On the sidelines of the LDC5 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) hosts an event under the title of Putting Youth at the Forefront: Paving the Way for Youth to Thrive and Prosper, with the participation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
5th of March 2023
Qatar Fund for Development, with the collaboration of the United Nations Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), hosted an event under the youth track with the theme of Putting Youth at the Forefront: Paving the Way for Youth to Thrive and Prosper, at the LDC5 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
As the world strives to cope with the challenges and setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency, LDCs have been strongly affected by the socio-economic fallout of the pandemic, further exasperating gaping vulnerabilities, and challenges. This impact is deemed alarming when young people are at the forefront of this challenge. The youth face long-term socio-economic effects and are heavily impacted by these complex challenges that impact their education, employment, livelihoods, mental health, and uncertain prospects. Given the continued increase in children and youth in LDCs, access to quality education becomes an additional burden for building sustainable school systems. This limits their ability to provide access to quality education for all without sustainable investments in education and skill building. In addition, the necessity of post-secondary education in LDCs has left most young men and women trapped in precarious and informal employment structures.
By highlighting these persistent issues and problems, this main event brings together young entrepreneurs and vulnerable groups to discuss the goals needed to enable young people to not only prepare and survive in situations of emergencies but to thrive and prosper and realize their full potential. The discussion also addresses the opportunities and challenges faced by youth relating to the Sustainable Development Goals, how to overcome these challenges, strengthen resilience, and take action to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by replacing fear with hope, and division into togetherness.
H.E. Mr. Khalifa Al Kuwari, Director General at QFFD stated: “We must continue to provide opportunities for the young people to ensure they become the leaders we aspire to have in the future. We must also allow them to tap into their full potential by equipping them with the needed skills in civil society, business and beyond. Above all, we must encourage them to be change agents and advocates for societies to advance and prosper.”
Through hosting such event, QFFD hopes to allow young people recognized as agents and partners of change, and when provided with the necessary skills and opportunities, young people have endless potential to drive innovative solutions and social progress to start giving back to their communities and lead them to sustainable development and change.