CAIRO – 2 November 2018: The World Youth Forum’s (WYF) Facebook page announced on Friday the names of the Forum keynote speakers that will present talks during the two-day second edition of the forum.
The forum will host 5,000 youth from 160 countries with the attendance of a number of ministers and officials as well as the presidents some countries.
“We have an exceptional lineup of speakers for this year’s World Youth Forum. Stay tuned for our sessions on the 4th and the 5th of November. #WorldYouthForum,” WYF announced on its Facebook page. Egypt Today presents brief of WYF prominent speakers;
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Blerta Aliko : UN Women Country Representative
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Aliko heads UN Women Egypt whose main objective is to empower women and reduce gender inequality. Appointed as the country representative in January 2018, Aliko brings over twenty-two years of experience to her position along with new perspectives on how to transform intersecting gender-related issues in Egypt.
Most recently, Aliko held the position of deputy regional director for the UN Women Regional Office for Arab States in Cairo, and prior to that has worked with other UN development and humanitarian programs, including UNDP and UNICEF.
Blerta holds a masters’ degree in Business Administration from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and graduated from the Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana in Albania.
Blerta Aliko has earlier considered 2017 to be a successful year for women in Egypt due to an initiative launched by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to empower women and support sustainable development in Egypt.
Aliko hailed the Egyptian government’s allocation of a special budget to take the necessary measures to establish equality between both genders.
Lily Kwong : Founder of LILY KWONG Studio (LKS)
Kwong is a model, landscape designer and fashion cross-pollinator. She works in helping brands become more environmentally friendly. In 2015 she created a pop-up shop between H&M and Amour Vert, an eco-minded fashion label based in San Francisco.
She has designed an eco-friendly capsule collection with Maiyet, as well as a landscape installation for its SoHo store.
“These brands seek me out because of my record and knowledge around sustainable products,” she said.
Lindsey Aldaco-Manner: President of World Youth Parliament for Water
Lindsey is a graduate of the master's program at Texas A&M University, where she focused on science-based policy and water reuse governance.
“My experience as the president for the Texas A&M Water Network, as well as my graduate profession, have given be foundational management and mobilizing experience that I am grateful to apply to my new position within the Parliament,” she said.
She works to empower youth to stand on decision-making panels regarding water in their individual countries, and to place a strong emphasis in expanding our network in the Middle East and Africa as these two regions are underrepresented in our parliament.
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 WYF in its second annual version will tackle two main axes: peace and development.
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, counter-terrorism issues, and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
The theme of the 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 the 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 recommendations of the 2017 World Youth Forum.
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 the technology and social media and their impact on the population.