Building peace in the minds of men and women

Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan named UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace

02 October 2017


Designation ceremony of H.R.H. Princess Sumaya, Kingdom of Jordan, as UNESCO Special Envoy for Science in Peace
© UNESCO/Christelle ALIX

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will name Princess Sumaya bint Hassan of Jordan as a UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (2017-2019) in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 2 October at 7 pm.

Princesse Sumaya bint El Hassan is named in recognition of her efforts to promote science as a power to bring countries together and contribute to positive changes in society, for her commitment to strengthening the development of scientific thinking in her native country and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”

As a UNESCO Special Envoy, the Princess will support the work of the Organization in science diplomacy, notably during the forthcoming World Science Forum, which will take place in Jordan from 7 to 11 November.

A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is passionate about science and has been the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan since 2006. She is also the Deputy-Chair of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, a government body that advises Jordan on public policy issues relating to science and technology. Princess Sumaya has supported SESAME, the Synchroton-light for experimental science and applications in the Middle East, located in Allan, Jordan.

UNESCO Special Envoys are exceptional personalities who serve as standard-bearers for the Organization. Through their professional activities and personal charisma, they help ensure that UNESCO’s message is heard worldwide.


Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony are requested to contact Djibril Kebe at UNESCO’s Media Section: +33(0)145681741