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Post  Mr. Chips on Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:00 pm

Her Majesty Queen Noor was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on 23 August 1951, to an Arab-American family distinguished for its public service. She attended schools in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Concord Academy in Massachusetts, before entering Princeton University in its first co-educational freshman class.
After receiving a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University in 1974, Queen Noor worked on international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the United States, and Jordan from where she traveled throughout the Arab World to research aviation training facilities. Subsequently, she joined ‘Royal Jordanian’ airline as Director of Planning and Design Projects.

Their Majesties, King Hussein and Queen Noor, were married on 15 June 1978. They have two sons: HRH Prince Hamzah (born 29 March 1980), and HRH Prince Hashim (born 10 June 1981), and two daughters: HRH Princess Iman (born 24 April 1983), and HRH Princess Raiyah (born 9 February 1986). Their family also included the children of His Majesty’s previous marriage: Ms. Abir Muheisen, HRH Princess Haya, and HRH Prince Ali.

Since 1978, Queen Noor has initiated, directed, and sponsored projects and activities in Jordan to address specific national development needs in the areas of education, culture, women and children’s welfare, human rights, conflict resolution, community development, environmental and architectural conservation, public architecture, and urban planning. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields. Queen Noor has played a major role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Middle Eastern politics, Arab-Western relations, and humanitarian and conflict prevention, and recovery issues throughout the world, such as youth drug abuse, refugees, and disarmament.
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In 1979, Queen Noor chaired the National Committee for the International Year of the Child and actively launched a national immunization campaign, children’s parks, and literature programs, as well as an initiative to establish Jordan’s first children’s hospital. Also, in 1979, the Queen established the Royal Endowment for Culture and Education (RECE), which conducted the first research on the country’s specific manpower needs and awards scholarships, with special emphasis on outstanding women, for graduate studies in fields vital to Jordan’s future development.

In 1980, the Queen convened the first Arab Children’s Congress, which annually brings together children from throughout the Arab world for two weeks of activities designed to promote understanding, tolerance, and solidarity. During two weeks of travel, learning, and cultural interaction in Jordan, the children are encouraged to discuss and debate contemporary issues and challenges facing the Arab nations and to appreciate the cultural and historical bonds shared by all Arabs.

In 1981, Queen Noor, with a group of Jordanian philanthropists, faculty, and students from Yarmouk University in northern Jordan, founded the Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts. The annual festival provides a vibrant venue—as one of Jordan’s most important archaeological sites—for Arab and international performing artists, and serves as a dynamic catalyst for the promotion of Jordanian and Arab culture and arts. In 1984, Queen Noor assumed responsibility for the implementation of an educational project to commemorate His Majesty King Hussein’s Silver Jubilee. The Jubilee School, an independent co-educational secondary school, was established in 1993 to develop the academic and leadership potential of outstanding scholarship students from the country and the region, with special emphasis on students from less developed areas of Jordan. The School provides a unique educational environment, which promotes creative thinking, leadership and conflict-resolution skills, scientific and technological expertise, and social responsibility. The School’s Center for Excellence in Education advances national and regional educational standards through the development of innovative curricula and training programs, and workshops for public and private school teachers. The National Music Conservatory was initiated by Queen Noor in 1985 to develop accomplished musicians in classical Arabic and Western music, to foster music appreciation, and to promote teacher training and public school music curricula in Jordan. Its annual program includes concerts, recitals, and instruction by local and world-renowned international musicians.

The National Handicrafts Development Project was launched by the Queen in 1985 to revive and preserve a unique aspect of Jordan’s national heritage. In partnership with Save the Children (U.S.), the Bani Hamida and Jordan River Design projects were established as successful community-development handicraft-production models. Subsequently, the Jordan Design and Trade Center was established to raise the standards of national handicrafts production, to increase women’s productivity and economic role, to create new jobs, marketing strategies, and opportunities for the industry to become a new, sustainable source of national income.
Also, in 1985, the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) was established to consolidate and integrate the Queen’s diverse and expanding development initiatives. The Foundation initiates and supports national, regional, and international projects in the fields of integrated community development, micro finance, women and enterprise development, child and family health, and education and culture. NHF programs successfully advanced and modernized development thinking in Jordan by progressing beyond traditional charity-oriented social welfare practices, to integrate social development strategies more closely with national economic priorities. NHF projects promote individual and community self-reliance, grassroots participation in decision-making and project implementation, equal opportunity, with special emphasis on the empowerment of women, and intersectoral co-operation.

The NHF Quality of Life Project and Women-in-Development Projects, the Institute for Child Health and Development, the Jubilee School, the National Handicrafts Development Project, the National Music Conservatory, the Performing Arts Center, and the Jordan Micro Credit Company have been recognized and supported by the United Nations and other international organizations as development models for the Middle East and the developing world.
In 1986, Queen Noor launched Jordan’s and the Arab World’s first children’s museum, the Children’s Heritage and Science Museum, and in 1988, the Mobile Life and Science Museum, as an outreach program for the children’s museum targeting young people in rural areas. Using computers, books, exhibits, and hands-on educational and recreational activities, young children learn about environmental protection, health, the sciences, and Jordan’s history.

