File photo of the third edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) in 2019. Photo courtesy of WYT website.
In a press conference held at the National Academy for Youth Training — the organiser of the forum — the management announced the start of online enrolment for the fourth edition of the WYF, which is open for both Egyptians and foreigners.
“Online registration is open via the official website for youths of different genders, aged 18-30 years, from 15 November till 15 December,” according to the forum’s organisers.
The fourth edition of the event comes after the postponement of the 2020 edition due to the pandemic.
To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the WYF’s organisers decided to reduce the number of participants in the upcoming edition by only allowing vaccinated people to attend the event.
“All precautionary measures, such as social distancing, will be maintained in the forum, and teams will follow up on the implementation of the preventive plan during the four-day forum,” said Rasha Raghed, the executive director of the National Academy for Youth Training.
“The forum, in its fourth edition, is scheduled to discuss the situation in the post-pandemic world and its regional and international impacts, in addition to highlighting the main themes of the forum, such as issues of peace, creativity, and development.”
The forum’s main themes 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 official website of the WYF.
Workshops and conference sessions within the forum are scheduled to address a number of vital topics such as energy, the future of work and entrepreneurship, the role of international institutions in recovering from the repercussions of the pandemic, and the future of health care.
Furthermore, the WYF will host the World Youth Theatre on its sidelines, which gathers promising artists from across the globe to showcase their talents and reflect their cultures through a wide range of art-related activities, including music, acting, stand-up comedy, painting, and dancing.
Sara Hisham, a member of the organising committee of the WYF, stated that more than 15 thousand people from over 160 countries took part in the last three editions of the forum.
During her speech, Hisham also referred to the international acclaim garnered by the WYF from the United Nations Human Rights Council in its 41st session for its contributions in furthering human rights.
She also highlighted the fact that the UN has accredited the WYF as an international dialogue platform for world youths.
The last edition of the forum discussed a number of key topics, including the Fourth Industrial Revolution, food security, the Union for the Mediterranean, and environmental challenges.
The WYF is an international annual event that was first launched in 2017.
It has become an opportunity for youths to engage with top policymakers and network with promising cohorts from the region and around the globe who are determined to make the world a better place for everyone.