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EAA launches ‘Empower’ meet themed ‘Youth Mobilisation for Inclusion, Peace and Security’

EAA launches ‘Empower’ meet themed ‘Youth 
Mobilisation for Inclusion, Peace and Security’

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EDUCATION Above All (EAA) Foundation, through its Reach Out to Asia programme (ROTA), has launched its annual youth conference ‘Empower’ virtually this year under the theme ‘Youth Mobilisation for Inclusion, Peace and Security’.
The conference was inaugurated on Wednesday in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations HE Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, and Achaleke Christian Leke, the pan-commonwealth coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network.
The conference, which is scheduled to run till July 19, aims to build awareness, knowledge and skills related to youth mobilisation for inclusion, peace and security. Topics to be covered include: Media & Technology, Sport & Art, Nation Building and Environment & Climate Change.
The confrenece is moderated by international and national organisations such as Qatar Fund for Development, the Global Coalition for Youth, Peace and Security, Silatech Foundation, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in Qatar, UNHCR, UNDP, Georgetown University in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Barca Foundation and the Doha Film Institute among other highly experienced and high-level institutions.
During the current highly challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic, ROTA worked tirelessly to prepare for the conference. This year’s theme ‘Youth Mobilisation for Inclusion, Peace and Security’ supports the Qatar government’s efforts to host the inaugural high-level global conference on ‘Strengthening Youth Inclusion in Complex Peace Processes’, in partnership with the United Nations Secretary-General’s envoy on youth.
Empower 2020 reaffirms Education Above All Foundation’s belief in building on the strengths of young people for sustainable development in the spirit of peace, inclusion, cultural diversity and understanding.
In their opening remarks, Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali and Shieka Alya expressed their appreciation of the role of Qatar and that of Qatari and global youth in building their nations.
Al Ali stated: “Our youth today have reached a level of knowledge and vigilance about global issues that is worthy of our appreciation. This has been particularly evident in their strong awareness of the most prominent issues and challenges faced by the both Qatari and global community.”
Shiekha Alya stressed the importance of youth and youth related events, saying “I would like to express my appreciation for the Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) programme for the successful selection of this year’s conference theme: ‘Enabling youth to integrate in establishing security and peace’, as well as for choosing the appropriate time to hold it during this period.”
Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake said, “This challenge has made it clear that the biggest youth generation in history, of 1.8 billion young people, as well as the most connected one, must be meaningfully included as we build back better in the aftermath of this pandemic”.
Abdulla Al Abdulla, ROTA acting executive director said: “The Empower 2020 Conference adds significant value to EAA’s vision of bringing new life chances, hope and opportunities to improve the lives of youth, and has provided a platform for youth from different countries to network with the youth of Qatar, as well as an excellent opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices, exchange ideas and discuss & present their visions and projects that address local and international developmental issues concerning them. It also reaffirms EAA’s belief in unlocking human potential and encouraging collaboration through its efforts to achieve SDG 4 on Education.