Under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Shell Egypt is participating in the activities of the 4th edition of the “World Youth Forum 2021” held in Sharm El-Sheikh in South Sinai, from January 10 to 13, the company said in a statement.
The World Youth Forum aims to gather young people from different countries and cultures to promote dialogue and discuss development issues, and the future of the world under the current exceptional circumstances.
This year the forum discusses several vital issues that reflect the future of the world after the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). All the topics under discussion stem from the three main themes of the forum, which are “peace, creativity, and development”.
The forum offers the opportunity for dialogue between young people of different nationalities participating in the sessions, workshops, and events that tackle many issues, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) and the future of Africa. It also includes the future of financial technology for emerging markets, digital transformation, education, and the perspective of Generation Z youth in the post-pandemic world.
In addition, it sheds light on important issues including adopting rational water policies, facing environmental challenges, the growing global role of startups, and the Hayah Karima (Decent Life) initiative.
Shell Egypt CEO Khaled Kassem said that participating in the activities of this important event stems from the company’s keenness to continuously cooperate with the Egyptian government in a way that facilitates achieving sustainable development, developing investments in the energy sector, and attracting more investments. It also seeks to enhance the concepts of cooperation and concerted efforts between the public and private sectors to contribute to the implementation of Egypt’s Vision 2030 and to transform Egypt into a regional energy hub.
“Our participation this year includes the company’s cooperation with the World Youth Forum to hold a workshop for the youth of the Forum for a training program titled ‘NXplorers’ on January 8 and 9, before the start of the forum’s activities, to discuss the impact of the corona pandemic on the UN SDGs and the need to reconsider and review the 17 SDGs until 2030 in line with the new global changes caused by this pandemic,” Kassem noted.
Shell will discuss the future of energy during the forum’s activities in a session titled ‘Energy Pathways: Towards a Safer World’. This session aims to examine the causes of the energy crisis and the effects of COVID-19 on the global energy map and its repercussions on the global economy, especially in developing countries. It further aims to identify the world’s options to mitigate the effects of the energy crisis and its repercussions in the future, discussing the role of regional cooperation in the field of energy to avoid falling into similar crises. In addition, it will also shed light on ways to help Africa reduce the use of traditional energy by making use of its renewable energy sources as well as identifying ways to promote the deployment of renewable energy.
The World Youth Forum aims to bring together young people from different countries and cultures to promote dialogue, discuss development issues, and send a message of peace and prosperity from Egypt to the world. The United Nations Commission for Social Development has adopted the three previous versions of the World Youth Forum in Egypt, as an international platform for discussing youth issues.