By Ahmed Abd Elhakim
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launched today (10th of January) the 4th edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) in the city of Peace, Sharm El-Sheikh in the presence of thouthands of attendees from different countries, including heads of state, high profile officials, and international youth leaders.
The WYF, returned today after a one-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will be running from 10-13 January.
The opening session saw a recorded speech by UN Secretary-General António Guterres who said the pandemic resulted in negative psychological impacts. However, youth will manage to overcome this experience successfully.
“The minds of young people are inexhaustible from innovative ideas,” Guterres said, addressing the youth attending the forum who hail from 196 countries.
Meanwhile, In a recorded video speech, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the forum is “a great” opportunity for youth to exchange expertise, create a better future, and improve health.
He added “Most of the world’s population is young people under the age of 30… The future is within their hands, and they are facing the challenges of today and tomorrow, including climate change, pollution, health and others”.
Under the theme ‘COVID-19: A warning to Humanity and A New Hope’, the opening session of the four-day event started with the contributions from a bunch of experts, inspiring youths in various fields, prominent international figures, and youth groups from around the world.
As we published before, The keynote of the other three days will revolve around post-COVID impacts, climate change, social security, human rights, entrepreneurship, technology, 5G networks, digital transformation, distance learning, the environment, and the future of energy.