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Room to Read, a global organization founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, will announce the publication and distribution of 600,000 copies of new Arabic children's books, at an event held on November 14 at the Children's Museum Jordan. Under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and funded by Dubai Cares as part of UAE's Reading Nation Campaign, this project brings Room to Read's award-winning expertise in local language children's book publishing to the Middle East for the first time. Twenty original children's book titles were developed by Room to Read in partnership with over 40 local authors and illustrators and in collaboration with three Jordanian publishers—Dar Al Yasmine Publishing, Jabal Amman Publishers and Majdalawi Masterpieces. This one-year project serves the children of Jordan, 90,000 of whom are estimated to be out of school. Thirty thousand copies of each book title will be distributed to inspire a love and habit of reading among the children of Jordan. Every public primary school in Jordan will receive four copies of each book title with the remaining copies distributed to refugee camps and disenfranchised communities throughout the country.

A new report from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has called for governments, public sector entities and the accounting profession to work together to assist in the implementation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) around the world.

In continuation of its youth development and empowerment approach, NAMA Center, one of Qatar Foundation for Social Work’s (QFSW) affiliated Centers, has signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to develop the youth programs provided by the Center. The signing ceremony was held at NAMA Center’s headquarters, where the Center’s Acting Executive Manager Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullatif Al-Mannai signed the agreement on behalf of NAMA, while the UNFPA Director for the Arab States Regional Office Dr. LuayShabaneh signed on behalf of the United Nations Fund.

Arabia CSR Network, the Middle East region’s leading training service provider and think tank, organized a successful Materiality Matrix Workshop in Dubai as part of its continuing move to help today's companies and organizations on how to design, develop and implement a successful CSR/sustainability strategy. The event was attended by participants that play an important role in their organization's CSR and sustainability initiatives and also by individuals wanting to learn more about how to prioritize CSR issues and align them to a complementing business strategy.

The list of winners of Arabia CSR Network’s 10th Arabia CSR Awards, the latest edition of the Arab region’s premier Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability accolade, were officially revealed during the awarding ceremony held in Dubai. The event was attended by senior government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives from various organisations and leading sustainability champions, which included His Excellency (H.E.) Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, President, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Department of Civil Aviation. According to the Middle East region’s leading training service provider and think tank, the winners in the Awards’ 10 categories were chosen out of the 106 submitted entries from across the region. They stood out for demonstrating outstanding CSR leadership and commitment and for actively pursuing CSR in the Arab region.