Tue, 18 Jan 2022

CAIRO, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Under the theme of "Back Together," Egypt launched on Monday the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi addressed the opening ceremony that the WYF has become a platform for dialogue and engagement between young people, and a tool for exchanging views among the whole world.

"There is no way for humanity to overcome its current crises or challenges jeopardizing its survival except through ending conflicts, managing differences, and enhancing joint action for the sake of humanity and peace," Sisi said.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Jordanian Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the youth representing 196 countries attended the forum, which runs until Thursday.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a recorded video speech that the mental health crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has "greatly affected young people," but added "the youth will manage to overcome this experience successfully."

"Young people have provided ideas and solutions that help local communities rebuild and emerge from the pandemic in a stronger state," Guterres noted.

The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed in a recorded video speech the forum "a great opportunity for the youth to exchange expertise, create a better future, and improve health."

"People under the age of 30 comprise most of the world's population," he said, adding the future is in the hands of the youth.

The four-day forum will discuss the post-coronavirus impacts, climate change, social security, human rights, entrepreneurship, technology, 5G networks, digital transformation, distance learning, the environment, and the future of energy, according to the WYF's website.

The WFY, which was first inaugurated in 2017, is a platform built by the promising youth and sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony, and progress to the entire world.

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