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The third edition of the Investing in the Future (IIFMENA) conference under its banner ‘Youth - Crisis Challenges and Development Opportunities’, has witnessed key solutions to integrate refugee youth with the help of education to become useful citizens for themselves and for their host countries, at a panel discussion titled ‘Youth in Conflict & Peacebuilding’, held on the first day of the conference (Wednesday) with a key conference partner, UNHCR.

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai attended today (Wednesday, 24th October 2018) the inauguration ceremony of the fifth World Green Economy Summit 2018 in Dubai, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre under the theme ‘Driving innovation, leading change’.

Social norms and practices hindering young women from reaching their potential in MENA was highlighted as one of the main impediments to the region’s developmental aspirations, at a panel discussion organised today (Wednesday) – the inaugural day of the third edition of the Investing in the Future (IIFMENA) conference, currently underway in Sharjah.

The third edition of ‘Investing in Future’ (IIFMENA) conference has got off to an impactful start today (Wednesday) with comments from His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF); Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF; recent Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad, and other senior dignitaries on how the international community must reintegrate efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the youth in the region, save them from becoming prey to violence and extremism, and offer them a real chance to participate in peacebuilding and community building efforts.

In keeping with its tradition of proposing an actionable agenda for its selected theme of development, the third edition of Investing in the Future (IIFMENA) conference has launched the IIFMENA 2018 “Sharjah Declaration for Youth Empowerment”, based on the outcomes of discussions that brought together more than 60 senior youth advocates and international experts to shed light on its theme, ‘Youth – Crisis Challenges and Development Opportunities’. 

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