Jordan King inaugurates international summit for children

With leaders and Nobel laureates. Enphasis on Syrian refugees

26 March, 20:05

    The winning photograph 'UNICEF Photo of  the Year 2017' by Muhammed Muheisen from AP of Syrian refugee girl Zahra Mahmoud, 5. The winning photograph 'UNICEF Photo of the Year 2017' by Muhammed Muheisen from AP of Syrian refugee girl Zahra Mahmoud, 5.

    AMMAN - King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday inaugurated the 2nd Nobel Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit at king Hussein centre in the Dead Sea in presence of former world leaders, Nobel Laureates and children rights stakeholders.

    Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife are among the high profile guests of the summit as well as about 450 participants from around around the world.

    The summit will see participants engaged in dialogue on means of protecting children from human rights abuse, creating safe environment and social integration for refugees in host countries. Participants will work together to priorities the world's children in their spheres of influence, said organizers, according to organizers.

    A special emphasis will be put on refugees and displaced children from the war torn Syria and other countries from around the Middle East, who fled their homes in search for security and stability.

    Access to education, health care and protection from abuse in the new environment represent a major challenge for children rights groups and governments, according to Jordanian officials.

    The summit is meant to lay the foundation for a more sustainable and forward-thinking leadership to safeguard the future of the world's children, particularly in the face of global challenges and chronic social challenges impacting communities worldwide. 

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