Qatar, first among countries that support the Alliance of Civilisations is strongly committed to goals set out by it.
This is evident by the participation of H E Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, in the first Forum of the Alliance held in Madrid aimed at supporting the work of the Alliance and breathing the needed momentum into it, H E Dr. Khalid Mohammad Al Attiyah, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Acting Minister of Business and Trade said.
Speaking before the Third Annual Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilisation a the ECOSOC Conference Room today, Al Attiyah recalled launching of the SILATECH by Sheikh Mozah endowed with one hundred million dollars to deal with youth employment.
Since its establishment SILATECH, was able to create unprecedented links with the private sector, thus creating an incentive for the world business companies to strive in order to meet the challenge of unemployment among young people, the Minister said.
SILATECH also developed a range of projects aimed at addressing youth unemployment on three main levels: policies, intellectual situation and the creation of opportunities for young people, he said. Through these pillars, SILATECH supports job creation, as well the creation of projects and enabling young people to get access to opportunity capitals.
SILATECH aims to contribute to the dialogues and exchanges intended to support youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa. Doha also hosted the SILATECH summit last June to discuss the impact of the current economic crisis on youth employment in the region and the ways to deal with the crisis, he said.
Qatar welcomes the second operation plan for the Alliance of Civilisations for the period 2009-2011, Al Attiyah said, and emphasised the importance of holding the annual forums for the alliance of Civilisations.
He thanked Spain and Turkey for hosting the first and second forum of alliance and confirmed support for the draft resolution on the report of the Alliance of Civilizations that was submitted to the 64th session of the UN General Assembly.
He also wished every success to the Government of Brazil in hosting the Third Forum in 2010 and thanked everyone for welcoming Qatar’s offer to host the Fourth From of the Alliance in Doha in 2011.
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