04-03-2014

Princess Sumaya University for Technology MUN Conference PSUTMUN’14 - PAM Vice President Hon. Halaiqa highlights Assembly’s vision in education

Princess Sumaya University for Technology MUN Conference PSUTMUN’14 - PAM Vice President Hon. Halaiqa highlights Assembly’s vision in education

Hon. Mohammed Halaiqa (Jordan),  Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)  Vice-President, addressed the opening ceremony of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology MUN conference PSUTMUN’14, held in Amman, Jordan, between 27 February and 1 March, 2014.

The Conference was dedicated to three priority topics namely, The Evolution of Green Economy: Can We Manage Resources in a Better way? ; The Effects of the Cannabis Seed Use for Medical and Illegal Purposes; Non-Proliferation and Disarmament of Nuclear Weapons.

In his speech, Hon. Halaiqa referred to today’s challenges, including migration, climate change, the resurgence of internal conflicts, international organised crime and terrorism, unemployment, which require a collective effort, a charge of good will, as well as confidence and peace building measures.

“In such an evolving context, it is clear that securing regional stability, in which everybody can enjoy political rights, freedom of faith, social justice, dignity, access to labour markets, availability of  basic resources at affordable prices, represents key conditions for peace and a sustainable socio-economic development”, Hon. Halaiqa added.

PAM regards green economy and management of resources, political stability and security through non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons, along with other topics such as: access to energy, food, water, science and technology, education, job creation, and gender equality, as crucial elements that establish a concrete ground for peace, and in this context, the PAM Vice-President highlighted and shared with the participants some of PAM’s main activities, specifically in the field of education and energy.

PAM’s Standing Committee on inter-cultural dialogue and Human Rights, compliments the work of the other committees in our Assembly, under this committee, fall the issues of education and youth, among others. PAM already tackled these elements in different reports and resolutions and a special seminar was dedicated to this issue in Morocco in 2008, when the “Fez Programme” programme was launched.

It builds on a series of actions in the field of education aimed at fostering cooperation and understanding amongst member states of PAM and the Mediterranean region as a whole. It refers to the promotion of higher education, the organization of meetings between the PAM MPs and students, and the setting up of a “Summer School”.

Hon. Halaiqa, reminded that currently a special PAM team is working on a project proposal by the Observatoire Oceanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer of the University Paris-VI "Pierre et Marie Curie" UPMC - Sorbonne Universities, to possibly host the PAM Summer school in France. As part of the Assembly’s commitment towards the empowerment and advancement of the Youth in the Mediterranean, PAM has joined efforts with a number of key regional and international institutions and organizations like the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Mediterranean Citizen’s Assembly and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

In order to increase awareness for parliamentary diplomacy, PAM is also working on a conference in Fall 2014, hosted by the University of Catania, Italy, in which all universities of the Euro-Mediterranean states, Arab countries and the UNICA (Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe) will be invited to participate. A Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Catania was signed on the occasion of the PAM 8th Plenary Session held in Marseille, a couple of months ago, to formalize this cooperation.

The Assembly is also fully aware of the urgent need to elaborate effective methods to produce green energy, and the Mediterranean region must play a key role in this process, due to its geographical position and its climate, not to mention that this new industry will also create new jobs.

On science and technology, Hon. Halaiqa said that PAM also sees necessary that proper agreements be drawn up to assist in the training of scientists and technologists from the Southern and Eastern regions of the Mediterranean in the various processes used by the North.  It is the hope of PAM that the region be fully incorporated into the Global information network, and such technology would allow the basin, as a whole, to participate.  

To further promote cooperation within the region, PAM supports the establishment of a network of science, innovation and technology (SIT) focal points within the Euro-Mediterranean region and under the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, as well as the proposal by the Group of the ten Western Mediterranean states known as the 5+5 Dialogue, for a structured scientific cooperation in the region.//
 
 

 

 

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Intervention by Hon. Mohammed Halaiqah
Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)
On the occasion of
Princess Sumaya University of Technology Model United Nations 2014 Conference
Princess Sumaya University
28 February – Amman, Jordan



Your Royal Highness,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to be here with you today at the Princess Sumaya University of Technology Model United Nations, in my capacity as the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), and address such a dynamic and young audience.

