Launch of the Arab Human Development Report 2016
Youth and the prospects of human development in a changing reality.
Date: 29 November 2016
Location: Maamari Auditorium, Suliman Olayan School of Business, The American University of Beirut (AUB)
The United Nations Development Programme will launch the Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the prospects of human development in a changing reality on 29th of November. The launch will bring together around 150 participants including youth; civil society and women’s organizations; government representatives; parliamentarians; and the private sector, from across the Arab region.
Arab states can achieve a huge leap in development and ensure durable stability if they put the empowerment of their youth at the top of their urgent priorities and harness young people’s energy to advance development processes. Based on this conclusion, the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR): Youth and the Prospects of Human Development in a Changing Reality, calls on Arab states to adopt a new development model that focuses on enhancing young people’s capabilities, unleashing their energy and expanding opportunities available to them, allowing them more freedom to shape their futures, and contribute to development in their societies and countries.
The AHDR 2016 examines challenges and opportunities facing youth in the region, especially since the transformative changes that had swept across many Arab countries in 2011. The report provides an evidenced-based overview on youth in the region. It also seeks to stimulate a broad debate between key stakeholders and the youth themselves on the future of development in the Arab States region and best means of involving youth in shaping that future.
The formal launch session will feature:
Philippe Lazzarini, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Lebanon
Sophie de Caen, UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator, Acting Regional Director - Regional Bureau for Arab States
Ahmad AlHendawi, United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri MD, President, The American University of Beirut (AUB)
All sessions of the launch will be conducted in Arabic with simultaneous interpretation available into English.
Follow the conversation on #YouthAHDR @UNDPArabic @UNDPArabStates
Follow our online discussion dialogue with the future that starts 8 November 2016 about "youth and identity" moderated by Ayman Al-Sayyad and "economic opportunity for youth" moderated by Alexandra Irani