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“Empower 2016”, ROTA’s 8th Annual Youth Conference on Personal Leadership, Service Learning and Global Citizenship.

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The annual youth conference under “The Reach Out to Asia, ROTA” was held from the 17th -19th of March at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Centre in Doha, Qatar. 450 young people participated in the conference, 400 youth were locals and the rest 50 were international delegates. The organizer (ROTA) is an NGO based in Doha; ROTA is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Since Qatar Foundation is established on the principle that nation’s greatest resource is the potential of its people and it aims to develop that potential internationally through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare.

Every year the conference intends to create a platform for a larger number of students to learn and engage in ROTA’s youth development program in Qatar. After the success of previous EMPOWERs, we opened the conference to the Region and youth from international countries. The conference addresses a variety of issues related Sustainable Development and will focus this year on youth development for peaceful societies.

ROTA’s core strategy for promoting youth development in Qatar is to develop a network of youth service clubs within schools and universities throughout Qatar that are geared towards equipping and enabling young people as responsible global citizens and empowered young leaders. The Youth Conference, the RYSC leadership Training and the newly developed ROTA Youth Advisory Board are supplementary initiatives that support the RYSC program.

The program will aim to attract up to 450 young people between the ages of 17-30 including international participants. The main aim of the 3 days conference is to raise awareness and knowledge as well as build the capacities required to enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues of concern to them especially in the area Peaceful Societies, as the theme for this year’s EMPOWER conference.

Power speech and Keynote speeches are intended to inspire, inform and mobilize our young delegates to act on the three learning themes of the conference. Panel discussion will be a platform to inform participants about the EMPOWER theme of that year. The workshops are aimed to be an interactive and discursive exchange between the participants and the facilitator. Seminar aims to provide participants with tools to run their projects and campaigns.

AYCM at EMPOWER 2016

AYCM is an independent body that works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations. AYCM is located in 16 countries within the Arabian Peninsula, Levant area and in North Africa.

Environmental activists of AYCM were invited participants & organised workshop titled “Fostering Social Innovations to Address Climate Change” to learn how social entrepreneurship can address climate change and it impact in the Arab world, as well bringing examples for innovative mitigation and adaptation efforts being held in the Arab region. Members of AYCM aimed to discuss the relevance of climate change, particularly in relation to sustainable development, and identify opportunities and technologies related to address climate change through innovative adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

The outcomes of this workshop were increasing the understanding about climate change and how to build steps towards fighting the effects currently are in ground, also promoting for the need to create innovation driven business which can address climate change.

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National Coordinator of AYCM Qatar Neeshad & Ahmed Al Noubani of AYCM Jordan speaking at the workshop

5National Coordinator of AYCM in Saudi Arabia Munira Abdelkader Speaking at the workshop