The United Nations in Egypt and the Egyptian government, represented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, celebrated the International Youth Day, by holding an electronic platform that accommodates 500 participants from various youth initiatives throughout the Arab Republic of Egypt.
This year’s World Youth Day highlights the theme (Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovations for Human and Planet Health), highlighting the solutions young innovators have found to address challenges to our food systems to address food inequality, biodiversity loss and environmental threats.
The United Nations Media Center in Cairo stated – in a statement today – that the main objective of this event is to provide a platform for Egyptian youth; To participate and contribute to providing pioneering solutions towards food security and biodiversity conservation.
Today’s activities began with the broadcast of a video message of the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the occasion of International Youth Day, in which he said: “Young people are on the front lines of the struggle to build a better future for all.
He added that “the United Nations is guided by the (Youth 2030) strategy, which is the youth strategy across the United Nations system, to enhance its work for young people around the world, and he urged everyone to ensure that young people have a seat at the table, while we build a world based on inclusive development. equitable and sustainable.
For her part, Elena Panova, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Egypt, said, “International Youth Day is a special celebration because it recognizes the potential of young people in Egypt who make up about 60% of Egypt’s population. It is also a special celebration in 2021, as it addresses the potential of youth in Egypt. Transforming food systems, restoring the planet and protecting lives. Engaging young people in making informed decisions about food choices is the driver behind accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
She added: “We are very proud that this celebration has been held in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the United Nations family in Egypt for many years, and it has become a tradition in our cooperation because it provides an opportunity for young people in Egypt who are making a change to achieve our goals for a better future and a “dignified life.” “.
In turn, Frederica Mayer, representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Egypt, pointed out that 60% of the Egyptian population is under the age of 29, and therefore, it is important to invest in young people and provide them with knowledge and skills so that they can achieve their full potential, and thus Egypt reap the benefit from its demographic dividend, and achieve Good progress in achieving the sustainable development goals of Egypt’s 2030 Agenda.
The opening speeches concluded with the speech of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, who addressed the youth, saying, “We have packages of integrated projects and ambitious plans in Egypt with the aim of empowering young people in various political, economic, social, cultural, sports and development fields in general, all of which work in light of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic which gives unprecedented support, attention and care to the Egyptian youth, by maximizing their contributions and placing their requirements at the forefront of the agenda of national priorities and tracks of action.
Then a representative from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) presented an introductory session on (Food Systems), where basic concepts about food system operations were explained, in addition to the challenges we face to provide nutritious food, and contribute to enhancing livelihood opportunities in an environmentally sustainable way.
The session on “Food Systems” paved the way for an interesting discussion and question-and-answer session with the prominent nutritionist and social media influencer in Egypt, Dr. Nourhan Kandil, where Dr. Nourhan discussed the importance of adopting healthy and balanced diets as well as exchanging health tips and recommended foods to boost immunity. The COVID-19 virus has highlighted the urgent need for this kind of radical change.
Then various sessions were presented by representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and several United Nations organizations in Egypt, where entrepreneurship solutions towards youth education, health care and biodiversity conservation were discussed.
The celebration concluded with the broadcast of an inspiring song by the young and talented singer “Nouran Abu Talib”.
The United Nations in Egypt is working closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in order to achieve more youth participation and empowerment, while ensuring that young people are well informed of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its seventeen sustainable development goals, and indicates that the success of this global effort will not be achieved without participation useful for young people.