$10mn science fund launched

Jordan's King Abdullah II sets up fund to address challenges region faces in areas such as energy, water.

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  June 18, 2008

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday launched a $10 million Middle East science fund focused on addressing challenges the region faces in areas such as energy and water resources management.

Addressing the Petra Conference of Nobel Laureates, King Abdullah said the fund "addresses a vital need of the developing world", according to the official Jordan News Agency (Petra).

He said that need was to "achieve the growth and spread of advanced scientific knowledge - especially about the practical issues that most concern our region’s future: energy, water, the environment and new technologies", the news agency said.

Petra said the Amman-based Middle East Scientific Fund would work under the umbrella of the King Abdullah II Development Fund.

It said the $10 million was a personal donation by the king.

The two-day conference at the world heritage site of Petra has been organised by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Those in attendance include Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.

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