UNDP celebrates International Youth Day with 600+ Emirati Youth in Dubai

Aug 9, 2017

9 AUG 2017 Dubai (UAE) – 600+ Emirati youths in the International Youth Day 2017 celebration ©UNDP UAE / Soha Afify

Dubai - Youth unemployment in the Arab world is a threat to peace, UN resident coordinator & UNDP resident representative, Frode Mauring said in his inspirational speech during the International Youth Day celebration event that was held in Dubai on Wednesday 9th of August 2017.

Mr. Mauring highlighted the vitality of supporting youth and incorporating them in the process of achieving peace and sustainable development. “.. being young also means being vulnerable…” he said. “Many of the young people are already demonstrating leadership, while some, particularly in this broader region are refugees or displaced.”

His speech also included an emphasis on the challenges faced by youths, especially those in conflict zones. Developing skills and capacities for critical thinking and knowledge as the path to increasing youth employability was the endpoint of His Excellency’s speech, as the solution to helping youths overcome the hurdles thrown their way.

Mauring’s speech followed the keynote address by His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development who is also the chairman of the General Youth and Sports Welfare, which organised the event in cooperation with UNDP country office in the UAE. Sheikh Nahyan encouraged Emirati youth to seize the available opportunities under the guidance of the UAE wise leadership.

Youth opportunities were also at the heart of the speeches of both H.E. Shamma Suhail Faris Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and H.E. Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation.

Before the second part of the event which was a panel discussion, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan honored H.E. Reem Al Hashimi, H.E. Shamma Al Mazroui and H.E. Frode Mauring for their efforts and initiatives empowering youth by buidlding capacities and providing better opportunities.

The second part of the event included a panel discussion led by journalist Atheer bint Shukr, conversing how the private and public sectors can cooperate further. The panel included Aliaa Al Ali from Dubai Expo 2020, Fatima Aljoker from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Meera Alshami from the Ministry for Climate Change and the Environment, and Karen Antoniades from Nestle Middle East. The event harboured over 600 attendees; who were very enthusiastic and interactive.

Alongside the governmental partners attending the event, there were several private-sector representatives available as well. This has presented the UNDP with an opportunity to seek potential partnerships with them soon; of which youth empowerment and sustainable development will be the main focus. 

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