UNDP UAE and the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare commemorate the 15th annual UN International Youth Day

Aug 12, 2015

UNDP UAE and the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare commemorate the 15th annual UN International Youth Day

The United Nations Development Programme along with the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare co-organized the Youth Forum in celebration of the International Youth Day which took place on the 12th of August, 2015 in Dubai. The Forum gathered 100 participants including youth and different youth stakeholders in the UAE. The forum aimed at shedding the light on the importance of Youth Civic Engagement as well as promoting youth volunteerism in the UAE which is the main outcome of UAE Volunteer Program Adeed 2015 in which UNDP UAE is a strategic partner. A Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP UAE and the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare was signed during the forum.

In his speech, HE Khaled Al Madfaa, Assistant Secretary General of the Authority stressed on the importance of including more youth’s efforts in our daily contributions to our society, and giving them the opportunity to do their part effectively towards their community and promoting the spirit of creativity and innovation, because the development of our youth is a priority to our nation which aspires to be built by their hands.

 

While Mr. Frode Mauring, UNDP Resident Representative a.i also highlighted UNDP’s efforts in promoting youth civic engagement and involving youth in the process of achieving sustainable development for the region, as well as creating opportunities for them to share political, economic, and social thematic areas in his speech. In addition, a recorded message was sent by Ahmad Al Hindawi, United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, praising youth’s key importance in achieving development.

A plenary session discussing the three thematic areas of the forum: social theme based on youth and volunteerism, economic theme based on entrepreneurship, political theme based on Emirates’ Vision 2021.  The forum was concluded with a photo exhibition by talented Emirati Youth.

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Rana Aly

Programme Assistant

Rana.aly@undp.org

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