Prince El Hassan

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H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan addresses the Conference on the contrast between economic development and social equity, especially in terms of natural resources. He discusses the various possible ways of closing this gap, including through a Global Social Charter which works towards just distribution of resources and human security.

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal is interested and involved in humanitarian and interfaith issues, with particular stress on the human dimension of conflicts.  He co-chaired the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI), 1983 and is currently President and Patron of the Arab Thought Forum and President Emeritus of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. In April, 2002, His Royal Highness joined the Board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and is currently serving as a Commissioner on Legal Empowerment for the Poor. In September 2003, His Royal Highness was elected Chairman of an Independent Eminent Experts group, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to implement the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that took place in Durban in 2001. His Royal Highness is a founding member of the Parliament of Cultures which was established in Istanbul in July 2002, the purpose of which is to promote understanding among cultures of the world and to enhance dialogue among their thinkers and intellectuals. He is currently working with American Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on a programme called Partners in Humanity which aims to improve understanding and build positive relationships between the Muslim world and the United States. His Royal Highness served as a Commissioner on the Independent International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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