Ali, Alena give voice to Omani youth at UN forum
April 15, 2019 | 9:46 PM
by Times News Service
Alena Dique

Muscat: Invited by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Inga Rhonda King, Ali Al Rahma and Alena Dique represented Oman and its youth communities at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019, which took place on April 8 and 9.

The forum provided a platform for young leaders from around the world to engage in a dialogue with United Nations member states and to share ideas for advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Paris Climate Agreement.

This special session marked the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) 100 years and official UN commemoration of the Centenary.

Ali Al Rahma was appointed as a facilitator of the breakout session organised by the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) on Youth transitions to decent work: education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in urban and rural areas where suggestions from over 100 youth change makers were drafted on policy making, technology and innovation, soft skills development and Rural Youth.

Ali has been part and heads various national and international volunteering and charity driven initiatives in the country. He is currently a Board Member of the Oman American Business Centre, Head of the Ariel Foundation International MENA region and a Fulbright Fellowship Alumni.

Alena Dique was invited as a speaker by UN ECOSOC, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and ILO on SDG 8: beyond GDP to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

The segment discussed how the creation of good quality jobs could be a tool for promoting the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development.

It also served as a platform to identify policy choices and possible trade-offs that could arise from an integrated approach. Prior to attending the ECOSOC Youth Forum, Alena also attended the 2018 UNCTAD Youth Forum in Geneva representing Oman, is the finalist of the Middle East young leader of the year award 2018 and her latest publications on Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Green Innovation are available at the UN Library of Congress.

The Forum gave opportunity to showcase the significant role played by the national and resident community in Oman in securing Oman’s Vision 2040.

Vision 2040 aims at providing a society with a creative core through an all-inclusive, sustainable teaching system with community participation and a focus on human development in education, as well as an increase in scientific research fuelled by diversified funding for teaching and research.

The conclusions of the thematic sessions at UN ECOSOC are documented for review at the ILO High Level Ministers meeting at UN.

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