. She is Patron of IUCN, the oldest international conservation organization in the world, Founding and Emeritus President of BirdLife International, Trustee Emeritus of Conservation International, a member of the Ocean Elders and has received a variety of awards and other honors for her activism. A long-time advocate for a just Arab-Israeli peace and for Palestinian refugees, Her Majesty is a Director of Refugees International and an outspoken voice for the protection of civilians in conflict and displaced persons around the world. Her ongoing focus includes advocacy for displaced Pakistanis, as well as Iraqis displaced in Iraq, Jordan, Syria and other countries after the 2003 Iraq conflict and for the millions of Syrians displaced since the onset of the Syrian civil war in 2011. She has also been an expert advisor to the United Nations focusing on implementation of the MDGs in Central Asia and on behalf of Colombia’s displaced. Queen Noor has been an advisor to, and global advocate for, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines since 1998, travelling to Central and Southeast Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America to advocate for the ban with governments, support NGOs, and land mine survivors struggling to recover and reclaim their lives. She has testified before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus appealing for humanitarian assistance and justice for hundreds of thousands of landmine victims worldwide. She is a founding leader of Global Zero, an international movement working for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons. She represented Global Zero at the historic 2009 UN Security Council meeting and was an advisor to the 2010 documentary film, Countdown to Zero about the escalating global nuclear arms threat. Queen Noor is also involved with a number of other international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery such as the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and Seeds of Peace. She is also President of the United World Colleges (UWC), a network of 13 equal-opportunity international IB colleges around the world, which foster cross-cultural understanding and global peace; and a Trustee of the Aspen Institute. Queen Noor has focused extensively on the Balkans since her first humanitarian mission in 1996 after the tragic fall of Srebrenica. She became a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons in June 2001.

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