Sunday, 29 April 2007

Queen Rania of Jordan

• It was somewhat surprising that the final speaker of the Opening evening was Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. She expressed deep alarm at the way in which the Muslim world and the West are looking at each other with suspicion, fear, and prejudice ... and spoke about the need for reconciliation and collaboration between the West and Islam.

Drawing on the development of corporate social responsibility in recent history, the Queen called on corporations to take an active role in bridging this divide, a concept she is describing as “corporate multicultural responsibility”.
"Our post-global society is poverty-stricken — with a new kind of poverty. Today, we live in a world plagued by a poverty of multicultural knowledge, a poverty of multicultural tolerance, a poverty of multicultural respect. We have all come to recognise that social inequality is wrong; we must also appreciate that social intolerance is wrong. Both hold us back. We all have a role to play in promoting multicultural responsibility in our homes, schools, neighbourhoods, universities, places of worship and places of work ...” — Queen Rania
— YouTube video Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan’s speech to the 2007 Skoll World Forum
“Jordan's Queen Rania calls on companies to bridge East-West divide through Corporate Multicultural Responsibility” speech notes on Queen Rania official website

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan’s speech to the 2007 Skoll World Forum