Launch of UNDP Youth Leadership Programme 3 (YLP 3): Regional Forum to Accelerate Arab Youth’s Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development

Dec 2, 2017

Building on previous achievements, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States’ (RBAS) is organizing the third Regional Forum of the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP 3) from 2 to 6 December 2017 in Cairo. Within the framework of the Mosharaka initiative, this year’s theme is “Accelerating Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development” and the aim is to support young Arab women and men in refining innovative solutions for sustainable development challenges in their communities. YLP also has a specific focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Youth participating in this programme receive ongoing support for their ideas throughout the year. Fourteen countries across the Arab region are taking part in YLP 3 during 2017, with UNDP Country Offices hosting national activities for over 1,000 youth. YLP’s mission is to invest in young women and men across the region, unleashing their potential to become social innovators and leaders in their communities, countries, and the region at large.

In partnership with, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Al Maktoum Foundation and UN Women, around 100 promising youth will benefit from the 2017 YLP 3 Regional Forum. The event will take the form of a collaborative space where five youth from each of the participating countries will engage in a variety of technical and hands-on sessions anchored in four thematic areas—namely, civic engagement, partnerships and alliances, technology and alternative finance.

In addition to these sessions, youth will have the chance to hear inspirational speakers and to interact with mentors, which will provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to launch, grow and sustain their social initiatives. In addition, this year’s participants will be able to attend one full day of the RiseUp Summit in Cairo, one of the largest entrepreneurship and innovation events in the MENA region. During the RiseUp Summit, YLP 3 participants will be able to interact with inspiring entrepreneurs, power-player investors and other innovators from more than 120 countries, learning from their experiences and ideas.

Through YLP, UNDP recognizes youth as a positive force for transformational change and enables them to build their capacity, engage in sustainable community development, and become social innovators and leaders who effectively advocate for gender equality.

The closing ceremony of the YLP 3 Regional Forum will be held on Wednesday December 6th where selected youth will present their achievements and experiences with YLP to a panel of distinguished partners of the programme, including a representative of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation; a representative from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Regional Programme Coordinator of UNDP RBAS.

Contact information

For more information, please contact: Fatma Elzahraa Yassin, UNDP Egypt Communications Analyst

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