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Sisi Inaugurates World Youth Forum, Calls for Ending ‘Discrimination’

Sisi Inaugurates World Youth Forum, Calls for Ending ‘Discrimination’

Sunday, 15 December, 2019 - 10:45
Dignitaries attend the opening of the World Youth Forum. (World Youth Forum)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched Saturday the third edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Sisi called for ending discrimination based on religion, gender and race, saying the forum is a message of peace that is founded on constructive dialogue and the need to build a world of stability and amity.

Guests at the event included Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Prince Khalid al-Faisal, Advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, and Speaker of the Libyan parliament, Aguila Saleh.

Speakers at the launch included Director General of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Li Young.

In a recorded statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed youths saying: “We want your meaningful participation” at the forum.

Around 7,000 individuals are taking part in the forum, which concludes on Tuesday. They will attend 24 sessions and 14 workshops.

Panel discussions will tackle climate change, food security in Africa, sustainable development in the continent, terrorism and armed conflicts and cooperation and coordination among the Mediterranean states.

Ahead of the inauguration, Sisi paid a visit to the King Salman International University’s branch in Sharm El-Sheikh.

A statement by presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady said Sisi was briefed on the facilities of the university, which is lies on an area of about 35 acres. Construction at the site began in July 2017 and is expected to be complete in March 2020.

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