he World Youth Forum (WYF2021) witnessed wide international acclaim from leaders, heads of government, and many officials around the world.
The fourth edition of the World Youth Forum was launched on 10 – 13 January, 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, South Sinai, in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and a number of world leaders and prominent influential figures, amid strict precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Corona pandemic.
As part of the global appreciation of the WYF2021, George Villa, President of Malta, commended the forum as one of the most important global youth events, especially in the current bleak situation humanity is going through.
“A magnificent example of how the global response to the crises facing humanity through a comprehensive and varied dialogue” said Villa.
On his part, Ivan Duque Marquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, praised the fourth edition of the Forum, addressing his call to leaders, saying: “We invite you to work to defend young people and the lives of these generations. Without that, we will not build the present and the future.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, described the WYF2021 as a huge opportunity to incubate many ideas and create a safer and healthier future, emphasizing the need for governments to work on building young people to play a pivotal role in their societies.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Youth Affairs, stressed that the WYF2021 is working to spread peace and harmony among young people from different countries, thanking Egypt for its invitation.
She affirmed in her speech that a large part of its mission is to make the UN closer to the youth and vice versa.
President Klaus Iohannis, President of the Republic of Romania, lauded the Forum, saying: “The WYF2021 has become an important component of the global youth movement because it gives young people an important path to participate as a young generation.”
In the meantime, Kassim Majaliwa, Prime Minister of Tanzania, affirmed his support for the WYF to be a sustainable platform for listening to all visions and for youth to engage in politics and make our world better.
He noted that the previous three editions of the World Youth Forum dealt with issues of concern to the world and how to engage the youth in global issues.
Miguel Angel Moratinos, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative of the United Nations Alliance for Civilizations, described the forum as an “exceptional golden opportunity for dialogue”, praising the organization of this year’s fourth session and the initiative of President Sisi, which helped everyone engage in an interactive dialogue.
He added, “The visit to Sharm el-Sheikh is a special moment for me. I call it the city of peace. I have visited it on several occasions, and it has always played an active role in advancing the peace process between Israel and Palestine.”
While Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF”, congratulated Egypt on the launch of the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum, and added, during a recorded speech broadcast on UNICEF social media platforms, saying: “On behalf of UNICEF, I congratulate Egyptian President Sisi who announced the launching of the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum 2021, and continued: “I wish you a fruitful and successful forum.”
Moreover, Shamma Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs, expressed her appreciation for participating in the fourth session of the WYF, saying: “We are here at the World Youth Forum to sow hope again… Hope is essential to facing all challenges.”
She added: “Happy to be between our people and our second homeland, Egypt, and we agree that we move towards Egypt with emotion before any other consideration, for it is for all of us (the heart).”
She cited the words of the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan: “The renaissance of Egypt is the renaissance of the Arab nation.”
The Ambassador of the United States in Cairo, Jonathan Cohen, thanked President Sisi for inviting him to participate in the panel discussion “A Warning to Humanity and New Hope” at the World Youth Forum, continuing: “I attended the last edition of the WYF in 2019, and I liked very much the enthusiasm the guys I met at the time, and I’m glad we got together for the fourth edition.”
On his part, Forgen Pang, Vice President of the Chinese Youth Association, stressed that Egypt is a dear and important country for his country, stressing that the WYF2021 played a pivotal role in promoting youth in various countries of the world and exchanging experiences related to youth development through global consensus and consensus as a top priority to achieve the goals development that depends on the efforts of young people.
The WYF is an annual global event held in Sharm El-Sheikh in South Sinai, under the auspices of President Sisi. The forum was launched in three editions in the past years 2017, 2018, and 2019.
The forum aims to bring together the world’s youth in order to promote dialogue and discuss development issues, and to send a message of peace and prosperity from Egypt to the world. The United Nations Commission for Social Development has adopted the three previous editions of the World Youth Forum in Egypt as an international platform for discussing youth issues.