“You are the hope of this nation, you are the future of this nation, not the barrels of oil,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, once said to the UAE’s young people.
It’s with this in mind that the country has made a decisive pledge for the future of its youth with a series of proposals to support their political and social development at a prominent international event.
Speaking at the Forum of Young Parliamentarians in Geneva, Switzerland recently, Federal National Council member Faisal Al Dhabahi emphasised the importance of youth participation in shaping the future.
Proposing the formation of an international ‘Youth Circle’ and a dialogue platform to better discuss the challenges and circumstances facing today’s young people, the minister highlighted a particular need for youth engagement in the political sphere.
The proposals follow the UAE’s recent efforts to support its young as part of its Vision 2021 initiative and Youth Empowerment Strategy, launched in 2015.
To this end, a 13-member youth council advisory panel and a Youth Media Council have been formed.
The UAE has also sought the views of its young citizens with an annual report launched last year that analyses feedback from young people on a number of national issues.