UAE Govt unveils new program to attract youth to sustainability ventures

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The UAE government has launched the “SDG Young Leaders Program”, a national initiative intended to increase youth participation in sustainability activities in the Emirates.

As per the statement, the program is designed and managed by the Secretariat of the National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Further, it aims to provide youth with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to participate effectively in supporting and leading the national and international programs to achieve global sustainable development goals and build a better more sustainable future.

According to the statement, “The program is conducted in a strategic partnership with the CSR UAE, The Federal Youth Authority as well as the Government Leadership Program at the Prime Minister’s Office.”

Ms. Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairwoman of the National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, stated that the UAE has become a global incubator for innovative models in empowering youth and their participation in the development process.

On his part, Mr. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSR UAE noted that, “the launch of the ambitious national plans, future development projects and the new economic agenda for the next fifty years in empowering youth is more important than any time before. He added that the UAE is making huge efforts in enhancing their role to make a real difference and pushing towards developing a new, more resilient, and sustainable economy.”

Ms. Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director-General of Dubai Media Office, Vice President of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance, and Chairperson of the Global Council on SDG 5, commented that the program aims to effectively involve the youth in national platforms related to the Sustainable Development Goals, build youth capacities and engage them in achieving the 17 global goals.

“Upon the launch of the program, members of the UAE National Committee on SDGs will start working closely with UAE youth on various projects, programs, and initiatives,” as per the statement.

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