Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi concluded the works of the third edition of the World Youth Forum on Tuesday, with resolutions that tackled partnerships with similar international platforms and the establishment of the Mediterranean Youth Forum to enhance cooperation between Mediterranean countries.
The forum, which was held in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh in South Sinai over a period of 4 days, gathered 7,000 participants and 150 speakers of various nationalities.
The final decisions included the launching of the “Survival Ships” initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of “illegal immigration”, as well as to “create an international center to integrate affected youth in post-conflict areas.”
Highlighting the importance of working to achieve development and technological goals, Sisi announced the establishment of a “regional center for artificial intelligence” and the launching of “an international documentary film competition aimed at promoting and highlighting the United Nations development goals.”
During the last day of the conference, local media broadcast a recorded meeting between the Egyptian President and a number of young people from different nationalities.
“[Terrorism] has sought over the past years to disrupt Egypt’s energy to move forward”, Sisi said, adding: “No project based on terrorism and destruction can succeed... The only project that can succeed is the one based on work, construction, development, and peace.”
As Egypt will soon hand over the presidency of the African Union to South Africa in February, Sisi touched on Cairo’s intention to complete its efforts on the Dark Continent, stressing that his country would continue to seek solutions to the existing crises.