Sisi announces World Youth Forum recommendations, including forming int'l anti-extremism commission

Ahram Online , Friday 10 Nov 2017

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks during the closing ceremony of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 9,2017 (Photo: spokesman of the Egyptian presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has announced ten recommendations by the end of the World Youth Forum, including forming an international commission to combat illegal immigration and extremism, and establishing an Arab-African-international youth dialogue.

The week-long gathering, which brought together over 3,000 participants from around the world in the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh, concluded on Thursday.

Sessions and discussions held over the week tackled issues including terrorism, refugees, illegal immigration, sustainable development, technology and entrepreneurship, El-Sisi's office said.

Speaking to the audience during the closing ceremony late on Thursday, El-Sisi announced the list of recommendations that also included holding the forum in the same month every year, adopting decisions of a simulation of the UN Security Council carried out during the forum, forming a cultural and civilisation integration centre to boost ties between world youth, and creating an African youth centre.

The recommendations also include forming an international commission to draw up a strategy to combat illegal immigration, terrorism and illiteracy and creating a regional centre tasked with supporting entrepreneurship and financing micro and small-sized enterprises.

"Our dream - the youth of Egypt, and I am with them – is that this forum becomes an effective means of discussion, through which concrete and realistic results are achieved," El-Sisi said.

Earlier on Thursday, El-Sisi said the recommendations agreed upon by youth participants in a day-long simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, which took place as part of the forum will be presented to the international body in New York.

Participants in the Security Council simulation primarily discussed three main threats to international peace and security: terrorism, cybersecurity, and unregulated migration, according to the World Youth Forum's official website.

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