Second Conference of Nobel Laureates to be Held in Petra, Jordan--Petra II: A World In Danger-- June 21-22, 2006

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His Majesty King Abdullah and Elie Wiesel will address the opening ceremony of the conference, convening under the theme “A World in Danger”.

Dozens of Nobel Laureates and international public figures will convene for the second time in Petra, Jordan on Wednesday to discuss and define their roles in responding to global crises.

The conferees have been invited to Jordan by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. During the two-day conference, they are expected to discuss challenges to global security and development, particularly in the fields of nuclear non-proliferation, education, health and poverty and economic empowerment. The participants will also give special attention to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and other regional issues.

His Majesty King Abdullah and Elie Wiesel will address the opening ceremony of the conference, convening under the theme “A World in Danger”.

“The Nobel Prize recognizes that the sources of human progress are to be found in every corner of the globe,” said King Abdullah. “The intellect, knowledge and talent of the world’s Nobel Laureates have brought better lives to millions of people in our world, and this week, we have a unique opportunity to have them apply their highly innovative minds to some of the most pressing contemporary global problems.”

"Hatred, an old and new infectious disease, is still ravaging the human heart. Indifference imperils our future,” said Professor Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who will host Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas in separate conversations during the conference. “While there may be a variety of responses to injustice and tragedy, indifference cannot be one of them.”

Nobel Laureates from the six fields in which the Nobel Prize is awarded each year – peace, economics, literature, physics, chemistry, and physiology and medicine – are expected to attend. They are: Peter Agre, Aaron Ciechanover, Johann Deisenhofer, Alan J. Heeger, Walter Kohn, Avram Hershko, Rudolph A. Marcus, Kurt Wüthrich and Yuan T. Lee in chemistry; Richard Axel, Baruch S. Blumberg, Stanley Prusiner, Marshall W. Nirenberg and Eric R. Kandel in medicine; Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and Klaus von Klitzing in physics; Finn E. Kydland, Clive W.J. Granger and Robert Aumann in economics; Wole Soyinka in literature; and Jose Ramos-Horta, David Trimble, Betty Williams and the Dalai Lama in peace.

They will be joined by world-renowned leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as from civil society, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard C. Holbrooke, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Sathirathai Surakiart, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund President Stephen Heintz, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Jeffrey Sachs, President of Investcorps Nemir Kirdar, and Library of Alexandria Head Ismail Serageldin. Several leading media personalities from the Middle East, Europe and the United States will also be participating in the conference.

They will be joined by around 40 Jordanian individuals from the public and private sectors.

Publicis Events Worldwide, led by Chairman and CEO Richard Attias, will produce “Petra II: a World in Danger.” “With human development stalling in many parts of the world, with opportunity still lacking for many and with instability still threatening to derail hopes of peace around the globe, now more than ever a gathering such as Petra II is needed,” said Attias. “Publicis Events Worldwide is honored to be summoned once again to strategize, organize and produce an event of this magnitude--not only in scale and scope of complexity, but most importantly, in importance of potential world impact. The mandate of Petra II is to apply the greatest minds toward resolving world issues and enlisting financial support from corporations and governments dedicated to helping address these imminent crises.”

About The King Abdullah II Fund for Development

The King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) was established in 2001 as a non-governmental organization working to provide all segments of the Jordanian community, particularly the underprivileged, with new and innovative economic opportunities that can improve living standards.

About The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.

About Publicis Events Worldwide

Publicis Events Worldwide, specializing in world-caliber events and experiential communications, is part of Publicis Groupe S.A. [NYSE:PUB], the world’s fourth-largest communications company. Publicis Events Worldwide is headquartered in New York City with offices spanning the globe including Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Dubai, Orlando, Chicago, Vienna, Munich and Casablanca among other hubs.


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