The World Youth Forum 2023 launches a large package of development initiatives and projects, the WYF will not take place in its traditional annual format in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh due to the recent successive global crises and their humanitarian and economic repercussions. Instead, the proceeds from sponsorship revenues will be directed towards implementing a package of important development initiatives and programs that have a direct impact on citizens and young people, both in Egypt and abroad, in cooperation with the forum’s international and local partners.
This move serves as a call to implement development instead of discussing ways to achieve it.
The programs and initiatives include:
- Startups, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs Initiative
An initiative for supporting small and medium-sized enterprises and helping entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses, especially in villages included in the Haya Karima Initiative. This is in cooperation with the Ebda initiative for the development of Egyptian industry, the Haya Karima Foundation, the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Entlaq Company, the UN Industrial Development Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the International Labour Organization.
The ‘Learning to Earning’ initiative, which aims to qualify Egyptian, Arab, African, and expatriate youth for the labor market and help them overcome obstacles and obtain decent jobs. The initiative will be implemented in cooperation with the UN Children’s Fund and the National Training Academy.
A program to tackle the challenges of food security and develop the capacities of farmers and food industries in Egypt and Africa. Participants include the Ebda initiative, the National Alliance for Civil Development Work, the Haya Karima Foundation, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
- Mental Health Support Program
A mental health support program for the victims of conflict zones, in cooperation with the Fahim Foundation and the World Health Organization.
- Refugees and Migrants Initiative
An international initiative to support and empower refugees and migrants and enhance their integration into educational, healthcare, and social protection programs through cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Egypt, the International Organization for Migration, Save the Children, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The World Youth Forum Platform for Volunteers will qualify volunteers to participate in charitable work that targets poor and conflict-stricken countries. The initiative will also implement many exchange programs for volunteers between different countries in cooperation with the Haya Karima Foundation, the National Alliance for Civil Development Work, the Arab Voluntary Union, and UN Volunteers.