UNDP Jordan and the Greater Amman Municipality Celebrate the Launch of the Heart of Amman Coffee Table Book

June 19, 2023

HoA Coffee Table book launch

UNDP Jordan

Amman, 12 June 2023 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Greater Amman Municipality celebrated the launch of the Heart of Amman coffee table book in the presence of Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, United Nations Development Programme, Mr. Netsu Shuntaro Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Japan to Jordan, and H.E Mayor of Amman Dr. Yousef Al Shawarbeh. 

The Heart of Amman Coffee table book is designed to celebrate the rich cultural and human heritage of the city of Amman through the lived experience of its inhabitants and to inspire an appreciation for the different traditions and perspectives that make up the city’s fabric. The book shares the journeys of several of Amman’s residents who are making significant contributions to their communities.

The event was attended by representatives from the different line ministries, embassies, the donor and international community, civil society organizations as well as the book participants. The event commenced with opening remarks by Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari, Mr. Netsu Shuntaro and H.E Dr. Yousef Al Shawarbeh. 

The book was developed as part of the activities under the “Heart of Amman” Programme, which was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in coordination with the Greater Amman Municipality in the central and eastern parts of the Amman. The Programme was generously funded by the Government of Japan and was implemented between September 2019 and August 2022. 

“Over the past three years, the Heart of Amman programme facilitated the implementation of over 40 community-led initiatives in central and east Amman. The initiatives were designed to respond to some of the needs and challenges identified by community members and included the development and rehabilitation of parks and communal areas, the development of urban farms, improving green infrastructure in public spaces, heritage and cultural preservation, tourism promotion as well as initiatives that aimed at creating livelihood opportunities for women”, said Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari.

In addition to the stories, the book sheds light on some of the iconic landmarks that lend Amman its unique charm, serving as a visual journey through the city's rich tapestry. It also features a number of the initiatives that were implemented under the Heart of Amman I and Heart of Amman II Programmes. 

The Heart of Amman coffee table book represents a valuable addition to the global library collection, inviting readers from around the world to explore the treasures of this remarkable city. It serves as a symbol of unity and celebration of Amman's cultures, traditions, and stories.

"Heart of Amman" is a testament to the UNDP's commitment to fostering sustainable socio-economic development and community participation. It showcases the power of storytelling in inspiring change and promoting a sense of belonging. By honoring the individuals who continue to work tirelessly to positively contribute to their communities, this publication ignites a renewed sense of hope and encourages readers to embrace their own potential for making a difference.