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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
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Location  Middle East
Capital  Amman
Area  89,342 sq km
Population  10,458,413
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  • Faris Ibrahim Al Assaf of Jordan received the Arab Coach Award at the 9th Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award ceremony held in Dubai on 10 January 2018.[1]

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  • A team of students from Jordan, Team OaSys, won one of the four inaugural Imagine Cup grants from Microsoft worth $3 million on 27 January 2012 for their project Horizon. Horizon is a software and hardware system that allows people who do not have use of their hands or arms to use a computer.

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  • Jordan and Israel on 26 February 2015 signed a deal to build a World Bank-sponsored desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea aimed at combating the regional water shortages.[2]

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  • Colonel al-Twal, the Chief of the Public Security Directorate’s (PSD) Women’s Police Department in Jordan, was honoured with the 2019 International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award by the United States for her work on sensitive cases, including with victims of domestic, physical, social, and sexual violence.[3]

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  • Eva Abu Halaweh of Jordan was presented the 2011 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 8 March 2011 for her efforts in developing a legal team in order to provide free legal advice and counseling to the vulnerable people of Jordan, including women at risk of becoming victims of “honor crimes.”

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  • Prince of Jordan, Hassan Bin Talal, was awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 19 April 2007. He was awarded for addressing the environmental issues in a holistic manner and for his belief in transboundary collaboration to protect the environment.

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  • Prime Minister of Jordan Abdullah Ensour was appointed as a member of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Water on 21 April 2016.[4]

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  • Jordan claimed their fourth straight AFC U-14 Girls’ Regional Football Championship for the West zone after beating Bahrain 6-2 on 30 April 2016.[5]
  • The Jordanian government and the United Nations on 30 April 2014 officially opened a new camp for refugees from the war in Syria with the potential to become one of the world's largest refugee camps. The camp, is 12 miles (20km) west of the town of Azraq in the country's Zarqa governorate, is designed to expand to 130,000 capacity if necessary.[6]


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  • Jordanian poet Turki Hijazi won the first prize at the 2016 Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain's Prize for Poetic Creativity in Arabic.[7]

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  • Jordan’s Azraq camp on 17 May 2017 was inaugurated as the first refugee camp in the world to be powered by renewable energy.[8]

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  • The United Nations General Assembly on 16 June 2014 unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, making him the first U.N. human rights chief from the Muslim and Arab worlds.

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  • Wadi Rum protected area of Jordan was inscribed on UNESCO's 2011 World Heritage List on June 25, 2011. The 74,000-hectare property features a varied desert landscape consisting of a range of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns. With thousands of carvings demonstrating some of the earliest examples of recorded thought and the development of an alphabet. [9]

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  • Baptism Site in Jordan, an archaeological site situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 3 July 2015.[10]

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  • Petra, a historical city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an, was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by New7Wonders Foundation. The Official New 7 Wonders of the World were announced in random order at the Official Declaration Ceremony on July 7, 2007 (07.07.07) in Lisbon.

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  • Jordan on 24 July 2019 unveiled its first underwater military museum off the coast of port city of Aqaba.

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  • Jordanian Parliament on 3 August 2017 abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.[11]

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  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan was awarded the 2018 Human Rights Tulip award by the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs.[12]

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  • Al Ssdeq Julyana of Jordan won gold in Women 67 kg Taekwondo at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 20 August 2018.

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  • Diplomatic links between Jordan and Egypt were resumed on September 25, 1984. Jordan became the first Arab state to reestablish diplomatic relations with Egypt.[13]

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  • Jordan and Syria agreed to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries on 15 October 2018, for the first time in three years, promising to restore trade and movement between the two countries that had halted because of the war in Syria.

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  • Asal Ibrahim of Jordan was awarded the 2013 Green Talents Award in Berlin for her innovative project which is changing the way solar energy is collected. By creating a more powerful, efficient and accessible method, Asal aims to contribute to energy demands and increase the share of renewable energy in the Middle East.

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  • The Jordan Football Association was named the inaugural AFC ‘Developing’ Member Association of the Year on 26 November 2013 by the Asian Football Confederation. The prestigious award was given in recognition of its professional administration and governance as well its exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of the game at all levels within their country.[14]

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  • As-Samer, a dance performed during marriage ceremonies in Jordan, was inscribed on the UNESCO's Intangible Heritage list on 29 November 2018.[15]

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  • Jordan was elected as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council on 6 December 2013 for the years 2014-2015.

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  • In a rare display of regional cooperation, Jordan, Israel and the State of Palestine on 9 December 2013 signed a historic water-sharing initiative at the World Bank in Washington that is expected to protect water resources in the region amid rising demand. Initiatives under the agreement include the development of a desalination plant in Aqaba at the head of the Red Sea, where the water produced will be shared between Israel and Jordan; increased releases of water by Israel from Lake Tiberias for use in Jordan; and the sale of about 20-30 million m3/year of desalinated water from Mekorot (the Israeli water utility) to the Palestinian Water Authority for use in the West Bank.[16]

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  • Jordanian photographer Muhammed Muheisen’s image of Zahra Mahmoud, a five-year-old Syrian refugee, was awarded the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award 2017 in Berlin, Germany.[17]

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References


  1. http://www.asoif.com/news/sheikh-nahyan-and-princess-rima-win-top-honours-9th-edition-mbr-creative-sports-awards
  2. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/26/us-mideast-economy-water-idUSKBN0LU23Z20150226
  3. https://www.state.gov/s/gwi/iwoc/2019/bio/index.htm
  4. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53747
  5. http://www.the-afc.com/afc-u-14-girls-regional-championship-2016/jordan-claim-fourth-straight-afc-u-14-girls-regional-cship
  6. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/30/jordan-new-syrian-refugee-camp-al-azraq
  7. http://www.albabtainprize.org/Default.aspx?nid=8015&pageId=153
  8. http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2017/5/591bfdbb4/jordans-azraq-becomes-worlds-first-clean-energy-refugee-camp.html
  9. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1377
  10. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1312/
  11. http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/8/news-jordanian-parliament-abolishes-law-that-allowed-rapists-to-avoid-prosecution
  12. https://www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-foreign-affairs/news/2018/08/14/high-commissioner-for-human-rights-zeid-raad-al-hussein-to-receive-2018-human-rights-tulip
  13. http://www.mongabay.com/reference/country_studies/jordan/GOVERNMENT.html
  14. http://www.the-afc.com/en/events/afc-annual-awards/27289-ma-developing-261113.html
  15. https://ich.unesco.org/en/news/thirty-one-new-elements-inscribed-on-the-representative-list-00327
  16. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/12/09/senior-israel-jordanian-palestinian-representatives-water-sharing-agreement
  17. https://www.unicef.de/informieren/aktuelles/photo-of-the-year/contest-2017