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Written By: Mohammed al-Kibsi & Fares Anam
Article Date: Aug 12, 2008 - 5:24:32 AM
The Youth Media Forum (YMF) in collaboration with United Nations volunteers organized an open day under the logo of “youth, life, hope” on the occasion of the World Youth Day (WYD), on August 12.
The open day aims to spread the concept of voluntary work in society and to strengthen it and the activities that will take place are to be launched at the Trade Center in Sana’a today, Tuesday August 12 from 10:30am to 1:00pm.
“WYD is an activity that aims to define youth’s volunteer work in gatherings youth places,” said Fras Shamsan, chairman of the YMF. “We chose Sana’a Trade Center because it attracts a large number of youth.” He hopes to give them a “mini dose” on voluntary work and its positive impact in society.
During the morning, the organizers will arrange some workshops focusing on those who have initiatives in voluntary work. “We will provide them with a lot of information and instructions in order to improve their initiatives,” Shamsan said.
In the middle of the day, they will present a smart game enhancing and promoting team work. “We will form two teams to play this game in order to search for clippings images that are to be found in one of the shops. One question will be given to the two teams to answer it,” added Shamsan. The question is the way to collect clippings from photos that symbolize the importance of volunteerism.
A group of youth who have experienced success in voluntary work will attend and participate during the day activities, sharing their success experiences and presenting their ideas in order to benefit the youths.
Some sketching video show for youth will be presented in the youth day, explaining Yemeni youth’s problems such as qat chewing. Shamsan clarified that these sketches also will provide solutions for ending youth’s problems and their bad daily habits.
On this occasion Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director, in her remark entitled “Youth and climate change: time for action,” said: “let us recognize the potential of youth in tackling the greatest challenges of our times.”
“From eliminating extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV, young people are a dynamic force for positive change. They can contribute to the world’s efforts to overcome the threat of climate change, one of the defining challenges of our time,” said Obaid.
Obaid added that today, about a quarter of all people on Earth are between the ages of 10 and 25. With adequate knowledge and skills, this generation can become a strong advocate for sustainable development and the preservation of natural resources.
“They can engage their communities to find solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change and they can ensure that we meet the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” she said.
“Young people must be involved in the development and implementation of plans, policies and programs impacting the environment. UNFPA is committed to partnerships between youth and adults in order to promote inter-generational dialogues and cooperation,” affirmed Obaid in her message.