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King patronizes opening of Generations for Peace Institute

[5/5/2011 12:00:00 AM]

AMMAN--His Majesty King Abdullah II patronized on Wednesday the opening of the Generation for Peace Institute and unveiled a commemorative plaque of the institute which was established at Al Hussein Sports City.

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein founder and chairman of Generation for Peace said the program aims to boost peace building and focuses on the need to build tolerance and understanding through sports. During the ceremony which was attended by Their Royal Highnesses Princess Sarah Al Faisal, and Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein, Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit, the King's Advisor for Media Affairs and Communications Amjad Adayleh, and a number of ministers, Prince Faisal said Generation for Peace entered into a partnership with University of Oxford to conduct studies designed to develop programs of Generation for Peace.

The ceremony also included a documentary on Generation of Peace initiative and programs it implemented since it was launched 4 years ago.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge said Generation for peace works to spread sports values among peoples of the world and use them to bring about peace in the world.

"Participants in its programs are ambassadors of their communities to enhance the values of peace, he said, adding sports could solve problems around the world, spread positive values and achieve social integration.

A press conference that brought together Their Royal Highnesses Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein and Princess Sarah Al Faisal as well as president of the International Olympic Committee highlighted the importance of youth participation in the peace initiative programs and in spreading the culture of volunteerism.

Prince Faisal said in an interview with Jordan News Agency, Petra that Generation for Peace Institute aims to use sports as a means to achieve cooperation and understanding among peoples.

He said Generation for Peace camps included participants from Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, the UAE, Oman and Sudan, adding their participation was effective and started work to spread the values of Generation of Peace when they returned to their countries.

The global initiative Generations For Peace, which was founded by Prince Feisal in 2007, uses sport as a vehicle for peace building in divided communities.

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