UAE youth have spoken and acknowledged the role they play in driving change, reimagining a green recovery for the nation, as well as drawing a roadmap of what the next 50 years could look like. Through a joint partnership, Emirates Nature-WWF and the Environment-Agency Abu Dhabi, with the International Fund for Houbara Conservation as strategic partner, have revealed a white paper following the Connect with Nature Reimagine Youth Circle Series.
Titled ‘Is Nature a Priority for UAE Youth in the COVID-19 Recovery?’, the white paper examines how youth want to actively create positive change in their communities to tackle the world’s most pressing issues. The findings published in the white paper shed light upon the role young people play as the leaders of tomorrow in creating a more sustainable world and designing the next 50 years.
The white paper was revealed yesterday, at the 10th and grand finale session of the Reimagine Youth Circle Series, held in collaboration with the Federal Youth Authority. The key outtakes were presented by youth, for youth, in a session attended by 370 young people across the nation, with special interactive sessions and messages from H.E. Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and H.E. Huda AlHashimi, Chief of Strategy and Government Innovation - UAE Government, who hosted a session focused on understanding the key findings and drawing a strategic roadmap towards designing the next 50 years.
Over the past five months, the Reimagine Youth Circle Series has met approximately every two weeks, bringing together 1,600 youth to engage with key decision makers and experts from the UAE cabinet, businesses and academia about critical topics that will ultimately shape the future for our people and planet.
The youth white paper proposes focusing on four key areas of action that scale, accelerate and amplify individuals impact for the benefit of both people and planet. These include:
1. Preserving nature and wildlife;
2. Stimulating a green recovery and achieving no plastic in nature;
3. Accelerating climate action; and
4. Ensuring food and water security.