Published: 2017-09-22 16:38
Last Updated: 2023-09-28 06:42
HRH Crown Prince Hussein delivered Jordan's address to the UN General Assembly, highlighting Jordan's status in the international world, as well as salient global issues.
Prince Hussein stated that although Jordan is proud of its favored reputation, "kind words don’t balance budgets, build schools or bolster employment".
Moreover, he outlined the importance of addressing the world as a representative of younger generations, which are facing high unemployment rates: “Our hyper-connected world is at once bringing people closer together and widening the divisions between them," he said, adding that “the young people of my generation are asking… In which direction does our collective moral compass point, and can it guide us safely to justice, prosperity and peace for all?”
The Crown Prince posed fundamental questions that require urgent solutions:
"What does it say about our common humanity, when last year alone the world spent close to 1.7 trillion dollars on arms, but fell short by less than 1.7 billion in fulfilling the UN appeal to support Syrian refugees and host communities in countries like Jordan?"
"What does it say when trillions are spent waging wars in our region, but little to take our region to safer shores?"
“The United Nations is our global conscience, but for too many in my country, and others around the world trying to do good, it sometimes feels like the world’s conscience is on ‘silent’ mode,” he asked. Prince Hussein called to “unleash a global current that carries our common humanity to safer shores”.
Moreover, he went on to restate the importance of supporting younger generations, which are easily dismissed for being idealistic.
“Our commitment to peace, moderation and international cooperation is uncompromising. Water a thirsty fruit-bearing tree or continue to add fuel to a raging fire? The world has a choice to make,” His Royal Highness concluded.