In 1995, His Majesty King Hussein directed Queen Noor to establish and chair a National Task Force for Children (NTFC) to monitor and evaluate the condition and status of Jordan’s children in accordance with Arab and international conventions on the rights of the child and the National Plan of Action for Children. To encourage and facilitate cooperation among often competing organizations, the NTFC established the National Coalition for Children in 1997 as a forum to coordinate and promote partnerships among all public and private institutions, and NGOs involved with children’s affairs. The NTFC also established a national policy and research center as well as Jordan’s first child information system on the World Wide Web. The research center was restructured in 2001 to operate under the name of The Information and Research Center (IRC). The IRC has focused on critically important issues, such as child labor, urban poverty, youth and culture, smoking among teens, and gaps and priorities in development research and programs.

She chaired the Al Amal Cancer Center (1997-2001)—Jordan’s first comprehensive cancer center serving Jordan and the region. Recently the center was renamed The King Hussein Cancer Center.
In 1999, His Majesty King Abdullah issued a royal decree establishing the King Hussein Foundation, chaired by Queen Noor. The Foundation is a national and international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to give meaningful expression to the late King’s humanitarian vision and legacy with emphasis on democracy, peace, education, leadership, health, and the environment. Through the King Hussein Foundation, the Jubilee School partners with national and international organizations to develop an innovative program integrating state-of-the-art multimedia communications technology into the national curriculum for math, science, and English. The Jordan Society in Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization initiated by Queen Noor in 1980 to promote understanding and closer ties between Jordan and the United States, was reconstituted as the King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI) in 1999.

Queen Noor is an active patron or president of several national institutions, which serve the Jordanian community. These include: the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, the Petra National Trust, the Royal Society of Fine Arts, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, the SOS Children’s Village Association, the Queen Noor Technical College for Civil Aviation, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the Jordanian Physiotherapy Society, the Jordan Tennis Federation, and the Women’s Sports Club.

International Activities
Internationally, the Queen is Patron of The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the oldest international conservation organization in the world, Honorary President of BirdLife International, the widest global network of conservation organizations, and a board member of World Wildlife Fund International (WWF), the largest, privately supported international conservation organization dedicated to protecting the world’s wildlife and wildlands. In 1995, she received the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award for her activism in environmental protection, in promoting awareness, and in initiating community action for the preservation of Jordan’s natural heritage.

She is President of the United World Colleges (UWC), a network of 10 equal-opportunity international colleges around the world which foster cross-cultural understanding and global peace; Chair of the international advisory committee for the United Nations University International Leadership Academy (UNU/ILA), the first global leadership training facility as well as the first UN university institution to be initiated and established in the Middle East. Queen Noor is Honorary Chair of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building, which brings together Jordanians, Palestinians, and Israelis to improve the living conditions of the region’s poor. The Queen is also an Adviser to the global initiative, Women Waging Peace, and Patron of International Alert’s Women and Peace-building campaign, which focus on women’s role and contribution to peace building and conflict resolution. She is also a board member of Seeds of Peace, an organization that brings children from the Middle East and other conflict-wracked regions together to provide them an opportunity to break down the barriers of prejudice and build mutual respect, as well as producing a significant network of future leaders and activists for peace who value communication over confrontation; a board member of Refugees International (RI) that serves refugees, displaced persons, and other dispossessed people around the world; and a member of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)—the first organization that has ever attempted to create a process to search for, recover, and identify missing persons from the armed conflicts in the regions of the former Yugoslavia between 1991-1999. Its Forensic Sciences Programme incorporates the use of scientifically accurate DNA methods in an effort to obtain near indisputable evidence of a missing person’s identity.

Queen Noor has assumed an advocacy role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). As Patron of Landmine Survivors Network (LSN), she hosted the first “International Conference on Landmine Injury & Rehabilitation in the Middle East” in Amman in 1998, and visited landmine ravaged countries around the world advocating world leaders to sign and ratify the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty. On 1 October 1998, Queen Noor, member of the international advisory board of the Nobel Prize winning ICBL, announced the 40th ratification of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty at the United Nations, as well as new measures to universalize the treaty and to promote victim-survivors assistance.

She is Chair of the advisory board of the Center for the Study of the Global South at American University, which examines critical issues affecting the poorer developing countries of the world, and a trustee of the American Cancer Society Foundation.

In 1994, Queen Noor, a member of the International Commission on Peace and Food (ICPF), presented the results of a five-year international research program: "Uncommon Opportunities: An Agenda For Peace And Equitable Development" to the United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali for adoption by the UN. The report presented practical strategies to accelerate political stability, progress, and peace to ensure food security and employment, and to promote human development, demilitarization, and environmental protection. She is a Director on the global board of The Hunger Project and Ambassador of Future Harvest—a network of international research centers located around the world that seek to make agricultural issues and the need for international agricultural research more immediate and relevant to policymakers, the media, and the general public.
The Queen is also an Honorary Member of the General Assembly of the SOS-Kinderdorf International—a network of villages for orphans and abandoned children around the world, as well as a member of the International Council of the Near East Foundation—a private, nonprofit, development agency that helps people in the Middle East and Africa build better lives for themselves and their communities. The Queen is a Trustee of the Mentor Foundation, a global youth drug abuse prevention initiative, President of Journey of a Lifetime Trust in the U.K., and a member of the honorary Global Committee of the Center for Development and Population Activities.

Upon her marriage, Queen Noor received Jordan’s Grand Cordon of the Jeweled Al Nahda, and, in 1980, the Grand Collar of Al Hussein Bin Ali in addition to state decorations from around the world. In recognition of her efforts to advance development, democracy, and peace, she has been awarded numerous international awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters.

Queen Noor speaks Arabic, English, and French. She enjoys skiing, water skiing, tennis, sailing, horseback riding, reading, gardening, and photography.







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