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Youth Perspectives from West Asia and North Africa: Taking Action on COVID-19, Unemployment, Climate Change & other Global Challenges

Webinar
This event seeks to provide a space for young people to reflect on and highlight actions that the international community should take to empower and support youth in West Asia and North Africa

30 September [email protected] 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT

Location
Online
Host/Contributor
Stimson Center

The youth population of the West Asia and North Africa region is exceedingly high. Youth have the  potential to become agents of change and contribute to a more prosperous and stable future for themselves and their communities. However, this requires urgent and significant investment to create opportunities for meaningful learning, social engagement and work, all of which are currently limited. This event seeks to provide a space for young people to reflect on and highlight actions that the international community should take to empower and support youth in West Asia and North Africa, in response to major global challenges such as COVID-19, refugee youth populations, violent conflict, and climate change. As a contribution to the recent International Youth Day Celebration (August 12) and in connection with the start of the UN General Assembly’s 76th Session in New York, panelists will consider what it means to be young today in West Asia and North Africa.

Event Co-Sponsors: the Stimson Center, the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations, the West Asia North Africa Institute (WANA), the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, and Peace Child International

Welcome remarks

Richard Ponzio, Director and Senior Fellow, Global Governance, Justice & Security, Stimson Center

Keynote speakers

H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar

Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth 

H.E. Taha Ayhan, President, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum

Panelists

Dana Khalid Al-Anzi, President of Y17 Society and youth activist

Saad Abid, President of “Bahri” and climate activist

Enes Efendioğlu, Founder of Civil Life Association

Reem Al Haddadin, Researcher, Sustainable Development Pillar, West Asia North Africa Institute

Maha Yassin, Junior Researcher, Planetary Security Initiative, Clingendael Institute

Moderator

Ravi Theja Muthu, Peace Child International

Closing remarks

Banou Arjomand, Research Assistant, Global Governance, Justice & Security, Stimson Center

Performance by Joseph Terterian (Joseph is an Armenian Tenor who grew up in Damascus, Syria)

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