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Her Royal Highness Princess Basma was involved in a number of international boards and United Nations programmes:

  • Member of the Council UN University for Peace (UPEACE).
    (2003 - 2012)The United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University, the mission of the University for Peace is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”
  • From February 2001-2005, Princess Basma became a Member of UNESCO′s International Jury 'Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'.
    The Jury recommends to the Director-General of UNESCO spaces or forms of cultural expression to be proclaimed by UNESCO as masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. These represent either a strong concentration of the intangible cultural heritage or a popular and traditional cultural expression that is remarkable from the historical, artistic, ethnological, sociological, linguistic or literary point of view. This initiative stems from the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). The first proclamation of masterpieces took place in Paris in May 2001 in which Princess Basma participated. ‘The Cultural Space of the Bedu in Petra and Wadi Rum’ was proclaimed a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity in 2005.
  • From 1998-2000 Princess Basma became a member of the UNESCO Scientific Committee for the World Culture Report, which provided advice on the themes and on policy and action reports for the preparation of the biennial report. Princess Basma′s own contribution to the Second World Cultural Report is entitled: 'Respecting the Cultural Diversity of Local Initiatives.'
  • Princess Basma was also a member of UNESCO′s Culture and Development Steering Committee (1996-1997). The Committee was entrusted with providing guidance on the general strategy for the follow-up to the Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development.
  • In 1996-2006, Princess Basma was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Population Council, an international non-profit institution which aims to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations, helping to achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Population Council conducts research on biomedical, social science and public health issues.
  • To address and highlight health issues globally, from 1994 Princess Basma served as a member of the World Health Organization′s Global Commission on Women′s Health. Part of the Commission′s role was to produce an agenda for action on women′s health. From 1991 to 1993 Princess Basma was also a member of the World Health Organization′s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the Adolescent Health Programme.
  • From 1995-1998, Princess Basma was a member of the High-Level Advisory Board to the then United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on Sustainable.