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Region’s youth inspired to promote peace following successful Empower summit

Region’s youth inspired to promote peace following successful Empower summit

EMPOWER 2015, a youth conference in Doha hosted by Qatar-based NGO Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), concluded its 7th summit in Doha on 14 March 2015. At the closing ceremony, young leaders from across the Middle East and Asia vowed to make a difference in their communities by urging for peace in the midst of turbulent times across the region.

Through ROTA, the event supported QF’s commitment to building strong, sustainable communities in Qatar and the region.  EMPOWER 2015 was held at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Centre in Education City from 12-14 March and was held under the auspices of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of ROTA.

EMPOWER 2015, organised and led entirely by young people for young people,  gathered up to 450 youth leaders between the ages of 16-27 from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Turkey, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Cambodia, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, UK, Netherlands, Greece, Ethiopia, Canada, US, Kirgizstan, Bolivia and Sri Lanka.

Now in its seventh year, the three-day conference aimed to give young people a voice and empower them with the skills, knowledge, values and ethics needed to move their communities toward realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals related to peaceful societies and education.

At the close of the conference, youth delegates announced the formation of a special task force to give young people a more prominent voice in building ‘peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development’ across the region. The task force of 20 youth leaders convened a special session to begin identifying a list of recommendations that support the Post-2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations. It included those objectives related to youth, access to education and promoting peace. The recommendations of the task force will be the cornerstone of a Global Advocacy Campaign that will seek to create links with key youth forums, conferences and meetings around the world including the World Humanitarian Youth Summit, which Doha will host in September 2015.

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