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2022 WC will speed up social progress and empower youth

2022 WC will speed up social 
progress and empower youth

New York
Qatar has stressed the need for empowering young people with life skills and values that prevent them from engaging in violent extremism.
This came in a speech delivered by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Sultan bin Saad al Muraikhi at the opening of the high-level event organised by the Permanent Mission of Qatar in partnership with the United States, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism and Football for Peace Foundation. This came on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, under the title ‘Promoting the Power of Sport to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism’.
Muraikhi said Qatar is concerned about the impact of unresolved conflicts and poverty in many unstable and poor areas on the younger generation.
He cited lack of employment and educational opportunities coupled with social, political and economic marginalisation of the youth in such countries, and said that involving them and meeting their needs are of utmost importance for Qatar.
Qatar incorporates in its development programmes means to address social issues in line with the objectives of sustainable development, using various educational, professional and sports means, he added.
Muraikhi noted Qatar Charity’s sports initiative for peace and development in Darfur, pointing to schools that are funded by Qatar Fund for Development and Education Above All Foundation, where some of their programmes include sports facilities.
Muraikhi also expressed pride of the State Qatar in hosting 2022 World Cup, which will be a catalyst for Qatar and the region to accelerate social progress and build a better future for the younger generation.
Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Hassan al Thawadi said that Qatar’s hosting of 2022 FIFA World Cup for the first time in Arab world is an unprecedented opportunity for the youth and people of the region.
He said that Qatar is keen to see that this tournament benefits the whole region, referring to the launch of a number of different programmes and initiatives such as Challenge 22 and Generation Amazing programmes and Josoor Institute to empower Arab youth.