The Chairman of Ooredoo, H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, has challenged the communications sector and wider business world to reach out to the next generation more effectively.
He was speaking at the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit, a major event that brought together more than 4,000 young people in-person and online from 30 different countries to draft the “BYND2015 Global Youth Declaration,”a document setting priorities for governments to develop ICT-related goals that will empower youth and ensure they have a say in decision-making processes.
Before the opening ceremony, H.E. Sheikh Abdullah met with Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla, who will present the Declaration to the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani said: “Young people all around the world are ambitious and want to ensure that their society becomes a better place. We must be bold in finding new ways to empower the next generation. Being proactive is not enough – we must listen to youth, and partner with governments and civil society groups in order to develop technology solutions that are accessible, affordable, and scalable, so everyone can benefit.”
Sheikh Abdullah led a delegation of young people from across Ooredoo’s global footprint at the event, which included 27 young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators from nine different countries, including Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Indonesia, Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, and Palestine.
The delegates participated in a diverse range of activities, including a special ‘hackathon’ contest, which saw teams from different nations strive to develop social mobile applications in the fields of education, health and environment in just 24 hours.
Asma Al-Haram represented Qatar in the event press conference, which saw young people from around the world express their hopes and aspirations for the success of the Global Youth Declaration. She also read the Arabic version of the Declaration at the closing ceremony, in front of a global audience.
Educational expert Hety Apriliastuti Nurcahyarini from Indonesia, who works at a Foundation that supports education in remote Indonesian villages, participated in an intergenerational debate on education and technology.
Fatma Ali Al-Jabri, of Oman, spoke of the personal impact of the event: “Every step and every session I attended was a lesson. Overall, I have learned many things from different kinds of people from across the world. One of the most important points I have learned is the importance of improving healthcare and stopping environmental degradation across our society, and I feel motivated to return home to Oman to make a real difference.”
Engaging with young people and enabling them to achieve their ambitions in life is part of Ooredoo’s vision, and one of the reasons the company became a founding partner of the Global Youth Summit. Ooredoo continues to develop innovative life-enhancing mobile services to support human growth and help address key issues facing young people, including innovative employability applications in Tunisia and exciting new partnerships with champions like Paris Saint-Germain to develop community coaching programme across Ooredoo’s footprint.