LONDON: British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BACCI) chairman Dr Mohammad Hotak will be chairing a key panel ‘Youth: The Future’ in World Humanitarian Forum 2019 in London to ‘Shape the Future for a Better Tomorrow’.
The forum, which will be held over two days on 17th and 18th April 2019 in Excel, London, will bring together prominent leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as international thought-leaders and pioneers including former British prime minister Tony Blair.
Dr Hotak who is a strong advocate for youth empowerment and a rising young British-Afghan leader will chair an extremely important panel with incredible youth leaders from across the world to discuss the challenges faced by young people globally.
This will include Serene Dardari, the Founder of Shams Network, Vivian Onano, Women & Girls Advocate, Leading Light Initiative and Basima Abdulrahman, Founder & CEO KESK and WEF Youth Leader.
Despite the progress that has been made over the past 20 years to improve the situation of young people around the world, they still face daunting challenges. Globally one in eight youth are unemployed; 126 million youth cannot read or write and another 63 million adolescents of lower secondary school age are currently out of school and an estimated 600 million young people are living in conflict zones or fragile states and every minute a young woman is infected with HIV.
Moreover, more than 500 million young people live on less than US$2 a day.
The panellists will discuss the need for evidence-based youth policies, tailored and adapted to national and local contexts, to help ensure that youth development challenges are addressed.