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Autumn weather conditions prevail until Monday

[9/23/2017 5:29:34 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Autumn-like weather is forecast until Monday, with temperatures in Amman are forecast to range between a high of 30 degrees Celsius during the day and a low of 20 at night, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily update. Winds will be north-westerly moderate picking up during the afternoon hours. The gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea, the JMD added, can expect a relatively hot weather, while autumn-like weather is expected in hilly areas, with moderate winds stirring dust in the Badia regions.

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King back home

[9/22/2017 4:27:08 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II on Friday returned back home after concluding a working visit to New York, U.S., where he led Jordan's delegation to the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. While in New York, King Abdullah held a series of meetings with heads of states and delegations participating in the UN gathering. The talks dealt with the latest regional and international developments and efforts aimed at pushing the peace process forward. The King's meetings also tackled counterterror efforts and development in Syria, as well as means of supporting Jordan with regard of the Syrian refugees. King Abdullah also met the U.S. President Donald Trump and discussed with him ways to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Talks also dealt with ways to boost cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries and upgrade coordination and consultation on different issues.

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FM, Norway's counterpart co-chair meeting on youth, peace and security

[9/22/2017 4:25:30 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi and his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende, Thursday co-chaired a meeting on youth, peace and security that was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. During the meeting, in which the UN secretary-general took part, Safadi underscored the important role of youth in preserving peace and promoting development, as well as preventing violent radicalization. He also highlighted the importance of empowering the youths, ensuring they receive better education and creating a proper environment for their effective participation in building peace. The minister also reviewed Jordan's initiatives to promote youths' participation in building peace and countering violent radicalization. He also referred to the UN security council's resolution No. 2250 on youth, peace and security. Safadi announced the formation of the "Youth Champions" group comprising a number of states, which aim at ensuring a continued political commitment to realizing the youths' agendas of peace and security. The diplomat met UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the sidelines of UN General Assembly for a discussion on efforts to bring about a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

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Crown Prince delivers Jordan’s address at UN General Assembly

[9/22/2017 4:22:51 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Crown Prince: I stand before you as a representative of my beloved Jordan, but also as a member of the largest generation of young people in history Crown Prince: We are proud of our country’s reputation, but kind words don’t balance budgets, build schools or bolster employment Crown Prince: To bring down unemployment and create the jobs needed for youth and future generations, we need to drastically improve our investment climate; enhance integrity and accountability; advance our education system and support young entrepreneurs Crown Prince: What does it say about our common humanity, when last year alone the world spent close to 1.7 trillion dollars on arms, but fell short by less than 1.7 billion in fulfilling the UN appeal to support Syrian refugees and host communities in countries like Jordan? Crown Prince: What does it say when trillions are spent waging wars in our region, but little to take our region to safer shores? Crown Prince: It sometimes feels like the world’s conscience is on ‘silent’ mode Crown Prince: Yet in the face of these daunting challenges, we did not back down from our ideals, or our values. We did not turn our backs on people in need Crown Prince: We have done the right thing, over and over again, because that is what real integrity means Crown Prince: We have staunchly upheld our duty as Hashemite Custodians of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem Crown Prince: We have been unwavering in the international war against terrorism and our promotion of the true values of Islam New York, Sept. 22 (Petra) -- Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II delivered Jordan’s address at the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday. In the speech, Crown Prince Al Hussein outlined the unprecedented challenges facing the "largest generation of young people in history". "Our hyper-connected world is at once bringing people closer together and widening the divisions between them," His Royal Highness said, noting that "the young people of my generation are asking In which direction does our collective moral compass point, and can it guide us safely to justice, prosperity and peace for all?" Young people, the Crown Prince said, are often dismissed as idealists, "but idealism is not foolish; it is fearless. It invigorates us to lift our reality to the level of our higher ideals, not compromise our ideals in the face of adversity". His Royal Highness then posed "some rudimentary questions" about the current state of the world, using Jordan as a launch-pad. Highlighting the external shocks and crises Jordan has weathered over the years, the Crown Prince cited the wars in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and worsening prospects for peace in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as the global financial crisis and several energy crises. "I do not know of any other country in recent history that has gone through such an onslaught of crises and found itself surrounded by so many conflicts through no fault of its own," His Royal Highness continued, noting that Jordan is one of the largest hosts of refugees in the world despite its limited resources. "Yet in the face of these daunting challenges, we did not back down from our ideals, or our values. We did not turn our backs on people in need," the Crown Prince stressed, adding that Jordan did not falter in its reform efforts. Acknowledging that Jordan still needs to advance its education system, enhance integrity and accountability, improve the investment climate, and support young entrepreneurs to effectively reduce unemployment; His Royal Highness said aid is "a necessary runway" for political and economic reforms to fully take off. Despite these challenges, Jordan has steadfastly supported regional and international peace efforts and the fight against terrorism, while also calling for inclusiveness and moderation, the Crown Prince asserted. "We have remained steadfast in our commitment to a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-state solution," His Royal Highness stressed, highlighting Jordan’s commitment to the Hashemite Custodianship of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. "We have done the right thing, over and over again, because that is what real integrity means, but how has the world reacted?" the Crown Prince asked. "No doubt, Jordan is regularly praised for its humanitarian and moral stance but kind words don’t balance budgets, build schools or bolster employment," His Royal Highness stressed. Young Jordanians, the Crown Prince continued, are wondering how Jordan is left alone to struggle "in the face of such crushing adversity" under the pretext of donor fatigue. "What does it say about our common humanity, when last year alone the world spent close to 1.7 trillion dollars on arms, but fell short by less than 1.7 billion in fulfilling the UN appeal to support Syrian refugees and host communities in countries like Jordan?" There are no good answers, His Royal Highness asserted, noting that "the message to the youth of Jordan and our region is loud and clear: there is no shortage of money for fighting evil, but the appetite for rewarding virtue is nearly non-existent." "The United Nations is our global conscience, but for too many in my country, and others around the world trying to do good, it sometimes feels like the world’s conscience is on ‘silent’ mode," the Crown Prince said, calling for breaking the silence to "unleash a global current that carries our common humanity to safer shores". "Our commitment to peace, moderation and international cooperation is uncompromising. Water a thirsty fruit-bearing tree or continue to add fuel to a raging fire? The world has a choice to make," His Royal Highness concluded.

