The Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations at Geneva managed to pass a resolution in the International Human Rights Council at its fortieth session entitled “Youth and Human Rights”. The UN resolution is considered the first to refer to the contributions of the World Youth Forum in its first and second editions, held in Sharm el-Sheikh during 2017 and 2018, as an international forum for discussing global issues from the youth perspective. Ambassador Alaa Youssef, Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, mentioned that the statement delivered by Egypt’s delegation during the draft resolution adoption session enhanced Egypt’s belief that the increasing number of youth around the world, specifically in developing countries, is accompanied by huge challenges and opportunities. These challenges and opportunities include paving the way and creating the necessary atmosphere that will enable the youth to enjoy both human and basic freedom rights as well as overcoming challenges in those regards, including economic, social and cultural rights and actively taking part in realizing their rights in development and peace for all, especially that youth constitute the main driver and beneficiary of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The Egyptian delegation presented in front of the Human Rights Council how the World Youth Forum was established in 2017 as a platform to support youth ideas providing ample and adequate space to express and exchange their opinions without barriers and to come up with recommendations for decision makers. Egypt’s delegation referred that around 5000 youth from around the world took part in the last edition of 2018 to express their opinions regarding the global challenges facing our world today whereas several sessions and workshops where were held.
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