What do you see as America's potential as a Service Nation?
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan is an international humanitarian activist and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. Queen Noor plays a major role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues. Her conflict recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.
As President and Honorary President of United World Colleges, Queen Noor and Nelson Mandela unite to foster peace and international understanding through the global education initiative.Queen Noor‘s work in Jordan since 1978 has focused on national development needs in the areas of education, sustainable development, human rights and cross-cultural understanding. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields.
The initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) which she chairs have transformed development thinking in Jordan through pioneering programs in the areas of poverty eradication, health, women’s empowerment, microfinance, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange, many of which are internationally acclaimed models for the Middle East and the developing world. As chair of the King Hussein Foundation, Queen Noor dedicates the Sun Microsystems Center at the Foundation’s Jubilee School for exceptional students, a pioneer in distance and computer-assisted learning.
Question: What do you see as America's potential as a Service Nation?
Queen: I think it’s tremendously encouraging that both presidential candidates, let’s say the next president of the United States committed to both the principles and the mission of ServiceNation yesterday, and I think that this organization because of that kind of commitment and the broad spectrum of people who have joined together to make this summit possible and to bring it alive today and yesterday, that has an enormous possibility. If we do not follow through and we all have a responsibility to follow through, we are missing an enormous opportunity to really transform. I think, the… transform so many people in this country beginning with the young people and really for all generations especially as baby boomers now, who have I think an enormous opportunity to contribute even more to this country and to the larger world, I think ServiceNation can be a catalyst, a motivator, and a transformational movement if we all continue with a spirit and the energy that we’ve seen last night and today. And if we make it a public, private series of partnerships that are all focused on bringing out the best in the people of this country and in our relationships doing the same with the people in the rest of the world.
"We all have a responsibility to follow through," Queen Noor says.
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