Jordan’s crown prince to partake in World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Jan 2022

Jordan's Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II will take part in the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) scheduled to open in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordanian Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II meet in the Ittihadiya Palace, 9 November 2021. Egyptian Presidency

In statements to the Egyptian state's news agency MENA on Sunday, Jordan's Ambassador in Egypt Amjad Adaileh confirmed the prince’s participation in the forum for the third time.

Prince Hussein took part in the second and third editions of the forum, which took place in 2018 and 2019.

Prince Hussein bin Abdullah's participation in the upcoming WYF attests to his keenness to accept President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's invitation to partake in the activity, Adaileh said.

An official Jordanian delegation will accompany Prince Hussein, Adaileh said, adding that a number of Jordanian youth will also participate in the forum.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will also take part in the opening of the forum, arriving in Sharm El-Sheikh on Sunday in a two-day visit.

During his visit, Abbas will meet with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss developments of the Palestinian cause, Palestine’s Ambassador to Cairo Diab Al-Louh said on Saturday.

Under the auspices of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the forum will be held from 10-13 January. The fourth edition of the forum comes after the 2020 edition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The WYF held several preparatory workshops over the past two days ahead of the opening session on Monday with the attendance of experts, officials and a host of young participants from across the world.

Workshops on Sunday included sessions on the coronavirus pandemic and the growing role of financial technology in emerging markets and post pandemic education.

The sessions also tackled the role of youth in confronting environmental and climatic challenges, and the UN's sustainable development goals amid the pandemic.

Workshops on Saturday covered the future of technology and post-pandemic digital transformation, Generation Z's perspective on the post-pandemic world, and Egypt’s Haya Karima (Decent Life) countryside-focused initiative.

The Decent Life initiative, which was officially inaugurated in July 2021, aims to improve the standards of living, infrastructure, and basic services, including healthcare, across the countryside.

The initiative covers 4,658 villages across the country, which are home to 58 percent of Egypt’s 102.75 million population, with an estimated budget of EGP 700 billion (about $44.6 billion).

Saturday's sessions also tackled rational water policies for humanity, evolving global role for startups and included a discussion for the model of United Nations Human Rights Council (MUNHRC).

The main themes of the fourth edition of the WYF are post-COVID impacts, climate change, social security, human rights, entrepreneurship, technology, 5G networks, digital transformation, distance learning, the environment and the future of energy, according to the WYF website.

The WYF is an annual event in Egypt, first launched in 2017, to bring the world’s youth together to promote dialogue and discuss development issues.

The WYF is attended by a wide range of participants, including heads of state, international youth leaders, inspiring youths in various fields, prominent international figures, and youth groups from around the world.

Over 15,000 people from more than 160 countries took part in the last three editions of the forum.

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