Allow me to briefly introduce our Assembly to your attention.

PAM is an inter-state, regional parliamentary organization established in 2006, when it was decided that the ‘Conference on Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean’, the CSCM, operating within the Inter Parliamentary Union, after fifteen years of cooperation, had to move on and assume an autonomous identity specifically aimed at dealing exclusively with issues critical to the Mediterranean, of course within the Euro-Mediterranean and the global context.   PAM conducts the bulk of its work within three Standing Committees, the 1st on Political and Security issues; the 2nd on Economic, Social and Environmental Cooperation; and the 3rd on Dialogue among Civilisations and Human Rights.


PAM’s main objective is to forge, through parliamentary diplomacy, political, economic and social integration among its member states in order to find common solutions to the challenges facing the region, and to create a space for peace and prosperity for all the Mediterranean peoples. Diplomacy represents the long standing science of negotiation, and I feel confident to say that education is a tool for peace, and is considered as an extension of the art of diplomacy for the achievement of universal peace.

PAM is the recognized Centre of Excellence for regional parliamentary diplomacy, and this achievement could not but receive a stamp of legitimacy with the granting of the Permanent Observer Status by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We can aspire to reach the ideal conditions leading towards a more equal world on the condition that we start at the local, national and regional level. It is true that we belong to the same world, but let us not forget that populations are spread over smaller communities in specific geopolitical habitats. It is there that first and foremost we must concentrate the implementation of our policies and targets, and parliaments and universities have a key role to play.

Today’s challenges, including migration, climate change, the resurgence of internal conflicts, international organised crime and terrorism, unemployment, just to mention a few, require a collective effort, a charge of good will, as well as confidence and peace building measures.

The Mediterranean today, has changed radically. With the democratization process of the Arab Spring, where so many people (and among them many students, both men and women) have fought for freedom, and democratic elections have taken place in many countries. Major constitutional reforms have been voted in Morocco, Algeria, and here in our beloved country Jordan.

In such an evolving context, it is clear that securing regional stability, in which everybody can enjoy his political rights, freedom of faith, social justice, dignity, access to labour markets, availability of  basic resources at affordable prices, represent key conditions for peace and a sustainable socio-economic development in our region.

PAM regards green economy and management of resources, political stability and security through non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons, along with other topics such as: access to energy, food, water, science and technology, education, job creation, and gender equality, as crucial elements that establish a concrete ground for peace and in this context, I would like to highlight and share with you some of our main activities, specifically in the field of education and energy, two topics which  relate to the themes of this meeting.

PAM’s Standing Committee on inter-cultural dialogue and Human Rights, compliments the work of the other committees in our Assembly, under this committee, fall the issues of education and youth, among others.

Education encompasses all segments of the population, regardless of their age, gender, religion or nationality. Therefore, we have the moral and professional obligation to support, promote and advocate for access to education for all, and to use education as an instrument to support democracy, tolerance, solidarity, integration, and to motivate the search for a better future for each individual and the community to which they belong.

At PAM we already tackled these elements in different reports and resolutions; we dedicated a special seminar to this issue in Morocco in 2008, when we held a meeting which launched the “Fez Programme”, which today is our main reference.

This programme builds on a series of actions in the field of education aimed at fostering cooperation and understanding amongst member states of PAM and the Mediterranean region as a whole. It refers to the promotion of higher education, the organization of meetings between the PAM MPs and students, and the setting up of a “Summer School”.

Currently, a special PAM team is working on a project proposal by the Observatoire Oceanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer of the University Paris-VI "Pierre et Marie Curie" UPMC - Sorbonne Universities, to possibly host the PAM Summer school in France. I hope that we will be able to host some of you in the near future.

PAM fully supports programmes that aim to link the universities of the northern and southern shores.  Through this connection, they are thus able to exchange and transfer science, experience and technology.  In the context of PAM, and considering the example that have been implemented in Europe, it will be important to expand the Erasmus Programme - which promotes the exchange of university students between the various European countries - in the southern Mediterranean. This programme would offer a true cultural exchange in the field of education.

