Princess Haya Participates in the “Unity in Diversity” Convention

  November 6, 2015 at 8:27 am by

Princess Haya of Jordan, the wife of the UAE’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, participated in the “Unity in Diversity” peace convention in Florence yesterday.

She was invited together with the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yemeni journalist Tawakkol Karman, to inaugurate the 2015 meeting.

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

The Princess, who is a UN Ambassador of Peace, defended the important role of the mayors in cities and praised the labor of her husband “whose vision and determination have made Dubai the thriving and cosmopolitan metropolis that it is today”.

During a conversation with the press she also spoke about the refugees in Europe: “The problem of refugees is a problem with which I grew up. My country has experienced four waves of migration, always associated with wars. In Jordan where I grew up almost every family cooked for two families, we used to share space, cars, life. This made us a cohesive community, made us realizes that our everyday problems are nothing compared to the drama of those forced to leave everything to survive. I know I say something strong, but perhaps for Europe the challenge of immigration can become an opportunity to find effective solutions. We must always remember that behind the great phenomena are the people. And we cannot turn his head to see the suffering of other human beings.”

She also encouraged the international community to create a program to solve the refugee problem like they did with the Marshall Plan, to “modernize the idea that could be born a useful contribution to solving the refugee problem”.

The “Unity in Divertity” meeting take place at Palazzo Vecchio for four days and is organized by the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella.

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