Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation signs an agreement with the "European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation"
January 30, 2018
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation to oversee the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Chair for Peace and develop courses on the culture of peace. This project was proposed by Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain in September last year to the United Nations, titled "Culture of Peace for the Security of Future Generations."
The agreement includes the development of teaching methods for the subject of the culture of peace in European universities and was signed by both the President of the Foundation, Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, and the Secretary-General of the European Centre, George Ulrich. A special committee will be responsible for preparing the curriculum for the Culture of Peace courses.
The signing ceremony was attended by the former President of the Maltese Parliament, Michael Frendo, the former Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charles Ferdinand Nothomb, the President of the North-South Centre, Terry Rod Larsen, the former Coordinator of the United Nations, Michel Capasso, the President of the Mediterranean Foundation, and George Ulrich, Secretary-General of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. Also present were Laura Troisi, Secretary-General of the World Academy of Poetry, Luigi Moccia, President of the Altiero Spinelli Centre.
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain commented on the significance of this agreement, stating that they have commenced the practical steps of the proposal he presented to the United Nations General Assembly on September 7th of the previous year, which received UN approval. The project falls under the Foundation's initiative titled "Culture of Peace for the Security of Future Generations." The positive reception encouraged them to continue taking practical steps in collaboration with peace advocates worldwide, human rights organizations, and universities.
Albabtain expressed that his meeting with George Orlich and all committee members was productive and motivating, as their perspectives aligned on disseminating a culture of peace in the world, given the humanitarian crises that people are facing today. Albabtain pointed out that Orlich understands the message of just peace that the Foundation seeks to achieve through its new educational and pedagogical project. He showed willingness to collaborate in this realm through his position as the Secretary-General of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation.
Furthermore, Albabtain highlighted that the international committee, selected to develop curricula on peace, has commenced its meetings and outlined the main directions to continue the project initiated by the foundation concerning "Security of Future Generations." This initiative stems from an educational perspective, commencing in childhood and extending to prepare generations that are imbued with a culture of accepting others and respecting their history and present. This aims to establish peace among nations on the basis of fairness.