Youth play a 'vital role in making the world peaceful'.
HE Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Chairperson of Rota, was present at the inaugural ceremony. She visited various stalls of the exhibition that was organised as part of the conference.
Around 400 youth delegates from Qatar, the GCC and the United Kingdom are participating in the three-day conference.
The Empower 2013 conference features a mix of skill-building workshops, keynote speeches, interactive seminars and off-site project activities and various social and cultural events.
This year the theme proposed for the conference is 'Water Co-operation'. In reflection of the declaration of 2013 as the International Year of Water Co-operation by the United Nations General Assembly, the conference is dedicated to water co-operation.
Speaking on the occasion Sheikha Aisha said that Qatar has emerged as the hub of many activities for development and Empower 2013 signifies the same spirit.
She explained: "As key stakeholders in the future of Qatar, the youth have a vital role to play in determining progress towards a more peaceful, equal and prosperous world. With this in mind, Empower 2013 brings together key players among the youth, including our neighbours from the GCC countries and the United Kingdom, to share views and exchange experiences, to acquire additional skills needed to tackle the issues that really matter to young people in all countries." She added that during the conference the youth delegates would discover their voice, realise their potential to make a positive contribution and develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes to take on active leadership roles within their communities.
Rota executive director Essa al-Mannai elaborated the activities of Rota and applauded the great work carried out by the volunteers in different parts of Asia.
He said: "The main aims of Empower 2013 are to raise awareness and build knowledge and capacity to enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues of concern to them especially in the area of sustainable development and sports." He also said that the conference would be a platform for youth from different countries to network with the youth of Qatar and an excellent opportunity for other regions to learn from some of the best practices.
During the 3-day event, Empower delegates will attend several workshops that will focus on exploring the theme of sustainable development and investigating the problems that can arise while engaging in development activities in the context of environmental sustainability.
Other highlights of the conference are designed to inspire, challenge and reward active participation, include seminar panel discussions, keynote speeches, lectures, group workshops, and off-site, service learning activities.
Gulf Times Newspaper 2013
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