Foreign Minister Emphasizes Importance of Youth Participation in Development

Istanbul, – HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has emphasized the importance of youth participation in achieving peace and development, stressing that the State of Qatar pays great attention to the special session on youth which is held within the World Humanitarian Summit activities.

In discussions in the special session on Youth, HE the Foreign Minister said that regarding the humanitarian program, we must not address only the concerns of youth, but also should we mobilize young people in situations of humanitarian response. He indicated that young people are essential tools for change.

Youth do not only play a major role in advancing the commitments and pledges resulting from this summit, but they also are key partners in moving forward and developing synergies between the outputs of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Convention on Climate Change, he said.

He pointed that Qatar, in September 2015, sponsored World Youth Consultations in Doha , which brought together young people from around the world to discuss their views on how to improve the existing methods of the humanitarian work. The contribution of more than two hundred and fifty young, men and women from all over the world, led to drafting the Doha Declaration for young people on the reformulation of humanitarian agenda, he added.

“There is a very important aspect in this regard, that is to ensure giving young people the opportunities they deserve to be heard. In the context of our commitment to this work, along with ‘ROTA’ and other partners, Qatar is currently developing a vision to establish a regional capacity building center for youth and groups involved in the field of humanitarian action,” HE the Foreign Minister said.

HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani noted that the State of Qatar is very keen to hear the obligations that may result from this session. “From our experience in supporting youth-led initiatives, we are aware that peaceful and inclusive societies can not be built in a sustainable manner without the participation and commitment of young people,” he added.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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