The Youth and Sports Ministry and the UN have marked World Youth Day 2023 through a joint event at the Olympic Centre to train national teams in Maadi district of Cairo.
The event was held under the theme ‘Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World’.
The event served as a vibrant platform to underscore the critical role of youth in creating a better and more sustainable world for all on a healthier planet, the UN said in a press release.
The youth-led celebration was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, UN system in Egypt, with the participation of 200 Egyptian and non-Egyptian young women and men, who engaged in different activities designed to highlight the urgency of equipping youth with indispensable green skills in the face of pressing environmental challenges.
The event started with a joint-video message from Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt, Elena Panova that reflected a shared commitment to empowering the younger generation with essential skills that will be pivotal in shaping a greener and more sustainable global landscape.
“Our National Youth Strategy places paramount emphasis on fostering technological innovation, economic empowerment, and entrepreneurship. We are equally committed to the principles of environmental sustainability, health, community engagement, and effective governance, all of which converge to shape a prosperous and skilled young populace in Egypt,” Sobhy said.
“Young people want their voices to be heard on the existential issues our world is facing today, from conflicts and climate chaos to poverty, inequality, and discrimination,” Sobhy added.
“The UN is committed to working with the government and all stakeholders for and with young people and ensure that our collective actions are guided by the perspectives and energy of all youth,” he said.