As part of our Assembly’s commitment to the empowerment and advancement of the Youth in the Mediterranean, PAM has, in the recent year, joined efforts with a number of key regional and international institutions and organizations like the Anna Lindh Founation, the Mediterranean Citizen’s Assembly and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
In order to increase awareness for parliamentary diplomacy, PAM is also working on a conference in Fall 2014, hosted by the University of Catania, in which all universities of the Euro-Mediterranean states, Arab countries and the UNICA (Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe) will be invited to participate. A Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Catania was signed on the occasion of the PAM 8th Plenary Session held in Marseille, a couple of months ago, to formalize our cooperation. I really count on an active engagement by your university in this event and the process that will follow.

On the issue of Energy: PAM has been particularly active in this sector and has dealt with issues related to security of supplies, sustainable development, energy efficiency, renewable resources, civil nuclear energy and production mix, as well as national subventions.
The energy consumption in the Mediterranean countries has more than doubled in recent decades, and continues to do so. Despite the entry of a new era of energy, the world is increasingly dominated by concerns regarding the security and increasing demand of energy, and the need to strike a balance between development, environment, food security and access to a secure supply of energy.
Our Assembly is also fully aware of the urgent need to elaborate effective methods to produce green energy; and the Mediterranean region must play a key role in this process, due to its geographical position and its climate, not to mention that this new industry will also create new jobs.

In addition, we must not forget that energy is a fundamental element to guarantee a region of peace, stability, social security and economic growth. The availability of secure, convenient and environmentally benign energy systems, viewed from a sustainable development perspective, also represent the basis for achieving social and political development.

In September 2012, our Assembly organized in Ouarzazate, Morocco, under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, a dedicated meeting on “Energy Challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean region”.

Parliamentarians and major public and private stakeholders, including the leading world and regional financial institutions and banks, tackled the issues of renewable energy, in particular solar energy, which was identified as the future for the Mediterranean, due to the ideal geographic position to produce this kind of energy. On that occasion PAM was entrusted with the responsibility to facilitate the creation of the Mediterranean Energy Community, whose aim is to focus on production distribution and fair accessibility to energy.

On science and technology, PAM also sees necessary that, proper agreements be drawn up to assist in the training of scientists and technologists from the Southern and Eastern regions of the Mediterranean in the various processes used by the North.  It is the hope of the PAM that the region be fully incorporated into the Global information network, and such technology would allow the basin, as a whole, to participate.  

To further promote cooperation within the region, PAM supports the establishment of a network of science, innovation and technology (SIT) focal points within the Euro-Mediterranean region and under the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

PAM also fully supports the group of the ten Western Mediterranean states known as the 5+5 Dialogue, of which PAM represents the parliamentary dimension, in considering a program of scientific cooperation which would focus on the following six priority sectors: support and development of scientific centers and universities, as well as arranging programs which would allow for the exchange of experts from different scientific branches; a network of scientific and technological information; renewable sources of energy; taking action against pollution and toxic or otherwise harmful products; the development of information technology; and micro-electronics and biotechnology.  
Through methods such as providing training, research, promoting networks between countries and universities, using science and technology to promote the welfare of women and combat poverty, and aiding the eastern and southern regions in acquiring the technology of the North, PAM aims to help governments promote cooperation in the fields of science and technology.  

Ladies and gentlemen, to conclude, PAM will continue to use its parliamentary tools and its unique vast network as a key regional institution, in advocating for the youth, and for providing support to the youth of the Mediterranean, which represent the future of the region.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for convening such an important event, and for allowing me to touch upon a number of issues that have a huge impact on our societies. I would like to conclude by informing you that the PAM Secretariat constantly hosts interns of various nationalities from the Mediterranean and beyond. These interns, who are usually newly graduates or completing their education, positively contribute to PAM’s activities, and at the same time acquire experience of an international organization, where they are integrated, as much as possible, in the routine work of the Assembly. I would be extremely happy to facilitate your participation, and encourage you to join the internship programme at PAM, where you will receive an excellent training to embark upon your future careers.

Your Royal Highness, ladies and gentlemen, I wish you a fruitful and a successful event, and I thank you for your attention.



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