The Honorary Presidents:

>> Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Wulff

>> H.R.H. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal


Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Wulff



Ladies and Gentlemen,

The promotion of intercultural dialogue, including dialogue between different beliefs and religions, is an important task for the future. As a leading industrial nation with a diverse society, Germany can offer its experience in that regard. Our constitution guarantees that no one in our country is to be discriminated against, no matter where they come from, what they believe, what political views they have, whether they are handicapped and regardless of their gender.  We can show how the coexistence of different people works and reveals: People from all parts of the world are welcome in our country. This is also essential for economic reasons.

In Germany, we are dependent on foreign specialists and international investors. At the same time, German foreign trade can, for example, assume a special co-responsibility in the Arab region. Especially in modern times, it can contribute to a stabilizing element in a region characterized by upheavals through a wide range of contacts and relationships. The political upheavals in the EMA region are closely linked to economic issues. The pursuit of political and economic participation is universal. Co-operation on the same level and sustainable economic development in future-oriented sectors are necessary and are part of the EMA's portfolio, such as the promotion of women, young talents and intensive dialogue with governments and civil society.

After centuries of warfare, European countries have learned to live peacefully with one another and grow together. Our southern neighbors, Turkey, the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf States also form a coherent, albeit much more heterogeneous area, which offers great potential for cooperation with the German and European economy.

With the focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, the implementation of concrete development and private projects and the close involvement of science and culture, the EMA is a dynamic player in German-Arab cooperation. At the same time, respect for human rights, the promotion of transparent and democratic structures and compliance with standards such as CSR form the appropriate framework for long-term success.

With the EMA, you have a network at your side. In this spirit, I am looking forward to continue the dialogue with the Mediterranean and Middle East Region as Honorary President. 



Christian Wulff


H.R.H. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal

Born on 20. March 1947 in Amman, His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal is a member of the Jordanian Royal House. He is the brother of the former King Hussein I., uncle of the present King Abdullah II. and was the Crown Prince of Jordan from 1965 to 1999.

The author of various books and articles is a prominent supporter of interreligious dialog, youth, and international peace. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the president of the World Conference for Religion and Peace and from 2000 to 2006 of the Club of Rome. He is the founder and initiator of various Arabic organisations such as the Arab Youth Forum, the El Hassan Youth Award or the board of trustees for the Royal Society of Science in Jordan. Furthermore, he engages in the Interreligious Advisory Committee of the UNESCO and as an honorary member of the World Commission for Culture and Development.  

For his exceptional cross-cutting engagement Prince Hassan has received numerous prizes.  These prizes include the Berliner Friedensuhr-Prize and the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria. In 2008, he received the Augsburg Peace Prize, the Niwano Peace Award and the Abraham-Geiger-Price. 2014 he was honoured with the Tolerance Ring of the European Academy of Science and the Arts.

Since 2012 His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal is the Honorary President of the Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association e.V. In this position he was the patron for the Water Forum and the Environment Forum and by doing so strengthened his engagement for the reservation of natural resources, and international cooperation and understanding.


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