(WYF) kicked off on Saturday in the tourist city of Sharm El-Sheikh in South Sinai under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
The WYF will run until November 10; representing Egypt’s first experience at organizing such an international youth event.
In conjunction with the forum’s preparations, a series of promotional materials and advertisements were created with the official forum’s slogan “We need to talk.” All promotional materials promoted Egypt as a safe and secure destination for people from across the world to visit and enjoy the rich culture and heritage of one of the earliest civilizations in the world.
The promotional materials featured a number of Egyptian sport and public figures as well as a song produced to inaugurate the forum, performed by famous Algerian singer Cheb Khaled.
The WYF was first announced during the National Youth Conference in Alexandria in July, which was also attended by Sisi. According to the WYF’s official website, the forum is “built by promising youth that sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony and progress to the entire world.” The WYF attracted more than 3,000 participants representing 113 states, with 52 official international delegations as well as youth representatives from various countries.
The forum includes various pillars aiming to tackle subjects of interest to both national and international youth, including youth global issues, sustainable development, technology and entrepreneurship, civilization and culture, preparing future leaders and the Model United Nations (MUN).
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