Forum for the Future 2010: Regional Preparatory Workshop on Youth Participation
Wednesday, 20 October 2010, was the conclusion of the three-day Regional Preparatory Workshop on Youth Participation, organized in Beirut by the Civil Society Organizations preparatory committee for the Doha 2010 Forum for the Future. Mr. Mohsen Marzouk, the ADF Secretary-General, delivered a speech at the closing ceremony, organized under the auspices of the Lebanese Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Ali Abdullah, in which he stated that "it is to be expected that the Doha Forum for the Future would be an important moment in the history of the Forum since its creation. The preparatory process included this year innovative and unprecedented activities, such as the integration of young people in discussions and debates. Innovation also meant the organization of national workshops in 6 Arab countries to expand participation.” He also stressed that “one of the features of this year’s inventive character of the Forum is the commitment of the State of Qatar as co-chair, with financial and programmatic contributions, which was not the case of the previous editions, supported only by foreign contributions."
The second day of the workshop was marked by the presence of His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, Assistant to the Foreign Minister for Follow Up Affairs and Chairman of the Permanent Committee for the Organization of Conferences, who took part in a roundtable with the participating youth. H.E. discussed, together with the representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs of the US and Canada, the expected results of the Forum.
ADF submitted a proposal to establish an Arab Youth Forum for Development and Reform, to serve as a follow-up mechanism, in a presentation made by Mrs. Wafa Ben Haj Omar, ADF Deputy- Director of programs at the opening ceremony on 18 October 2010.
The workshop was inaugurated by the Minister of Interior and Municipalities of Lebanon, Mr. Ziad Baroud, who praised in his comment of Qatar hosting the Forum in Doha, the leading and distinguished role played by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, to support and empower youth, whether through education or programs to enhance employment in several diverse and comprehensive initiatives.