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CAIRO - 16 October 2018: Nearly 122,000 youth from 195 countries register in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), set for Sharm el Sheikh city on November 3-6.
The forum's managers decided to close registration for the 2018 forum, which is held under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
They announced that 122,000 youth aged from 18 to 40 registered online in the forum. Out of 122,000, 68,000 persons registered to participate in the forum and 13,000 others to take the chance to speak up loud.
Also, 5,000 artists registered to participate in the forum's theater.
The forum also decided to host 5,000 youth from 145 countries to participate in this year's forum, compared to 3,000 participants last year.
The second annual edition of the WYF will tackle two main axes: peace and development. The forum will bring together more than 3,000 youths represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.
The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and counter-terrorism, and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.
The axis of development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.
An Arab-African Summit Simulation Model will be held on the sidelines of the forum, as was recommended during the African Union Simulation Model held in May 2018 as part of the activation of the 2017 World Youth Forum's recommendations.
The first edition of the World Youth Forum was launched from Nov. 4-10, 2017 in Sharm El-Sheikh. It was attended by 3,200 participants from 113 countries. The forum was a platform for 222 speakers from 64 countries with expertise in various fields, gathered in 46 sessions.
In the 2017 edition, the participating leaders and experts discussed various international and regional issues, including crises of migration and refugees, democracy and human rights, African stability and development, and globalization and cultural identity, as well as technology and social media and their impact on the population.
In July 2017, the president announced organizing, for the first time, the WYF in Sharm El-Sheikh during the fourth National Youth Conference in Alexandria.
Nawal el-Sayed and MENA contributed to this report