On 3 June, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, took part in the European launch of the 2014 Arab Knowledge Report on Youth and Localisation of Knowledge, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in the presence of the Representative of the Managing Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Mr Salif Al Mansoori, the President of the World Arab Institute Mr Jack Lang, and the Regional Programme Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Yakub Beris.
Thanking the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the UNDP for this initiative, the Director-General highlighted that this Report is published at the right time and on the right issue, during this turning point year for the international community, as States shape a new global sustainable development agenda.
“Building knowledge societies that engage all young people must stand at the heart of the new agenda in the making,” declared the Director-General. “This is essential to build more inclusive and cohesive societies. This is vital to nurture creativity and innovation all societies need today.”
“It has never been so important to invest in young women and men, in the Arab region, in every region,” continued Irina Bokova underlining that “young women and men must be embraced as partners, as social innovators, as drivers of positive change.”
The 2014 Arab Knowledge Report underlines the challenge of integrating young women and men in the transfer and localisation of knowledge. Within this framework, the report investigates the situation of Arab youth in terms of the way they acquire skills and values that would be critical for localisation of knowledge. It reviews the existing enabling environments and explores the possibilities for new openings to expand the opportunities for youth and to enhance their abilities. This Report builds on two previous Reports published under the themes “Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge” and “Preparing Future Generations for the Knowledge Society”.