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Canadian Gov't helps Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon meet needs of Syrian refugees

[9/21/2017 4:41:58 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Canadian government on Thursday said it is helping Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon meet the needs of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries as part of its Middle East engagement strategy. A statement issued by the ministers of immigration and international development said: "We are all capable of showing empathy toward those seeking refuge. The overwhelming generosity with which Canadians have recently welcomed more than 40,000 Syrian refugees is an example of how, in the face of rising xenophobia and hardening borders, Canada always chooses peace, compassion, protection of human rights and inclusion. "We must uphold human dignity at a time when internal conflicts are proliferating and humanitarian principles, international laws and human rights are increasingly violated", added the statement.

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Queen takes part in Goalkeepers event aimed at accelerating global development agenda

[9/21/2017 4:44:26 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania on Wednesday spoke at an event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York City, joining other world figures in calling on young leaders to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a statement from Her Majesty’s office said. Drawing the participation of former US president Barack Obama, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates, the event, titled “Goalkeepers”, came as part of Queen Rania’s working visit to the US with His Majesty King Abdullah. In her remarks, Her Majesty recalled the launch of the Voyager I space probe 40 years ago, asking those in attendance to “consider how far we have come in that time, right here on Earth”. Speaking before an audience of around 250 people, Queen Rania discussed the many changes the world has seen since the launch of the Voyager I space probe 40 years ago. “We still confront age-old challenges like poverty, inequality, and disease,” Her Majesty said. “We’re dealing with newer challenges too — from melting glaciers and burning forests, to innocent refugee and migrant children dying at sea or in the back of trucks.” In spite of the many benefits of “a world grown closer”, Queen Rania highlighted the tension that can be bred from increased connectivity. “Too often, bias and bigotry are occupying our streets and our screens. As our world opens up, we see hearts closing down,” she said. “But your generation is determined to make a difference, despite our differences; to work together, instead of simply Tweeting past one another.” Her Majesty went on to commend the innovation, creativity and collaborative spirit demonstrated by the world’s youth, explaining that they are harnessing technological innovation in the service of human development, as they understand that progress only counts when it is shared. Urging the audience to “choose courage and compassion over panic and prejudice” and “hope over hatred”, the Queen concluded her remarks by stating that we already have the resources we need to create a more just world. “You can be the generation that takes us from ‘we can’ to ‘we did’,” Her Majesty added. Hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Project Everyone, Goalkeepers 2017 invited leaders from business, civil society, media, technology, academia and government to explore ways to achieve the SDGs adopted by the United Nations in 2015. In 2012, Queen Rania was a selected by former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to take part in a high-level advisory panel on the development of the UN SDGs agenda, which includes targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

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Moderate weather forecast for weekend

[9/21/2017 4:36:44 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Moderate weather conditions are expected on Thursday in the hilly areas, while it will be relatively hot in the Jordan valley, desert and Aqaba, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily brief. Clouds are expected to hover at low altitudes in the northern and central parts of the Kingdom, said the JMD, adding that winds will be northwesterly moderate to brisk blowing dust in the desert region. Autumn-like weather will make its way on Friday to the hilly areas but it is expected to be relatively hot in the Jordan valley, Dead Sea and Ababa, said the JMD. Temperatures in Amman for today will range between a high of 31 degrees Celsius and a low of 20 degrees, while mercury levels in Aqaba will register a high of 39 degrees Celsius dropping down to 28 degrees.

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