Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies and the host of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), has started the registration for the 2022 Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) forum, a series of youth-led discussions.
The Y4S forum, held from January 17-19 in line with the ADSW 2022, aims to prepare the youth through workshops, debates, training programs and networking opportunities, to turn them into sustainability leaders of tomorrow. Supported by Principal Partner Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, the Y4S Forum will be held under the theme, ‘Building youth adaptability and resilience for a sustainable future’.
The three-day forum will be staged in a hybrid format, combining live and virtual events at The Hive at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). ADSW 2022 will also feature the Y4S Hub, a dedicated space at The Hive that connects students to local organizations and innovative tools for experiential learning opportunities that educate, empower and inspire youth to become more involved in sustainability.
The Y4S platform is a year-long program dedicated to creating awareness of the skills needed for future jobs in the green economy and educating up to one million young people in sustainability by 2030 through a blended learning experience.
“By partnering with Youth 4 Sustainability we can engage with youth at the flagship Y4S Forum and Y4S Hub, and help to put them on the path to acquiring the skills and knowledge to be future leaders in driving forward the sustainability agenda,” said Eng. Amal Al Braiki, Strategic Affairs Executive Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.
“The Y4S platform addresses a defining issue of our time, the need to empower the next generation to be the sustainability champions of tomorrow. The theme for Y4S this year is ‘skilling up youth for a sustainable future’, recognizing that advances in technology are transforming every industry and creating new ‘green jobs’ for young people.”
Throughout the three-day forum, the participants will have the opportunity to attend keynote speeches, panel sessions and interviews, with the event featuring high-level speakers from around the world.
Running alongside the Y4S Forum, the Y4S Hub will be the focal point for several interactive events including the Ecothon Innovation Challenge, where teams of young people compete to design sustainable solutions to a real-world issue using entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.