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Queen Rania inaugurates JRF annual exhibition – ‘Zawaya’

• In an aesthetically pleasing display of interior decoration, the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) on Tuesday unveiled its annual exhibition of handicrafts born from the labors of over 700 women benefiting from income-generating projects throughout the Kingdom.

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdallah toured the display of original and innovative products at the JRF showroom, and expressed delight at the simple yet contemporary designs focusing on traditional Jordanian and Islamic motifs that blend into modern interiors.This year’s exhibition has taken a new dimension with regards to JRF’s outlook of empowering individuals. For the very first time, seven young designers have participated in creating new products for the Foundation. The exhibition, which will continue through August 4, is considered to be a fundamental tool in promoting the handicraft products of hard working women who are helping in the social and economic development of their communities. With artistic pieces arranged around JRF showrooms as if in the salon or living room of a real Jordanian home, 'Zawaya' (Corners) is a fitting heading for this year’s exhibition, which is sponsored by Abu Shakra Co. and can be viewed at the Jordan River Foundation Showroom at the first circle in Jabal Amman .

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Arab Children Conference kicks off in Amman

• Under the patronage of Queen Noor Al Hussein, the 24th Arab Children Conference, organized by the Noor Al Hussein Foundation Performance Arts Center, started on Monday. The annual conference is held this year under the title “My Heritage Is My Identity”, a motto that stems from the importance of crystallizing the Arab identity into a solid base for cultural exchange with different peoples as we move towards globalization in a modern style. As the conference coincides with UNESCO’s declaration on “Cultural Diversity”, a series of cultural seminars will be organized during the event in collaboration with UNESCO. Director of the Center Lina Al Tal said children,14 to 16 years old, from Arab and other countries are participating in the conference to exchange expertise and knowledge.

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Khalaf wins Danish media award

• Novo Nordisk held a gathering at Le Royal Hotel on Sunday to announce the winner of Novo Nordisk Media Prize 2004. Jordanian journalist Hala Khalaf won the award of euro1000 for her article on diabetes entitled, “The Truth about Diabetes” which was published in JO magazine. The second place went to Noor Al Saleh for her article “Life is Larger than Diabetes”, which was published in The Star. The company’s representative in Amman Hazem Zaitun said the prize aims to promote awareness about diabetes in Jordan and its repercussions, where diabetics total 500,000. Novo Nordisk’s representatives, participants in the competition and local press representatives attended the event. The committee of judges was composed of Dr Nadim Jarrah, from the Jordanian Association for Diabetes, Mr Haidar Mdanat from Al Rai’ Newspaper, and Osama El-Sherif, editor-in-chief of Ad-Dustour newspaper. Khalaf, a former columnist at The Star, will compete for a grand prize of euro10,000 in the international competition, which will be organized by Novo Nordisk in Denmark next September.

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Khader patronizes World Justice Day ceremony

• Minister of State and Government Spokesperson Asma Khader said during a special function in observance of the World Justice Day that Jordan was honored to be the first Arab country to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She noted Jordan’s efforts aimed to further consolidate international justice. In recognition of her role in this field, Her Majesty Queen Rania was elected by ICC member states to the Board of Directors of the Credit Fund for the Victims of International Crimes. Khader also noted Jordan’s prominent role at the International Court of Justice regarding Israel’s Separation Wall in the occupied West Bank. Jordan was the only Arab country that submitted legal evidence to the court, whose ruling affirmed the illegality of the wall, Khader added.

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Solana ends his visit to Kingdom

• After meeting King Abdallah, Prime Minister Faisal El Fayez and Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher, Dr Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief, ended his visit to Jordan by holding a press conference at The Embassy of the Netherlands. Dr Solana said his visit to the Middle East aims to talk to the region’s leaders about current issues in the Middle East and he feels this tour will contribute in consolidating the new Iraqi government. Solana drew attention to the fact that the EU stresses on three very important elements in the Iraqi issue, which are: Settlement, security, and unity for the Iraqis. He added that UN's help is needed in transferring the full leadership to the Iraqis themselves especially regarding the elections. On the Palestinian issue, Solana advised Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to allow Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei more say in decisions regarding security, economy and politics.

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Third forum for Ambassadors

• Jordanian ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions and consuls will participate in the deliberations of the Third Forum for Jordan’s Ambassadors, scheduled for July 25-28. The forum, which is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme “Towards Enhancing the Pioneering Role of the Jordanian Diplomacy” aims at building on the success, which has been achieved on the economic and political levels, since the first forum, two years ago. Official spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, Ali Ayed, said in a press conference on Monday that the forum is held following the achievements and successes of the Jordanian diplomacy which supported the stand of the Palestinians.

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JRCS hosts youth grouping

• The Jordanian Red Crescent Society (JRCS) organized, within the Euro-Med Program, a youth exchange gathering entitled “Building Environmental Awareness” on July 18 -29. Youth groups from Sweden, Scotland, Belgium, Tunisia, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan are taking part in the event. JRCS Secretary General Fahad Al Ejjeh said that a series of workshops will be held to keep the participants in close contact with their surroundings and help them implement environmental plans. The participants will also make scientific field visits across the Kingdom.

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Jordan to participate in Frankfurt Book Fair 2004

• The International Frankfurt Book Fair, which is scheduled October 4-11, will host the Arab world as guest of honor. Member of the participating Arab committee, Faisal Shayeb, outlined on Sunday in a press conference, the Jordanian participation in the Fair. “A number of Jordanian intellectuals will take part in the Fair, which is expected to draw more than 5 million people,’’ Shayeb said.

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Workshop on digital national water master plan

• The Digital National Water Master Plan workshop started on Sunday in Amman with a view to deal with the challenges of the water sector in Jordan. The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in cooperation with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). In the opening session of the two-day workshop, Minister of Water and Irrigation and Minister of Agriculture Hazem Al Nasser said the new digital and dynamic National Water Master Plan 2004, which was designed in close cooperation between the ministry and the GTZ, within the framework of the “Water Sector Support Planning Project”, presents a digital planning solution for achieving a balance between water resources and water demand until 2020, to ensure sufficient drinking water for the growing Jordanian population.

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Jordan as member of UN Council

• Jordan was elected member of a committee at the UN Social and Economic Council which is interested in devoting science and technology for development purposes. Jordanian expert Walid Sa’adi was also elected as member of the UN committee entrusted with economic, social and cultural rights.

Amman,08August2004
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