500 delegates from 45 countries examined and exchanged views on evidence-based development solutions
As Official Youth Delegate I was privileged to make a Presentation highlighting the Role of ICT in Sustainable Development at First Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo that took place in Doha Qatar Feb 2014
The South-South Development Expo is United Nations system-wide high-profile event for South-South cooperation that strategically and systematically showcased development solutions originating from Southern countries and aimed at replication and scaling up in other parts of the world. With the motto ?Solutions to Action?, the first Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo was designed to raise regional awareness by showcasing and scaling up the impact of successful evidence-based solutions crafted and tested by countries in the Arab States region in addressing development challenges pertinent to the needs and aspirations of the region.
It was truly a moment of pride for me to represent various organisations that I work with as Founder of SynergY to attend the Conference as a youth delegate and make a presentation to the high profiled participants at the special session highlighting Role of ICT in Sustainable development and providing some success stories from across the region that ICT facilitated development.
In my opinion, ICT has empowered youth and made them resourceful paving way to address and improve some of the most critical social, economic, and environmental issues in the developing world as projected in the Millennium Development Goals. As Global Youth Advocate MY World 2015, I emphasized the role of ICT to facilitate gather over 1.3 million votes from 194 countries across the globe and how ICT enables and brings people closer. I also used the platform to urge the leader to aid and develop ICT with wisdom and prudence and put it in best practice to advance sustainable development. The Youth from Arab States also had the Networking Opportunity and we spent time with Ahmad, the United Nations Special Envoy for Youth.
The Expo was generously hosted by the State of Qatar and co-organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and the United Nations Development Program Regional Bureau for Arab States. In the spirit of the ?Delivering as one? approach, it featured solution exchange forums led by a number of United Nations specialized agencies, funds and programs that are active in advancing the South-South cooperation agenda in the Arab States region, including ESCWA, IFAD, ILO, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO and UN-Women. The Expo also brought together high-level representatives from various multilateral and bilateral institutions and the development cooperation offices and agencies of the Arab States as well as those countries outside the Arab States region. A number of triangular cooperation champions, such as the Islamic Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, also contributed to inclusive participation in the Expo of various relevant stakeholders from around the region.