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Tackling Poverty and Marginalization and Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

An article in the UN Chronicle Journal by Silatech’s CEO, Ms. Sabah Al Haidoos with the title: The Economic and Social Empowerment of Youth:

“Tackling Poverty and Marginalization and Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals”

As a result of recent global developments, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, Silatech—an international development non-governmental organization that links youth with employment and economic opportunities—has maximized its efforts to safeguard youth against extremist ideologies through economic and social empowerment.

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Silatech and the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights Agree in Geneva to Develop Initiatives and Programmes for Global Youth Empowerment in Alignment with International Human Rights Treaties and Agreements

The Partnership includes a Joint Initiative to Advocate and Promote
Youth Rights

DOHA, 8 July, 2019

The CEO of Silatech, Ms. Sabah al Haidoos met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Michelle Bachelet in Geneva on July 4th and agreed to cooperate in a partnership to develop initiatives and programmes for global youth empowerment in alignment with international human rights treaties and agreements. This partnership is a milestone and the outcome of the strategic meeting that took place between Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser (may God protect her), the Founder and Chairperson of Silatech’s Board of Trustees and the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the margins of Silatech’s High Level Forum in Geneva on 4th March, 2019.

The partnership between Silatech and UN High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) will promote the rights of young people and focus on their right to decent work and a decent life in alignment with international human rights treaties and agreements.

The proposed areas of partnership between Silatech and the UN High Commission for Human Rights are mainly youth empowerment programmes and programmes and initiatives to advocate for global youth issues.

Commenting on this partnership, Silatech’s CEO, Ms. Sabah Al Haidoos stated; “We are very pleased to have this strategic and valuable partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights represented by the High Commissioner, Mrs. Michelle Bachelet. In this partnership, we have agreed to take immediate action to make sure that its deliverables are executed promptly and on a timely basis. Firstly, we have introduced an integrated framework and project for the partnership that illustrates the theme, “Youth empowerment in the light of global human rights system”. This framework will highlight the relationship between youth and human rights and promote advocacy programmes and initiatives on broader issues affecting young people”.

“Silatech has suggested we have a joint initiative to promote youth rights in areas of armed conflict and in fragile states. It will help protect those who suffer from discrimination and grave human rights violations. The initiative aims at reforming national laws, strategies and plans that are related to youth” added Al Haidoos.

Silatech has recently been actively involved in establishing strategic partnerships as part of its ongoing pursuit to economically and socially empower youth, and to achieve some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, as well as several the United Nations’ Youth Strategy 2030 priorities. Such partnerships include but are not limited to organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the International Labour Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research among others.

Arab communities in Qatar Participate in Silatech efforts to create jobs for youth

Great performances by Sudan, Tunisia and Morocco in a cultural fundraising event

DOHA, 5 May, 2019

A number of Arab communities participated in a cultural event for a fundraising in Qatar Mall, in support of Silatech endeavors to create job opportunities for youth. The Sudanese, The Tunisian and the Moroccan communities made some great performances that reflected the cultural heritage of each of these countries.
The Sudanese band Al Msiriya entertained the audience with some dance performances which reflect the heritage, traditions and the cultural diversity of Sudan. Al Msiriyah is one of the ancient tribes in west Sudan.
The Moroccan community participated in the two days event with folkloric and traditional performances. In the first day, two children bands performed some of the Moroccan traditional songs and in the second day a men band performed a traditional Tamazight dance called Ahwash.
The children of the Tunisian School in Doha represented the Tunisian community in the event, performing some of the traditional songs.
This remarkable participation of Arab communities in Doha is a big sign of support to Silatech efforts to create jobs for youth in these countries and others as well.
Silatech started working in Sudan in 2015. It partnered with various local and international institutions. These partnerships resulted since then in creating 496,472 job opportunities for youth.
Morocco was one of the first country of operations, as Silatech started work there in 2008, implementing various training and employment programs with its partners. These programs and partnerships resulted since then in creating 223,300 job opportunities for youth.
In Tunisia, Silatech with various partners succeeded in creating 297,511 jobs opportunities for youth since 2012.
Based on these successes, this cultural event aimed to mobilise donations to achieve Silatech’s goal of providing 5 million jobs for youth by 2022.

Silatech High-Level Event in Geneva stresses the importance of Empowering Youth

DOHA, 6 March, 2019

Describing the role of Silatech foundation in providing more than 1,100,000 jobs as pioneering work, the participants at Silatech high-level event in Geneva urged the international community to do more to address unemployment. They also stressed the importance of investing in youth development to contribute to the promotion of economy and peace for the security of the whole world, and to implement the international strategy against terrorism, especially as young people are the foundation of the renaissance of nations.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stressed the importance of listening to the voice of young people, adding that they have always been followers and now they should be leaders, stressing the importance of investment to employ young refugees in host countries, describing the achievement of Silatech and its success in providing more than one mn jobs for young people as a leading role.

For her part, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake said that poverty leads to social exclusion and marginalisation, noting that 64mn young people are unemployed while 70mn workers still live in extreme poverty.

Catalist & Chief founder of Jokkolabs Mr. Karim Sy said that it’s a must to adopt creative solutions to empower youth specially in Africa, the richest continent of youth.

“How do you deal with a doubling population every 20 years? We need innovation, we need to do things totally differently, technology allows that, it is incredibly powerful. The technology is bringing us the opportunity to work together. We can bring new solutions, we can think different, for farming, for energy, for education. We can invent a new path”, added Mr. Sy.

Ambassador for Silatech, Chaker Khazaal, said that young people need to build bridges of communication rather than walls.
As a former refugee, he has learned that he must cling to hope, adding that the world is dark, but hope must be upheld because it is the only way to the life of any refugee and thanks to organisations like Silatech, there must be the belief that tomorrow will be better.

Speaker Chris Gardner, Author of In the Pursuit of Happyness called for action to tackle unemployment.
He also thanked Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Silatech’s Board of Trustees and Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, for her efforts in order to enable the youth and provide them with job opportunities through Silatech.

He added that Silatech’s work on empowering and improving the lives of young people is more important than ever, especially in a world that grows darker and more frightening every day.

The participants, including politicians and officials of the United Nations, the European Union and prominent international organisations, agreed that the provision of employment opportunities for young people is a key to economic development and real investment in any country.
Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre said 70% of Somalia’s population is young and every job opportunity is an investment in the country’s future.
He added that the youth in the population in his country can be a positive or negative factor. If provided with the skills of entrepreneurship they would be the backbone of economic growth but ignoring them and not providing them with employment opportunities will make them a cause of instability and conflict.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, said youth are partners in change and benefit from it, and their voices must be heard.

She highlighted the importance of youth’s role, their empowerment, investing in them and interacting with them.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Silatech and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, had announced on Monday that youth will receive 3mn employment opportunities globally by 2022, calling for more partners to help raise that number to 5mn.

Silatech is an international, social, non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Qatar established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 2008 which aims to combat unemployment, extremism, and marginalisation of young people and women through employment and economic empowerment initiatives.
Silatech is empowering young people to lead change and improve their lives and communities for the better.