WISE Urges World Leaders to Place Education at Top of Agenda

The Dec 07, 2010

WISE 2010 Summit was officially opened in Doha today by His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE, in the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.

In an address to the 1,200 delegates, he said: “Our aspiration is to bring together multiple stakeholders and to connect theory with practice, because this kind of collaboration is critical in facing the most urgent and complex issue of our time – Building the future of education.”

Lakhdar Brahimi, former Algerian Foreign Minister and veteran UN Envoy, added: “When dealing with a new generation of conflicts around the world and trying to help a country establish and consolidate peace after conflict, education is always a key component of any peace process.”

In a special video message, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, said: “WISE knows that the challenge we face in the 21st century is to unite technology with our humanity and to ensure that our newest technologies advance our most cherished values.”