Youth Resolution

Based on four-days of consultation and expert workshops, the delegation of 12 young men and women has developed the following resolutions:

1. Ensure the inclusion of youth in the decision-making process through the establishment of a quasi-governmental Regional Youth Advisory Council, with pan-Arab representation, which would be enriched with the representation of youth minorities, refugees, and stateless youth. The released legislation would be supported by local/national executive youth-led councils in the respective countries and social groups.

2. Establish youth ministries across the region backed by national budgets for youth development with the average age of ministers not exceeding 35 years of age.

3. Mandate the establishment and funding of youth community centers in all urban and rural areas, allowing youth free access to supplementary educational, technological, recreational, cultural, and social facilities and activities.

4. Set and formally adopt anti-harassment reporting and protection policies, including social media harassment and cyber bullying, with strict disciplinary actions against offenders, and provision of coaching and psychological support.

5. Develop community awareness and empowerment campaigns promoting gender equality and social justice at grassroots and community levels for the rights of young women and girls, and ensure male participation in anti-discrimination dialogue.

6. Develop and support youth-led innovation and entrepreneurial projects, through providing digital, and physical platforms for cocreation, skills-based training, and funding solutions.

7. Formulate an intellectual property rights (IPR) protection law, specifically for youth innovation and youth-led projects.

8. Provide the youth with investment, banking solutions and access to credit facilities supporting their economic empowerment and financial independence, backed by inclusive financial literacy initiatives

9. Ensure access to inclusive and equitable quality education through the implementation of decentralisation policies for guaranteeing equal distribution of educational and financial resources, over different rural and urban demographic landscapes.

10. Create an online learning platform to allow youth, over all geographic areas, equal and free access to innovative learning technologies and academic enhancement tools, with the aim of supporting youth needs for supplementary learning.

11. Develop and mandate the implementation of business-led youth mentorship, career-guidance, paid internship, training, and job readiness programs, allowing all youth access to employability and resources for becoming self-reliant.

12. Provide essential youth crisis resilience and leadership programs, to enhance youth readiness and abilities for coping with crisis-related risks and trauma.

13. Prioritize youth educational needs during crises, including access to ICT and distant-learning facilities, and ensure equal access to interventions for girls during crises.

14. Create a central Educational Scholarships Platform for youth to search and access information regarding application requirements, submission of applications and financial solutions for educational opportunities, in partnership with universities, foundations, corporate, and private sponsors.

15. Record and preserve youth educational and professional data in case of crises, and developing a digital professional networking group for showcasing youth talent and job opportunities (similar to a youth LinkedIn concept).

It is our hope, on behalf of all the youth participating in this conference and representing their national and social groups, that these resolutions will be considered for formal adoption by the respective governmental organizations.

Sharjah Declaration For Youth Empowerment

The Sharjah Declaration For Youth Empoerment Calls on Member States to:

1. Put the acquisition of life skills at the center of Youth Policy Decision-making to prepare children and youth to LEAP into the Future: ready to Learn, engage in Employment, be Active Citizen and in control of their own Personal growth and empowerment.

2. Promote policies that foster an enabling environment and recognize the important role of young women as agents of economic stabilization and growth.

3. Mainstream gender in all plans, policies and programmes which are aimed at empowering, protecting and supporting youth

4. Utilize existing endeavors towards education reforms, and the changing demographics as a window of opportunity to translate investment in human capital into further development and economic growth.

5. Coordinate efforts of Governments, UN Agencies, NGOs, academics, and the private sector to transform education and promote open systems that enable flexible learning opportunities beyond schooling

6. Note that youth entrepreneurship is a driving force of socio-economic development. It is an enabler, driver and empowering tool for sustainable development with far-reaching benefits.

7. Act to create conditions which are conducive to youth entrepreneurs. The world’s large and growing youth population can be a powerful and transformative force for a better world – if the right investments and decisions are made now.

8. Ensure that all refugee youth are protected against violence, abuse, and exploitation, and to have access to national systems and services delivered in a protective way, including health and psychosocial support.

9. Have the best interests of refugee youth taken as a primary consideration in all matters affecting their well-being and their future.