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Posted On: 29 March 2013 11:36 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Empower 2013 opens for youth

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Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh speaking at the fifth annual youth conference at the Qatar National Convention Center, yesterday. To Asia (Rota) board member Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh underscored the important role youth play in promoting peace, equality and prosperity around the world as she opened the fifth annual empower youth conference yesterday at the Qatar National Convention Center. “As key stakeholders in the future of Qatar, the youth have a vital role to play in determining progress towards a more peaceful, equal and prosperous world,” Sheikha Aisha told over 400 youth delegates from Qatar, the GCC and the United Kingdom at the opening launch of the three-day conference. “With this in mind, Empower 2013 brings together key players among the youth — including our neighbour from the GCC countries and United Kingdom — to share views and exchange experiences, to acquire additional skills needed to tackle the issues that really matter to young people in all countries,” she said. The programme features a mix of skill-building workshops, keynote speeches, interactive seminars and off-site project activities and various social and cultural events. The workshops will focus on exploring the theme of sustainable development and investigating the problems that can arise while engaging in development activities in the context of environmental sustainability. “The main aims of Empower 2013 are to raise awareness and build knowledge and capacity to enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues of concern to them especially in the area of Sustainable Development and Sports,” said Rota Executive Director Essa Al Mannai. The event has attracted top international and local Guest Speakers and Workshop Leaders led by Qatar University Assistant Professor of International Affairs Dr Farhan Mujahid Chak and Nasa planetary scientist Dr Essam Heggy, PhD. “Empower 2013 will be a platform for youth from different countries to network with the youth of Qatar. As well as an excellent opportunity for other regions to learn from our best practices, it gives Qatari youth the chance to unite with youth from around the world in preparation for the 2013 iEARN Annual Conference and Youth Summit being hosted by Rota in July this year,” added Al Mannai. This year’s event is supported by Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation.