President Sisi declares 2022 as the Year of Civil Society in WYF closing ceremony

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Jan 2022

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi declared on Thursday that 2022 would be the Year of Civil Society in Egypt.

Sisi at WYF
Screenshot of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during launching the WYF in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday, 10 January 2022

During his speech at the closing ceremony of the fourth edition of World Youth Forum (WYF) Thursday evening in Sharm El-Sheikh, El-Sisi directed the forum management and concerned institutions to establish a dialogue platform between the state, youth and local as well as international civil society organizations.

In September during the launch of Egypt’s National Strategy for Human Rights, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi first declared 2022 the Year of Civil Society.

The president also directed the WYF management to activate its initiative to establish a business incubator for start-ups and small industries in coordination with the cabinet and concerned institutions, as well as to include the private sector, international organizations and development partners.

El-Sisi also directed the WYF management to coordinate with youth groups from Egypt and the world to prepare for the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change (COP27), which the city of Sharm El-Sheikh will host next November.

Climate change and COP27 were among the issues discussed in this year’s edition of the WYF.

The Egyptian president also assigned the cabinet the task of preparing a comprehensive vision with development partners to extend the various Egyptian initiatives to African countries, within the framework of the Egyptian state’s responsibility toward the region.

The National Training Academy (NTA) was assigned by El-Sisi the task of preparing training programs for Arab and African youth to address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic as well as current conflicts, in addition to training programs for entrepreneurship and technology.

Earlier Thursday, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi attended the closing session of WYF, which included a graduation ceremony for the trainees of NTA.

The academy, established by presidential initiative in September 2015, trains youth from Egypt and the region in modern methods of management, scientific and practical planning.

President El-Sisi also directed the WYF to activate an interactive dialogue platform to exchange visions and ideas on all topics of interest, and provide the results of this dialogue to different state institution.

He also directed the WYF, concerned institutions as well as Egyptian and world youth to promote water issues worldwide.

The cabinet and state institutions were also assigned to prepare for the government a comprehensive vision for the reconstruction of conflict areas regionally.

During his speech, El-Sisi said that the coronavirus pandemic imposed itself on the forum’s agenda, creating questions about the fate of the world and the pandemic’s effect on human lifestyles.

The Egyptian president expressed his great happiness for having participated in the WYF dialogues, in which the youth of Egypt and the world opened a door of hope and light to overcome this delicate stage of human history.

He also warned that the world was in a dire need of resolve and the will human conscience if development is to be achieved, calling for the world to put aside its conflicts.

The Egyptian president stressed the importance of managing differences in the world in order to remain vibrant and full of humanity.

The fourth edition of the WYF kicked off on Monday, bringing the world’s youth together to promote dialogue and discuss development issues under the slogan “Back Together”

With over 15,000 people from more than 160 countries taking part in the last three editions of the forum, first inaugurated in 2017, the fourth edition of the WYF hosted hundreds of youths from 196 countries according to the forum.

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