Since 1978, Queen Noor has initiated, directed, and sponsored projects and activities in Jordan to address specific national development needs in the areas of education, culture, women and children’s welfare, human rights, conflict resolution, community development, environmental and architectural conservation, public architecture, and urban planning. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields.
Internationally, the Queen is Patron of The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the oldest international conservation organization in the world. She is also Honorary President of BirdLife International, the widest global network of conservation organizations, and a board member of World Wildlife Fund International (WWF), the largest, privately supported international conservation organization dedicated to protecting the world’s wildlife and wildlands.
In 1995, Queen Noor received the United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Award for her activism in environmental protection, in promoting awareness, and in initiating community action for the preservation of Jordan’s natural heritage. Queen Noor has also assumed an advocacy role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
She is a Director on the global board of The Hunger Project and Ambassador of Future Harvest—a network of international research centres located around the world that seek to make agricultural issues and the need for international agricultural research more immediate and relevant to policymakers, the media, and the general public.
In 1986, Queen Noor launched Jordan’s and the Arab World’s first children’s museum, the Children’s Heritage and Science Museum, and in 1988, the Mobile Life and Science Museum, as an outreach programme for the children’s museum targeting young people in rural areas. Using computers, books, exhibits, and hands-on educational and recreational activities, young children learn about environmental protection, health, the sciences, and Jordan’s history.
In 1994, Queen Noor, a member of the International Commission on Peace and Food, presented the results of a five-year international research program: "Uncommon Opportunities: An Agenda For Peace And Equitable Development" to the United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali for adoption by the UN. The report presented practical strategies to accelerate political stability, progress, and peace to ensure food security and employment, and to promote human development, demilitarization, and environmental protection.
In 1999, His Majesty King Abdullah issued a royal decree establishing the King Hussein Foundation, chaired by Queen Noor. The Foundation is a national and international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to give meaningful expression to the late King’s humanitarian vision and legacy with emphasis on democracy, peace, education, leadership, health, and the environment.