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Reach Out To Asia Reveals Programme for the World Humanitarian Summit Global Youth Consultation
25 August 2015

Doha, Qatar, 25 August, 2015: Reach out to Asia (ROTA), member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has revealed the details for the upcoming Global Youth Consultation (GYC) for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), taking place in Doha from 1st to 2nd September.This event is the first of its kind and will allow the views of young people from around the world to be incorporated into the UN Secretary-General’s report, as well as the overall recommendations, ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2016.

As a member of QF, ROTA believes in the importance of unlocking human potential, as well as the development of human capacity in-line with the Human and Social DevelopmentPillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.Sharing the view young people are critical actors in rethinking the global humanitarian architecture, ROTA, as the event host, is using its expertise, knowledge, and resources to ensure that the youth are given a voice on the global stage.

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, the two-day event will host 303 delegates from 82 countries, including 69 participants representing Qatar. Keynote speakers, including international and local experts, will be joining the global event. The consultation will also be attended by high-profile figures from all over the world to support the young participants in their pursuit to make the world a better place for them and for their peers.

The schedule, which was announced during a press conference today, is set to feature plenary speakers, breakout discussions, voting exercises, engagement meetings with remote participants, skills-building sessions, and an exhibition. The four main topics shaping the event’s programme include:Humanitarian Effectiveness; Serving the Needs of People in Conflict; Transformation through Innovation; and Reducing Vulnerability and Managing Risks. Essa Al Mannai, ROTA’s Executive Director, said: “We are very proud to be chosen by the United Nations to host such a landmark event, where youth from all over the world will come to Doha to have their voices heard on global humanitarian issues in order to create a better future.”

Al Mannai added: “We are so grateful to all our sponsors and to all partner organisations for supporting ROTA’s journey in providing a global platform for the world’s youth. ROTA aims to inspire greater action and involvement of 60 Qatar-based youth in humanitarian issues; to expose 69 Qatar-based youth to major global humanitarian issues and suggest best possibleways to take actions; and encourage ROTA’s Youth Advisory Taskforce to engage, advocate, and contribute to the youth declaration on humanitarian issues.”

Additionally, six local Qatari companies will sponsor the first-ever GYC: Qatar National Bank (QNB), Qatar Airways, Qatar Petroleum (QP), Nakilat, Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), and United Muslim Relief.

There will also be a number of international partner organisations participating, including the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, World Humanitarian Summit Youth Task Force, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Secretary-General's EnvoyonYouth, and Plan International.

GYC will take place at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Centre at Education City, offering12 inspirational international and local speakers, who will support and facilitate discussions between the young participants between 18 to 30 years of age, a global platform for their voice.  It will also be an opportunity to foster increased collaboration between youth organisations in reaching a resilient and sustainable society, where humanitarian needs are met and prevented.

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