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Qatar working to encourage youth participation in peace process, affirms FM

Qatar working to encourage youth participation in peace process, affirms  FM

QNA
Doha
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has affirmed that Qatar is working to encourage youth participation in all stages of peace paths, including decision-making.
This came in the inaugural speech of Qatar delivered by Sheikh Mohammed in front of the high-level global conference on comprehensive peace paths for youth, which is being held virtually from January 19-21.
The FM expressed his happiness over opening the conference, which is co-hosted by Qatar, Colombia, Finland and the United Nations, and is co-organized by the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Education Above All Foundation and the Search for Common Ground, in partnership with the Department of United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Development Program and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders. The FM praised the pioneering vision for the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Education Above All Foundation.
The FM stressed that Her Highness Sheikha Moza has been working tirelessly to promote youth empowerment in conflict prevention and peace building. He also noted the effective role of the Education Above All Foundation in this regard.
He pointed out that Qatar is working to encourage youth participation in all stages of peace paths, including decision-making, noting that the Youth Affairs Department of the Ministry of Sports and Youth has been directed to formulate the first national youth strategy in Qatar.
The FM said, “The strategy, which was formulated in consultation with our youth, constitutes a declaration of a common national vision that defines the needs and priorities of Qatari youth.”
He pointed out that the first international symposium on youth participation, which was held in Helsinki in March 2019, resulted in the launch of the first global policy paper on youth participation in peace tracks.
The FM expressed his confidence that this conference will follow this path in reaching joint political commitments to advance the global youth, peace and security agenda, and provide tangible solutions to comprehensive sustainable operations for youth around the world.
He also expressed his happiness that this conference will launch international guidelines to advance the global youth, peace and security agenda, and a five-year strategy to promote comprehensive peace paths for youth, which will be implemented at the national level.
He affirmed Qatar’s commitment to continue working closely with the United Nations for the effective implementation of the main outcomes of this conference as part of our joint efforts to promote comprehensive global peace paths for youth.