Egypt’s WYF issues recommendations, Sisi attends NTA graduation in closing session

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Jan 2022

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi attended on Thursday the closing session of the World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El-Sheikh, which included the release of the international event's recommendations and the graduation ceremony of the trainees of the National Training Academy (NTA).

The trainees of the National Training Academy (NTA) attending the closing session of the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El-Sheikh, ahead of their graduation ceremony. (Photo courtesy of the WYF Administration)

The WYF's final recommendations included holding an international summit for global financing institutions and donors to look into the best means to help impoverished communities.

The recommendations, read out by NTA CEO Rascha Ragheb during the session, urged the involvement of youths in climate change issues and promoting awareness about climate goals at the regional and international levels.

The forum demanded establishing a business council for African ventures with the participation of young entrepreneurs and businessmen to provide funding opportunities for innovations.

The World Health Organisation should adopt an initiative on the mutual recognition of the coronavirus vaccination certificates, Ragheb added.

The forum also called for localising water desalination technologies in all countries that suffer from water scarcity to produce water at a lower cost.

The WYF called for prioritising issues regulating the use of trans-boundary water resources and developing a global model of governance to address the management of shared water resources based on the sustainable rules of international law.

Moreover, the recommendations stressed the need for unifying the United Nations efforts to launch a platform to guarantee the provision of the needed funding for reconstruction.

The last recommendation focused on launching an international strategy to reinforce social and humanitarian solidarity and creating "bigger" chances for consolidating international peace and security.

NTA trainees’ graduation

During the closing session, El-Sisi handed graduation certificates to NTA graduates who attended a youth leadership programme meant at establishing a strong and rich base of youth competencies to qualify them for political, administrative, and community work.

The idea of the programme began with the announcement of the initiative by El-Sisi for the Presidential Programme for Youth Leadership in September 2015.

The academy, established following directives from El-Sisi in 2015, brings together future leaders from Egypt and the region and provides training on theories of management, scientific, practical planning that helps in increasing their abilities to apply modern methods to address Egypt’s problems.

With the economic, technological, and global environmental changes, the NTA facilitates multi-stakeholders’ sustainable initiatives and thrives to be the leading catalyst of holistic transformation and innovation, preparing effective global leaders who can effect change their societies.

The national academy has so far delivered its different programmes to more than 28,820 trainees from Egypt and Africa, the NTA's CEO Ragheb said at the session.

The ceremony organisers screened a documentary about the activities of the NTA, starting with a speech by President El-Sisi for the Egyptian and Arab youth.

The documentary asserted that Egypt's "New Republic" pays great attention to youth.

Closing session’s key speakers

The closing session of the four-day WYF witnessed the participation of Togolese Prime Minister Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, who expressed in a recorded video his gratitude for President El-Sisi for organising the WYF.

She added that over 70 percent of the residents of Africa are young, representing an important power for the economic transformation of the African countries, saying political leadership should provide opportunities for youth.

Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Gerd Müller said biodiversity and climate change constitute a growing global threat.

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on economic and social aspects, urging more international support to confront these challenges, Müller said in a recorded speech played at the ceremony.

He also rejected some countries' practice of hoarding doses of Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots, noting that the vaccination rate in Africa stood at only eight percent.

He also pointed out to the efforts exerted by the UNIDO to further increase vaccine production in developing nations, especially in Africa.

The fourth edition of the WYF kicked off on Monday, bringing the world’s youth together to promote dialogue and discuss development issues.

The fourth edition of the WYF, which was inaugurated in 2017 to bring the world’s youth together to promote dialogue and discuss development issues, was held under the slogan Back Together.

At the opening ceremony, El-Sisi said "the World Youth Forum has become a platform for dialogue and communication among young people, and is a tool for exchanging visions between the entire world, especially at this crucial moment in human history."

With over 15,000 people from more than 160 countries taking part in the last three editions of the forum, the fourth edition of the WYF is hosting hundreds of youths from 196 countries.

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