Launch of the Arab Youth Network for Sustainable Development (AYSDN)

The Arab Youth Network for Sustainable Development (AYSDN), which includes a group of youth leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, announced on Monday, January 1, 2018, that the youth leadership role will be strengthened in light of the current circumstances that require us to create a more effective youth system.

The initiative aims to enhance efforts to involve Arab youth in achieving the goals of sustainable development and creating a relationship of imparting environmental education, exchanging experiences and qualitative partnerships in this field and devising effective ideas and solutions that enhance the participation of young people and contribute to enhancing their leading role in community development.

In a press statement, the head of the network, Eng. Tareq Hassan, said that the Arab Youth Network for Sustainable Development (AYSDN) is a unique addition to the involvement of young people and to motivate them to move forward towards effective participation in achieving the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations 2030.”

Hassan pointed out that the idea comes within the framework of the international vision of the importance of empowering young people in the field of sustainable development to re-position them and activate their role in decision-making in order to create a greater influence for them in shaping the future of the region and creating cooperation and coordination to achieve comprehensive development.

“Arab youth are a key element in reform, change and pushing societies towards development. Arab youth are capable of taking responsibility, capable of development and reform if given the opportunity, the means and the necessary and main means,” he said. “Young educated people are the foundation of the nation, hope and the future, the shining torch in which we see our future”, he added.

On the other hand, Eng. Yousef Hamdi Al Awawdeh, Secretary General of the Network said that the network will work on creating an integrated youth system that supports young leaders in achieving sustainable development goals and highlighting their abilities and abilities in a professional manner that contributes to enhancing their leading role in community development.

He stressed that the network seeks to establish a unified and multi-tributary platform to achieve effective investment of youth energies and to use them in a constructive manner to contribute to bridges of cooperation and exchange of experiences for a stimulating and supportive environment for youth contributing to their active participation in achieving the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations 2030.

He called on young people in the Middle East and North Africa to participate in the network and to make positive and constructive change in the knowledge structure of youth to activate their role in the development of sustainable development.

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Nouhad Awwad

Nouhad Awwad holds a BSc. in environmental health and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in environmental policy planning from the American University of Beirut. Nouhad also got a certificate from Duke University for completing One Health Program; in addition, she attended a course on U.S Foreign Policy in Global Era at Elliott School of International Affairs at the University of George Washington University.

She has been an online and offline environmental activist as well as working on numerous grassroots campaigns for climate justice issues she believes in. Currently, she is volunteering with the Arab Youth Climate Movement in Lebanon and The Mediterranean Youth Network. Nouhad was part of the Lebanese official delegation to COP21 and COP22. Nouhad attended COP23 as an observer since she was elected as YOUNGO focal point for 2017 in which she works to empower young people so that they have a voice at UNFCCC conferences, as well as to promote youth participation in climate change projects at the local and national levels. Nouhad tracks the NDCs for her country and other Arab states. Nouhad works to serve her interest in protecting the environment and applying humanitarian standards and codes, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding a sustainable future.

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