Mohammed approves UAE youth engagement strategy

Sheikh Mohammed reviews the action plan and the 100-day programme of the Minister of State for Youth Affairs, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan and Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi (Wam)

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday reviewed the action plan and the 100-day programme of the Minister of State for Youth Affairs, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

In a meeting with Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed approved a number of initiatives and programmes for establishing youth councils across the country, as well as launching an integrated directory for youth values which will serve as a reference in all youth-related educational and media materials.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued directives to draft a long-term national strategy for youth engagement and to launch a joint programme with the UAE's permanent mission, aimed at developing the skills of the young Emiratis representing the country in international arenas.

He also sanctioned the launch of youth platforms in collaboration with relevant national organisations to explore opportunities for the youth.

"Governments cannot carry out sustainable development without meaningful partnerships with the youth," Sheikh Mohammed said.

He said that the UAE was established by the youth and will continue to rely on their capabilities and skills.

"We advised the minister of state for youth affairs to listen, listen and listen to the youth and to convey to us their feedback so that the government can create an ideal environment for them to achieve their aspirations," he added.

Sheikh Mohammed noted that caring about the youth is not solely a responsibility of the Minister for Youth Affairs, but of all government and private entities.

The Minister of State for Youth Affairs said while presenting her 100-day programme that the action plan and the different initiatives were aimed at developing an integrated system to provide support to the youth and to create an environment where the youth can innovate and contribute to the welfare of the community.

The action plan is inspired by the vision of Sheikh Mohammed for a government that provides hope, life and future. The programme includes the following elements:

- Hope making: Inspiring the youth to provide hope to others by shining light on the outstanding young Emiratis and celebrating their achievements

- Life making: Supporting and encouraging the youth to provide a better life to others by empowering them to engage in social responsibility

- Future making: Continuously pursuing solutions to lead in the future and to cooperate with the youth in drawing their future

The work programme includes a number of awareness programmes and strategic initiatives which will work within an integrated system to support the youth. The system aims at inspiring the youth, taking advantage of their potentials and listening to their aspirations as well as empowering them through continuous training.

The action plan also comprises a number of initiatives and projects such as local youth councils in various emirates to promote the young Emirati model across the country and to coordinate the federal and local efforts.

The action plan also includes Youth Platforms, which will be dialogic forums organised periodically in various locations in the UAE to display the best practices and to discuss the most important issues related to young people, their aspirations and challenges in order to come up with practical and innovative ideas.

The action plan also includes Waqf (Endowment) Services, which will be provided in cooperation with various business incubators in the country that would contribute to developing youth projects and promote pioneering entrepreneurship in the country.

The list of Waqf services to be provided will include offices for youth projects, services projects and rooms for events for young people as well as endowment licenses for them.

It also includes Youth Platforms, interactive and smart platforms for the youth in the UAE and online platforms for dialogue and discussions on a number of topics and issues of concern to young people in the UAE.

The Action plan will also include the National Strategy for the Youth under which consultation will be provided and youth will be involved in the development of a national and integrated strategy that serves as a framework for all the efforts that are being made to support young people and empower them in society as well as a mechanism for the implementation of initiatives and projects that will develop them.

It will also include the Manual of Emirati Values for the UAE Youth which aims at developing innovative ideas to instil Emirati values among the UAE youth, which would contribute to enhancing their awareness about the UAE values through using innovative, effective and easy ways.

During the coming period, more details will be announced about these initiatives and others that will be launched as part of the action plan.

AlMazrui confirmed that the Emirates Youth Council will coordinate with all relevant authorities, whether from the government or private sector, to work within a single integrated team framework to reach the desired objectives in line with the vision of Sheikh Mohammed for the youth.