Call to understand challenges faced by youth
27 Sep 2017 - 1:21
Istanbul: The State of Qatar participated in the conference on youth and future challenges that is organised by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul over one day.
Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali led Qatar’s delegation to the conference, which also saw the participation of ministers of youth and sports of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Palestine as well as representatives of OIC member states and a large number of youths from Muslim countries.
Speaking during the conference, Al Ali reaffirmed the importance of understanding the real challenges facing youth of the Muslim world who have in their characters the history of ancestors and a set of visions, concepts, experiments and aspirations.
He added that youth are concerned about the fate of their countries when they face dangers, noting that such a combat requires the presence of competent youth who are able to develop society as its strongest energy thanks to their demographic power in the Muslim world that should be activated.
The Minister of culture and sports stressed the importance of values that direct thought, conscience and behaviour because it is not possible to talk about the efficiency of education, media, economy and all other areas without promoting the values, which requires a correction to the concepts that determine the human view of science, work and time.
Al Ali said youth in the Muslim world should develop their view of time as with youth of the developed countries to see it from the perspective of the future and express it in cultural products and artistic creativity.
In addition, he called for moving youth innovation towards the present and the future, which requires a belief in change that mainly depends on self-change in line with the teachings of Islam.
The conference featured ministerial discussions on youth policies as a strong element in national development along with the exchange of expertise and the best practices towards youth, in addition to seeking to launch the first report on youth status in OIC member states.