Bringing young people together
The annual forum, first held in 2017, was postponed last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s round will discuss the impact of the pandemic, climate change, human rights, entrepreneurship, technology, 5G networks, digital transformation, distance learning, and the future of energy.
The WYF offers an interactive platform that brings together young people from around the world and allows them to formulate recommendations and initiatives on a wide-range of topics in the presence of world leaders, prominent decision-makers, intellectuals and other influential figures. This year’s event will also include sessions in which entrepreneurs can share their experiences, the challenges they faced and their success stories, with young people, with a special focus on the role of start-up companies and small and medium enterprises and the ways they are coping with the economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.
The WYF website also lists a number of laboratory workshops in which young people seeking to start new companies can receive advice and support. Presentations during the three-day forum will include ways to turn a business idea into an actual company, and how to obtain the skill-set needed to be a successful entrepreneur in a post-Covid world.
Under the motto “Arts and culture are part of development and a human right” the forum will include, for the third time, the World Youth Theatre, a youth-to-youth hub which brings together gifted artists to express their cultures through a wide range of activities including music, acting, stand-up comedy, painting, dancing, and more. Artists from villages included in the presidential Decent Life initiative will be participating in the theatre.
For the second time, the forum will include a dedicated platform, Inspire.d, on which people can share inspirational stories of achievement, hopes, dreams, survival, and even failure.
This year’s WYF will be served by a new application linking participants and people interested in the forum from around the world. The application will present exclusive news about the WYF’s activities, this year’s agenda, events, and speakers’ details, and will allow users from anywhere in the world to send questions related to the topics being discussed at the forum. The application will also send notifications of the date of sessions and alarms before the beginning of workshops.
The UN Commission for Social Development hailed the first three editions of the WYF as an international platform allowing for the discussion of contemporary issues and the role of young people in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 6 January, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.