Excellencies, Dear Friends,
She is Oxford-educated, multi-talented, a devoted wife and mother, an Olympic athlete, a humanitarian leader, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a former member of the International Olympic Committee, a former President of the International Equestrian Federation, and the first Jordanian woman to hold a license to drive heavy trucks.
She is the daughter of His Majesty the Late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan (1935-1999) and Her Majesty the Late Queen Alia Al Hussein (1948-1977). She is the wife of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of Dubai.
The Path to Peace Foundation has considered her vast work in the humanitarian and development areas at both the local and international levels. It has taken note of the significant role that “Tkiyet Um Ali” and “International Humanitarian City” have played and continue to play in facilitating emergency aid distribution, and their role has become even more vital as displaced persons and refugees continue to increase due to the violent situations in parts of Iraq and Syria. She also founded in Jordan “Dar Abu Abdullah, which bears the name of her late father, to serve as a complementary force towards poverty and hunger reduction efforts throughout the Kingdom.
Her Royal Highness is a United Nations advocate. She was the first Arab and first woman to serve as World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador. In that role, she visited several regions ravaged by famine. In September 2007, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named the Princess a United Nations Messenger of Peace. A month later, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan chose her as a founding member of the Global Humanitarian Forum.
Her Royal Highness is also a great sports enthusiast. Her work as President of the International Equestrian Federation and as a member of the International Olympic Committee was motivated by the belief that sport improves lives, empowers women, forms youth, and breaks down barriers between peoples and nations.
Her Royal Highness is also leaving her mark in quality health-care services. The Princess has encouraged the creation of Centers of Excellence in pediatric cardiology.
The Princess continuously advocates for peace among peoples and for respect of fundamental human rights, for solidarity for the victims of violence and all those who are most in need of assistance, for the promotion of the rights of children and underprivileged communities to have access to food, healthcare, education and security. Her passionate support for these causes brings her regularly to participate in international conferences, charity events and field activities in these areas of endeavor.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
For these and other reasons, the Path to Peace Foundation has the distinct honor and privilege to present to Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein the 2015 PATH TO PEACE AWARDEE.