Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain participates in delivering a speech before the United Nations General Assembly: We call for a global mobilization to teach the peace curricula developed by the Foundation, which is an Arab-Kuwaiti initiative. We will implement it under the supervision of educators.
September 13, 2019
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation participated in a high-level forum on the culture of peace, organized by the United Nations General Assembly, held yesterday (Friday) at its headquarters in New York. The invitation came from the President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa.
This forum commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and Programme of Action on the Culture of Peace. The Foundation's participation included a speech delivered by its Chairman, Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, which was presented on his behalf by Dr. Touhami Abdouli, the Director General of the Foundation. The event was attended by representatives of the member states of the General Assembly. This year's focus was on "Culture of Peace: Empowering and Transforming Humanity," reflecting the sustainable value of the culture of peace to advance the change agenda for 2030.
The speech of Mr. Albabtain discussed the issues of just peace through the curricula developed by the Foundation for teaching the culture of just peace from early childhood to university levels. The speech highlighted:
"Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation presented to the United Nations General Assembly a project for teaching the culture of peace for the sake of securing the future generations. The Foundation has moved to a new phase that we consider a significant step forward in our history and the history of the culture of peace. Today, having completed the project of preparing books for teaching the culture of just peace, we feel content, serene, and happy because we have fulfilled this humanitarian commitment. Our happiness will be complete when we teach these generations, in earnest and rationally, the culture of just peace."
The speech elaborated: "The just struggle is not a battle on the battlefield; it is a struggle for just peace. The books will be used by students under the guidance and supervision of educators. We have prepared two books for the first and second levels targeting preschool children aged between 4 and 6 years old. This is followed by the primary stage, with two books for the first and second levels targeting ages 6 to 8 years old. We have also developed four books for the remaining levels of primary school, three books for the preparatory stage, and three books for secondary education. For universities, we have dedicated four books with an academic, abstract, and practical nature."
The speech clarified: "These publications are the result of human thought that unites us. This Arab-Kuwaiti initiative was realized with the contributions of the world's best experts, under the supervision of an international committee selected from over 20 countries representing diverse cultures. These books embody the best available teaching programs and incorporate the best means of social education communication so that every country in the world can adapt and add what suits their culture."
The speech continued: "In the context of the Foundation's openness to the world, we deemed it appropriate to formulate it in the language of global dialogue—English, which is understood by most of the world's population. We will make every effort to translate it into the other five official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish."
The speech called for global mobilization through collective efforts to distribute these books worldwide and teach the culture of peace.
In a related context, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Fernanda, praised the role of the Foundation in promoting the culture of peace and the dedication of Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain to this culture among nations.
It's worth noting that this is the third time that Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the President of the Foundation, has been invited to speak about the culture of peace at the United Nations General Assembly.