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Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain presents a project to the United Nations: Teaching curricula about peace from childhood to university levels.

September 7, 2017

         Yesterday (Thursday), the poet Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain presented a project on peace before the United Nations General Assembly, titled "For the Security of Future Generations."

         Albabtain introduced his project to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson, who welcomed him as a new friend to the United Nations and also presented the project to the representatives of the member states, ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions, and other dignitaries attending the high-level forum on "Planting the Seeds of the Culture of Peace."

         The essence of Albabtain's project lies in "integrating specialized peace lessons into educational curricula and materials, starting from early childhood programs, schools, institutes, and up to university-level education." In his speech, he emphasized that "learners should breathe peace and live peace, not only in every lesson and educational subject but also in all levels of cultural and social interactions."

         Albabtain stated, "I believe that our meeting today is a pivotal moment, as it represents a necessary step towards promoting a culture of peace in the world, serving all of humanity. It is part of a work plan focused specifically on developing and supporting the culture of peace. This noble and lofty objective aligns with the interests of our Foundation and the interests of the State of Kuwait, led by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, may Allah protect him."

         Albabtain considered the visit of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Washington and his meeting with President Donald Trump as a clear expression of the desire for peace.

         Furthermore, Albabtain added in his speech, "I have come from Kuwait, bearing the awareness of our Arab communities. We all firmly believe that the time has truly come for all of us, without exception, the entire international community, member states, governments, and civil institutions, to integrate specialized lessons about peace."

         He passionately appealed to the representatives of the member states to support this project, saying, "I call upon all of you to seek together the necessary political will and to establish a multi-stakeholder system and its relevant bodies to serve this project. I also urge you to adopt legal means to teach the principles of peace and a culture of peace."

         Albabtain revealed the existence of a mechanism undertaken by the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation to realize the project of teaching the culture of peace. He stated, "This project is a cornerstone within a comprehensive path that we are preparing with our partners. I would like to inform you that we are currently working on establishing a specific mechanism in this context. This will involve hosting a major international conference to support peace. Insha'Allah (God willing), this will be done in collaboration with you, starting from the next year."

         Albabtain continued, "I contemplate this project based on a fundamental principle: that peace establishes justice and enables the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals."

         Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain delivered a speech at the International Peace Institute, which was also attended by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson, as well as the President of the International Peace Institute, Terry Rod Larsen, and prominent political, social, and cultural figures.

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