UN organises Social Innovation Camp in UAE

Under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Group's UNDAF Design Innovation Facility, the UNCT along with the UNDP programme team, recently organised a two-day Social Innovation Camp under the theme, "Tackling Youth Unemployment and Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship in the UAE".

This event was hosted by the University of Wollongong in Dubai and served as a launch for UNDP Youth Leadership Programme II (YLP). The camp brought together 13 young Emirati men and women, mostly from the YLP group, with the potential to become effective leaders in their communities.

Relevant stakeholders from the UAE government and international organisations were invited to participate in the SI Camp as well.

Frode Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the UAE, while addressing the young participants said, "Emirati youth are the most important stakeholders to drive the sustainable development agenda forward in the country."

"What is different about this Social Innovation Camp is that it stimulates sustainable innovative solutions for key youth-related challenges that can be scaled up to make a difference across the UAE," he added.