2017

Youth Circle on Empowering Youth to P/CVE

On 19 September 2017, Hedayah joined the Emirates Youth Council with the support of the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations (U.N.) to convene a Youth Circle on Youth, Peace and Security: Empowering Youth to Prevent & Counter Violent Extremism (P/CVE) on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the U.N. General Assembly.
 
The discussion focused on the crucial role youth can play in preventing and countering violent extremism. The Youth Circle facilitated an open dialogue that provided a platform for young individuals to discuss and share their opinions. More importantly, it enabled them to provide practical and innovative solutions to address concerns expressed by their peers on the topic of violent extremism.
 
Participants in the Circle stressed the importance of coordinated efforts of governments and NGOs, and identified ways to further involve youth in the CVE process. Other topics also explored included issues related to identity, the role of families and religious leaders, as well as the importance of education, social media and mass communication in moving CVE efforts forward.
 
Complementary to the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2250 which emphasized the need for increased participation of youths in governmental affairs, the solutions proposed at the Circle will be shared with senior policymakers and the United Nations during the General Assembly.
 
The circle was attended by H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and CEO of ADNOC, and Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Hedayah and featured opening remarks by H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, and H.E. Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah. 
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