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This April, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation (MEAF) is walking towards making a difference to people in the UAE living with arthritis. Supported by Dubai Municipality, Abbvie, Pfizer, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Janssen, the arthritis awareness walkathon “Walk for Arthritis” is free to the public and will take place on Friday, 6th April 2018 from 7.30am at Dubai Creek Gate no 2, Umm Huriar. People are encouraged to attend and to learn factors associated with arthritis, and to walk on this journey to promoting a pain-free life. The 3.5km walkathon will feature interactive exercise sessions on pain management and movement making health a priority to people in 2018.

A number of pioneering entrepreneurs and ground-breaking companies are set to take part in Endeavor’s 77th International Selection Panel (ISP) to gain a place in the global non-profit organization’s ecosystem of entrepreneurship. The three day event taking place from 20th – 22nd February, is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process that identifies those successful entrepreneurs with the most potential to scale.

The General Assembly of the Emirates Business and Finance Association (EBFA) held its first regular meeting last Thursday in Dubai. The meeting was attended by HE Naser ButtiOmair Yousef AlMheiri, elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, HE Raja Mohammed Ghanim Saeed AlMazrouei, elected Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors, HE Hamad Abdullah Al Mass, HE Ahmed Yousef Abdulla Hussain Khouri, and HE Ahmed Abdul Jalil Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Bulwaki, all elected as members of the Board of Directors.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has today launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. The Commission will examine the immediate and longer-term geopolitical implications of global energy transformation driven by large scale-up of renewable energy in the context of global efforts to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development. The Commission will be chaired by Mr. Olafur Grimsson, the former President of Iceland.

NAMA Center recently had a remarkable participation in the activities of the Qatari Youth Forum in its second edition, where it organized several activities that followed three main orientations. At the NAMA Pavillion, the services provided to youth were presented, along with the outcome of the social entrepreneurs’ development project. The outputs of the project were developed by the social entrepreneurs. In parallel, the Center’s team, in cooperation with Qatar University’s Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), supervised the management of several workshops to identify the visions of young people and to discuss the challenges and obstacles facing their progress and participation in community development, as well as their views on ways to develop youth work. Through the forum, NAMA Center also sought engagement with youth, as it considers engaging with them and reaching out to them is one of the most important mechanisms to achieve the Center’s strategic directions for 2017-2020.