Special Olympics World Games to make lasting legacy

More than 150 people of determination from 35 countries will share their ideas for a more inclusive world in Abu Dhabi at a new youth forum.

The Special Olympics World Games Youth Leadership Summit, held from 14th to 18th March, will bring together people from across the world to learn, share ideas for best practices and develop plans on how to implement the inclusive vision of the Special Olympics in their home countries.

Young Emiratis will host the youth leaders, who represent seven regions of the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and North America, to participate in a series of workshops and developmental sessions.

The Global Youth Circle will also be held during the event, hosted by HE Shamma Bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, minister of state for youth.

Commenting on the event, Her Excellency said: “We are honoured to host the youth of the world during the youth conference as part of the Special Olympics World Games in the UAE.

“This is an opportunity to offer effective programmes to create an inclusive society, both in our country as well as their homelands.

“What makes the conference special is that it will have the contribution of youth with and without intellectual disabilities in unified projects. In the Year of Tolerance, the UAE aims to bring people together across divides; closing communication gaps that breed ignorance, distrust and fear; breaking down stereotypes; and fostering new relationships founded on deeper understanding, acceptance, respect and trust.

“It means more than simply just accepting the existence of other groups with different norms, language, religion or beliefs or different abilities, and instead interacting with them, learning from them and using those differences to create a strong, peaceful and thriving society.”

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