The Minister of Youth and Sports witnesses the first dialogue sessions of the fourth edition of the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership
The events of Thursday of the fourth edition of the "Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership ", held under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt , concluded with the first dialogue sessions entitled "60 years since the establishment of the Organization of African Unity", in the presence of Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, and a group of leaderships Ministry of Youth and Sports, media and journalists.
The Egyptian TV host Mohamed Saied Mahfouz started the dialogue session, who stressed the importance of building institutional awareness among youth leaders and the importance of the Organization of African Unity. The session was then chaired by Dr. Noha Bakr, Professor of Political Science and Member of the National Council for Human Rights, with Ambassador Nader Fathy Al-Alim, representative of the African Union and Senior Political Advisers to the African Union, and Yara Odeh, former African Union volunteer and one of the graduates of the African Union Volunteer Program.
The session discussed the agenda 2063, the challenges and opportunities facing it, and how the African Union can build peace and security, in addition to celebrating the passage of 60 years since the vision established by the founding fathers of the African Union, and that the continent will be built on new lines with spreading the spirit of peace in Africa, achieve social justice for the African human, and harness resources to build the African continent. The role of the Union in shaping existing policies and developing them, so that youth can innovate in ideas and building.
Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, welcomed at the beginning of his speech all the youth delegations participating in the fourth edition of the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership , explaining that this Fellowship is one of the most important youth programs that always enjoy the patronage of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, pointing to the importance of the philosophy of non-alignment. And South-South cooperation and immortalizing their actions from these major challenges, communication towards goals, data and making great efforts to come out with many targeted benefits for African societies and countries.
The Minister of Youth and Sports clarified that the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership was named after the late leader Jamal Abdel Nasser, given that he was one of the most important leaders for the peoples of developing countries (Africa, Asia, Latin America) and one of the most unique leadership models. He is also a purely historical example of the concept of leadership. In his role, he sought to support global liberation movements until they gained their independence.
Ambassador Nadir Fahmy Al-Alem, representative of the African Union, at the beginning of his speech in the closing session held on Thursday evening within the activities of the fourth edition of the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership, greeted Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, and the attending leaders of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the participating youth leaders. In the fourth edition of the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership, pointing out that the African continent expects a lot from its youth, Al-Alim added that we will celebrate on May 25, 2023, sixty years of the vision established by the founding fathers of the African Union, who had an ambitious vision and their overriding concern was to spread the spirit of peace in Africa, then social justice for the African human being to rise to the ranks of development.
Al-Alem clarified that the Agenda 2063 Africa was launched as a vision derived from the spirit of the founding fathers who spoke about African unity, which evolved from an organization into a union, this is not a name change but a change for the purpose of development so that the grandchildren can face the challenges they face now, pointing out that it is an ambition without horizons. It is a true extension of the vision of the founding fathers who put Africa on the right track.
Al-Alem ,the representative of the African Union, explained that Africa inherited many conflicts after the Cold War, and that the African human being, who can live on less than one dollar, was able to live and challenge all circumstances and challenges. He stressed that the African Union has never abandoned the African peoples at any time and has not failed anyone on any day, and that there has been great progress in the field of peace and security in Africa. In light of the interest in peace and security engineering in Africa, the Peace and Security Department was established, whose mission is to take over conflict issues. For this purpose, mechanisms were established in this department to help the decision maker implement the decisions, Al-Alim added that the sons of Africa are the ones who guard peace and security in Africa, as they also guard development in Africa, despite the great challenges facing peace and security in Africa, they are still fighting for peace and security in Africa.
Yara Odeh, the former African Union volunteer, expressed her happiness to be present today in that session, which included the activities of the fourth edition of the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership , thanking the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the African Youth Bureau for the opportunity to be present today, reviewing her volunteering journey at the Ministry of Youth and Sports through the African Youth Bureau, which provided all support to raise youth awareness about Africa, passing through many stages since she joined the seventh edition of the African Union Volunteer Program held in Egypt in 2016. Odeh explained the journey of challenges she faced and what she found of great development and difference in African countries, where she first traveled to Ghana, then joined to work in the African Union, an experience she witnessed a lot and worked through to promote the youth agenda and convey all recommendations related to youth. Through the African Union, she traveled to thirteen countries to attend conferences, and she found that youth have a major role to play in shaping existing policies and accumulating experiences that will achieve the desired goals. She encouraged all young people to travel and discover new cultures whenever any opportunities arise for them to travel and be in a new country.
The participants in the "Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership " directed a number of questions, inquiries and interventions after the speakers finished their speeches in the session held at the conclusion of the activities of Thursday from the fellowship . Then the participants in the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership took souvenir photos amid great interaction, delight and happiness by all with this distinguished session and the important information they obtained.
Hassan Ghazaly, General Coordinator of the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership , explained that the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership is one of the executive mechanisms to implement the recommendations of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Egypt , to support the competencies of African youth and enable them to create a comprehensive and central vision related to global issues and sustainable development plans, and support opportunities to promote the Egyptian role globally. It comes within the framework of implementing both Egypt's Vision for the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and Africa's Agenda 2063, and South-South cooperation.
It is worth mentioning that the events of the "Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership" are held in its fourth edition organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the auspices of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Egypt, and under the media sponsorship of the National Press Authority and the National Media Authority, with the participation of 150 young leadership competencies of diverse executive specializations, active and influential youth in civil society at the global level.