Behind the UN curtains: Launching the World Youth Alliance in the Middle East

February 02, 2013 9:30 am -- February 02, 2013 12:00 pm

How is the UN development agenda set? Who decides how much money goes where? Does this agenda really respond to the needs of people at the national and sub-national levels?

In a dramatically changing Arab world, youth are increasingly involved in and committed to defending human rights and protecting their freedom. Yet, within the mystifying UN policies and the wide array of causes and initiatives constantly fighting for our attention, how do we filter out the most relevant, effective, and human-centered ideas and approaches?

Operating from regional offices around the world, the World Youth Alliance has finally arrived to the Middle East, and will be officially launching the Beirut-based regional office on February 2, 2013 at the UNESCO Palace.

The ceremony, entitled “Behind the UN Curtains” will include speakers from the founders and international board members of WYA and will address these as well as some of the most pressing questions pertaining to today’s youth, their role in impacting policy and WYA’s goal in helping them better understand and articulate the fundamental role of the dignity of the human person in policy and culture.

Schedule of the ceremony:

Saturday, February 2, 2013 9:30am UNESCO Palace

  9:45 – 10:00   Welcome drink
10:00 – 10:20   Opening Speech – Dignity in an Ever-changing World 
                                Ms. Anna Halpine – Founder and CEO of the World Youth Alliance
10:20 – 10:30   Q&A Session
10:30 – 10:50   Bringing the World Youth Alliance to the Middle East
                               Dr. Habib Malik – Member of WYA's International Board of Directors
                               Dr. Habib Abou Jamra – Vice President of the National Advisory
10:50 – 11:00   Q&A Session
11:00 – 11:20   Current and Future Plans in the Middle East
               Mr. Cedric  Choukeir – Regional Director of WYA Middle East
11:20 – 11:30   Q&A Session
11:30 – 11:45   Movie Screening of Manhattan International Film Festival Winners
11:45 – 12:00   Reception

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