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First-ever global youth consultation inaugurated in Qatar under the patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

First-ever global youth consultation inaugurated in Qatar under the patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Under the patronage of HE Dr Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) officially inaugurated the first-ever Global Youth Consultation (GYC) of the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The GYC kicked off yesterday morning at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Centre at Education City and will last until 2nd September.

The preparations for the first-ever WHS, which was initiated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, started in 2014. As part of the preparations for the WHS, GYC aims to improve global disaster preparedness and response as well as shape the global youth position by gathering input from youth on humanitarian challenges and solutions. The consultation will allow the views of over 300 young participants aged between 18 and 30 representing 82 countries, including 70 youth from Qatar, to be incorporated into the UN Secretary-General’s report, and the overall recommendations for the World Humanitarian Summit, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 23rd to 24th May 2016.

“ROTA strongly believes in the importance of unlocking the human potential, especially in the youth,” said HE Doctor Sheikha Aisha Bint Faleh Bin Nasser, ROTA Board Member. “We are very proud to host such a milestone event, as Qatar will be participating in gathering the input of the world’s youth to change the shape of the future on humanitarian issues. I would like to extend my gratitude to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for selecting ROTA, as well to HE Dr Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, for his esteemed support.”

For WHS-GYC Live Streaming, please visit: http://rchout.org/whsyouth-live

[Photo: Essa Al Mannai, ROTA’s Executive Director along with the keynote speaker in a tour to the Exhibition Fair]

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