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Kuwait Economic Society, British Council launch 2nd phase of Global.

Kuwait Economic Society and the British Council launched the second phase of the Global Changemakers programme in Kuwait, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the British Council said that the signing ceremony was attended by Chairperson of Kuwait Economic Society MP Dr Rola Dashti, and Director of the British Council Stephen Forbes, in addition to other senior members from both organisations. Dr Dashti praised the Global Changemakers programme for the opportunities it is providing for the youth in Kuwait and for facilitating their participation in regional and international events. "We started working in partnership with the British Council on the first phase of the programme in April 2008 and this proved to be successful with young people participating regularly in events such as the Global Youth Summit in the UK and World Economic Forum Middle East events. This has led the partnership to launch its second phase of collaboration," commented Dr Dashti. So far, over 20 youth in Kuwait have been directly engaged one way or another with the activities of this programme, with almost 500 members joining the Global Changemakers Kuwait Facebook group. Forbes, meanwhile, said, "Through this programme, the British Council supports young people around the world to gain the knowledge and the skills needed to contribute better to their communities through voluntary service and activism. "They have the opportunity to serve their countries while at the same time enriching the global community worldwide through their participation in the Global Changemakers network around the world. "The British Council strives to work with local non-profit civil society organisations in the implementation of such programmes and we are delighted to have found such a supportive partner in Kuwait Economic Society." An integral part of Global Changemakers is to provide the youth with the opportunity to meet the decision makers, whether at local levels, regional or international levels, and voice their opinions and the views and the outlooks of their peers towards the existing challenges in our societies and the world. Young people today can contribute positively in shaping the world they have to live in tomorrow. Some of the opportunities planned for them this year include participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) for the Middle East which will be held in Morocco in October this year and the next annual Global Youth Summit to be held in the UK in November, for which any youth who is active in the community can apply online on the website for Global Changemakers. Founded at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2007, Global Changemakers have partnered with, and participated in, World Economic Forum events, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Global Humanitarian Forum, the World Meteorological Organisation's World Climate Conference 3 and the G20. Individual supporters include Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, former US President Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown (the patron of Global Changemakers) and the actress Emma Thompson.

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