16 December 2021

Beirut time


Youth and innovative entrepreneurship: "One nation, various youth experiences"

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ESCWA and the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation held a first joint webinar on Youth and Innovative Entrepreneurship. The webinar focused on introducing the Sustainable Development Goals to youth while stressing on their social significance and on the challenges that face their implementation. It also exposed the participants to the experience of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation in mainstreaming the SDGs in its activities and helping member States achieve them. The webinar was attended by government officials, young entrepreneurs and students from the D-8 countries.


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The D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organized the 1st Joint Webinar on ‘Youth and Innovative Entrepreneurship’ titling ‘One Nation, Various Youth Experiences.’ Government officials, young entrepreneurs, students from the D-8 Member States participated in this webinar. The webinar started with the welcome remarks by the D-8 Secretary-General Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari and the Executive Director of ESCWA Technology Center, Mr. Kareem Hassan.

Referring to the D-8 as a youth-friendly organization, Ambassador Ku Jaafar mentioned that D-8 has the incredible demographic asset of having a young and dynamic population of nearly 550 million. If leveraged properly, this demographic power will certainly bolster Member States’ competitive edge and contribute to achieving a shared goal of a prosperous region in the economy, trade, science, technology, innovation, sports, and culture. He also highlighted some important projects and initiatives of the D-8, e.g., D8-TTEN, NPRI, Project Support Fund, D-8 International University, from which the youths could benefit immensely. He also acknowledged the efforts of Dr. Kareem Hussein, the Professor of International Relations and the initiator of the program, with high appreciation.

In his remarks, the Executive Director of the ESCWA Technology Center, Mr. Kareem Hassan, stressed networking and collaboration among the young entrepreneurs. Highlighting the activities of ESCWA  for youth and employment generation, he stated that this platform would help the promising youths link or connect with the investor/sponsor groups. He also emphasizes technology and innovation.

Seven participants from different D-8 Member States presented their projects/initiatives on various issues, namely- Humanitarian assistance, Hunger Alleviation, environmental education for combating climate change, ensuring food security and health. The D-8 Secretariat and the ESCWA highly appreciated those initiatives. They expressed their strong interest in extending support and expertise to implement those projects.


The D-8 is putting extra importance on youth and youth-related issues. In April 2021, Bangladesh hosted the first-ever D-8 Youth Summit on the side of the 10th  D-8 Youth Summit. Being an endeavor in line with the agenda set by the leaders in Youth Summit, this joint program will be acting as a platform for network building and experience sharing among the young entrepreneurs of the D-8 Member States.

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