MENA Youth Network Reactivated

Publié: 27 juin 2014 10:00 CET

Youth representatives from eleven National Societies from the Middle East and North Africa,  including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon,  Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen,  met in Beirut on 25 and 26 June 2014. The meeting deliberated on the following key objectives: 

  • Implementation of the Youth Engagement Strategy(Y—E--S)  in the  MENA region
  • Reactivation/consolidation of the MENA  Youth Network 

The discussion enabled the participants to take stock of the complexity of the humanitarian context and analyze the diverse and dynamic roles the youth continue to  play in the region as key stakeholders in the development of strong National Societies with robust operational and organizational capacities. The paramount role the youth play as agents of behavioral change was emphasized as a key aspect that needs to be enhanced though subsequent efforts..          

The MENA Youth Network was reactivated/consolidated according to the Terms of Reference approved during the MENA Consultative Meeting of the National Societies in February 2014.

The wider membership of the Network includes representation from all the National Societies in the region. A Coordinating Committee(CC) of six was established including two representatives from each sub-region, Iran and Lebanon(from the Middle East), Egypt and  Tunisia (form North Africa) and Bahrain and Yemen (from the Gulf). Bahrain RC is elected to coordinate and chair the CC.      

A common  framework of action was developed for the next two years(2015 and 2016) to enable the Network to provide effective and relevant support to the National Societies in their effort to implement the Youth Engagement Strategy.

In his message of welcome during the opening, the Director of MENA Zone, Mr. Elias GHANEM, underscored the critical nature of the contribution of the youth in the on-going effort being made to assist the people affected by disasters and crises as well as in the dissemination of the Fundamental Principles through a variety of actions including the YABC Initiative.