* The activities of the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum were held during the period from January 10 to 13, 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt amid strict precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. As part of the World Youth Forum’s interest in supporting youth initiatives that support young people and are interested in training and qualifying them for different labor markets, a session was held today to launch the “Youth of the Country” initiative, the Egyptian version of the United Nations initiative “Generation Unlimited”, which is the first partnership between the public and private sectors, civil society and youth, and this is the first edition of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East, where the initiative aims to develop skills and connect all the world’s 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10 and 24, with employment, entrepreneurship, and social impact opportunities by 2030, by linking it to UNICEF and benefiting from its field presence and ability to mobilize forces.
* During the World Youth Forum, which took place at Sharm El-Sheikh, the youth participating each raised the flags of their countries, while kicking off the forum under the slogan "Back Together". The Forum's agenda was filled with workshops and discussion panels on a great range of topics that concern the youth: entrepreneurship, climate change, arts, and even politics, through Model UN simulations.
* As part of the main activities of the second day of the World Youth Forum, a session titled “towards a safe and inclusive world for women” was held. A selection of speakers participated in the session, including Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women; Frederica Mayer, representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Egypt; Chitra Awasti, founder of the non-profit organization RET; and Dr. Yomna Abdel Rahman, professor at the German War College in Munich. A group of speakers also participated in the session activities via the virtual platform of the World Youth Forum; Christine Arab, UN Women Representative in Egypt; Julie Diallo, Gender Adviser, UNFPA East and Southern Africa Office; and Minata Samati, African Union Political Affairs Commission. The speakers drew attention to several current challenges facing women, including women bearing greater responsibility because of closing schools during the pandemic, and women losing their jobs more than men during the pandemic, as well as violence against women during the height of the pandemic, where one in three women was subjected to violence.
* Jordan's Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II expressed his happiness at participating in the World Youth Forum, describing it as "important" because it brings together youth with decision-makers and thinkers to exchange visions and ideas on many issues and important topics of interest. The forum aims to gather the world’s youth to promote dialogue and discuss development issues, and to send a message of peace and prosperity from Egypt to the world.
* Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published a report titled “The Arab Youth: Aspirations for the New Year” which analyzed a mini poll conducted by Sada that looked to explore youth’s priorities in relation to improving political, economic, and social conditions in their countries. Looking at the results, the main priorities included the following: guaranteeing civil and political rights; developing the economy and reducing unemployment; improving education and promoting technological advancement; ending wars and division/peace and stability; respecting women’s rights; and sponsoring and supporting culture and arts.
* Al Jazeera will be taking part in the 31st edition of the Doha International Book Fair (DIBF), during which it will provide several training workshops, available to people of all ages. These workshops will introduce people to the basics of media training. Al Jazeera is also participating in a cartoon project online, titled "Mansi", meant to represent the Arab youth.
* During 2021, the Asir Youth Council conducted 167 programs and events in various governorates in Saudi Arabia, benefiting 25,000 young men and women, with many volunteer opportunities offered through the volunteer work platform, as a total of 3690 volunteers registered in the council's database.
* The Ibbin Iblin Youth Center organized a training workshop with the participation of 20 young people to implement the goals of the Ministry of Youth to advance youth and achieve advanced levels of youth participation in building the nation and its future. The head of the center, Raed al-Momani, said that the center’s annual plan includes many seminars and workshops dealing with topics of interest to the youth sector, especially in the areas of awareness, guidance, health, tourism, domestic violence, unemployment, negative behaviors, the environment, the exploitation of youth’s leisure time and basic life skills.