Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the Chairman of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, officially inaugurated today the "Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Chair for Peace in Europe" during an international conference held by the Foundation at the University of Rome III.
November 21, 2017
The event was graced by the presence of distinguished personalities and intellectuals, including former Italian Minister of the Interior, Vincenzo Scotti, former Belgian Foreign Minister, Charles Nottomb, and Michael Farrugia, President of the Maltese Parliament. Also in attendance were George Orak, Secretary-General of the European Universities Center for Human Rights and Democracy, and Nageeb Faraj, a representative from the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York. A special video message from former Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio, was delivered to the conference attendees.
On this momentous occasion, the Chairman of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation delivered a speech, in which he expressed his belief that the inauguration of the "Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Chair for Peace in Europe" at the University of Rome III marks a significant historical step. He emphasized the crucial importance of nurturing and advancing a culture of peace. He also underscored that the Foundation considers this inauguration as a tangible manifestation of its principles and the unwavering commitment of the State of Kuwait. Over the past three decades, the Foundation has diligently devoted its efforts and activities to two interconnected themes: fostering intercultural dialogue based on understanding and respect, and promoting the culture of peace through clear action plans and mechanisms, ultimately striving to achieve the noble objective of establishing sustainable peace among nations.
Moreover, Albabtain added: "In this context, on September 7th of this year, during the United Nations General Assembly, I proposed a comprehensive humanitarian project that fulfills the aspirations of all peoples around the world, and I titled it 'Project for the Security of Future Generations.' Its essence lies in our collective commitment, without exception, involving the entire international community, member states, governments, and civil institutions, to incorporate dedicated courses on peace in educational curricula and materials. This initiative should start from early childhood education, extend through schools and institutes, and continue to university-level education."
He continued "As part of our commitment to this endeavour, we have already begun preparing a general outline for these programs, in both Arabic and English, to align with different educational levels, in preparation for presenting them at the General Assembly in September 2018."
Albabtain clarified the mission of the Peace Chair, stating that it involves the following:
1. Educating students about the established principles of peace, expanding on them, and further developing them.
2. Training and empowering students with specific skills to achieve peace.
3. Contributing to the elimination of terrorism and extremist ideologies.