The closing session of the third edition of the World Youth Forum on Tuesday began with a number of recommendations related to African and Euro-Mediterranean youth.
The forum kicked off in Sharm El-Sheikh on Saturday and saw discussions of a number of topics, including the fourth industrial revolution, food security, the Union for the Mediterranean, environmental challenges, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, women’s empowerment, and the arts and cinema.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi gave an address, touching on issues including Libya, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and development both domestically and in Africa.
The recommendations included launching an African initiative for digital transformation in cooperation with the African Union to sponsor creativity, an African initiative to fight piracy, an Arab-African platform for women that would include a digital library for all research papers and reports on women, and a Euro-Mediterranean committee to fight hatred and xenophobia that will put forward proposals to fight xenophobia and extremism on social media.
It also includes a call for the UN to adopt a protocol on combating hatred and bullying on the internet and on social media.
The recommendations also called for the implementation of the African Union's 2021 initiative to create one million jobs, for an initiative by African universities to focus on fourth generation industrial technologies, for an initiative for developers of blockchain, and to support sustainable development goals via World Youth Forum labs to support entrepreneurship, for the launching of a global initiative entitled “Arts Under Humanities,” and for an invitation to establish international informational exchange centres.
Per the recommendations, the National Training Academy in Egypt will put in place the executive mechanisms to launch a presidential programme to train Euro-Mediterranean youths on leadership.