Jordan Daily – The Parliamentary Committee for Population and Development held its meeting on “Empowering Youth and Sustainable Development Goals” in Amman on Saturday .
The meeting was organized by the Arab Parliamentarians Forum for Population and Development ( FAPPD ) and the Asian Population Association ( APDA ) in Japan, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA)
75 participants from various organizations concerned with youth and sustainable development attended the meeting.
In a statement , the Secretary-General of the Forum of Arab Parliamentarians on Population and Development, Dr. Mohammed Al-Smadi, emphasized the importance of focusing on youth , as it represents the largest demographic group in our Arab societies.
He stressed the necessity of empowering and integrating them into all aspects of life in order to achieve sustainable development goals , pointing out that we are on the threshold of a new developmental phase globally, where demographic and youth issues are of particular significance, especially in the coming years, due to voluntary and involuntary demographic changes in the Arab region.
Ibrahim Abu Bakr, the Chairperson of the Population and Development committee, expressed his gratitude for organizing this significant event during this period, highlighting its importance and the significant role played by the Forum of Arab Parliamentarians on Population and Development in advocating for several important issues in Jordan and the rest of the Arab countries in order to achieve sustainable development goals.
He also thanked the international partners and supporters of the forum, starting with the Asian Population Association, the Japanese government, JPFP and the United Nations Population Fund, for their continuous support to the forum in carrying out its responsibilities towards population and development issues in the Arab region.
The meeting included four working sessions. The first session was titled “Social and Economic Empowerment of Youth in the Face of Challenges Hindering Their Participation in Development.” The second session was about “Economic Empowerment of Youth: Challenges and Opportunities.” The third was titled “Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship,” wheras the fourth session was about “Empowerment Requirements.”