17.12.2008 -

What role can media play in the National Youth Policy in Lebanon ?

On the 5th of December, UNESCO Beirut organized a national workshop, as the managing agent of the UN joint project on ‘Youth Empowerment and Participation in Lebanon’ (UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and ILO) . The workshop was attended by 23 young media professionals to brainstorm on their role in the process of the youth policy formulation in Lebanon.

Young people between the ages of 15 and 30 constitute a large proportion of the population in the Arab region. This comprises a group of resources and assets that can contribute to the countries’ development and prosperity if they are provided with the opportunities for empowerment and participation. During the last years, an increased focus has been given on the development of youth policies.

In Lebanon, the process started as early as in 2001. The process, initiated and led by the civil society is a unique one in the Arab region. The bottom up approach by making sure the participation of various stakeholders and gaining the political will of our leaders needed time. Building upon these steps and the ground work, namely the Bourmana Youth Conference (2005) whereby the Ministry of Youth and Sports joined the process, the UN joint project on the Participation and Empowerment of the Youth in Lebanon, is launched last August. The important consensus building is shortly starting.

During the opening session Ms. Seiko Sugita, Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO Beirut, welcomed everybody in the name of Director UNESCO Beirut and gave a background of the project. Mrs. Rindala Abdel Baki, the project’s coordinator, gave a detailed information on the on-going project. Mr. George Awad, the Communication Information Programme Officer stressed on the expected role of the civil society including the media to ensure the participatory approach of the project. Mr. Walid Merhi, the Communication consultant, facilitated the interactive session

contact: <a"opens href="mailto:s.sugita@unesco.org"></a"opens>Seiko Sugita<//a> or <a"opens href="mailto:g.awad@unesco.org"></a"opens>George Awad<//a>

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