HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chairman of the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF) on Sunday patronized the work of the 5th conference on the "Arab Future in Light of the Youth Movement".
His Highness said in his speech, the youth movement is no longer limited to participation, leadership and guidance, but it is also occupied with the next phase, including the internal challenges and external attempts at containment.
His Highness asked two young persons; Abdul Karim Khazaaleh and Maria Jabouri from Morocco, to deliver his speech in which he addressed the youth.
«We are aware that challenges faced by the youth in the Arab world are similar, therefore, the main engines of change is looking forward to a decent life and eliminating poverty and unemployment... Yes to dignified life in a broad humanitarian sense… a decent life in a state of law and institutions, where everyone enjoys security, responsible freedom and participation in decision-making and future shaping» Prince Hassan stated.
His Highness said there is a new generation of Arab youth who has reached the adulthood in terms of policy, and aware of the importance that the law is in the service of everyone, and knows the a citizen's rights and duties, in order to achieve the concept of citizenship, noting that youth movement returned to the Arabs their self esteem, and forever ended the era of confusion and hesitation with among the new generation of young people.
«we must be willing to make our future van did not make the change ourselves and in line with our values, our culture and our national and ethnic, religious and cultural, will make it others to us and according to their values, culture and interests» His Highness said.
His Highness indicated that change is cross-cutting issue, not only restricted to governments or civil society organizations, but includes all individuals, institutions and civil organizations.
The Prince called to speed up the establishment of Arab Institute of Management, stressing the readiness of the Arab Thought Forum for Cooperation with the concerned Arab institutions to work to bring this proposal in to the light, therefore contributing to the support of youth energies which in turn lead to the development process and scientific renaissance.
His Royal Highness Prince Hassan valued documents issued by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif on freedoms and civil state, which supports the establishment of a national modern constitutional democratic state, and the adoption of a democratic system based on direct free elections and a commitment to basic freedoms.
Also, His Highness said that such references inspired to take into existence the idea of the Arab Social Charter, as the Charter aims to find a peaceful democratic relationship between everyone.
From his part the Secretary General of the Arab Thought Forum, Dr. Sadeq Al-Faqih addressed the role of the Forum in deliberating youth issues, and cooperation in research solutions to the problems facing young people, and securing their future, noting that the choice of such cases falls in the interest of the nation and its peoples.
Al Faqih called authorities and institutions to listen to the youth and dialogue with them and their partnership with the Association of Arab Universities.
Secretary General of the Arab League, Dr. Nabil Elaraby, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Dr. Fayez Al-Khasawneh said that uprisings and protests which we have witnessed in many Arab countries, fueled by Arab youth, is the social situation they have been living.
Association of Arab Universities (AAU) Secretary General Sultan Abu Orabi said that AAU has established the Arab Council for Training to provide training opportunities for university students, as well as the establishment of national committees for the organization of meetings and cultural seminars, artistic and sports activities among Arab universities, as well as encourage planning at the local, regional, Arab levels down to achieving Arab unity.
The Egyptian researcher, Nancy Edward Aziz said the involvement of young people in the issues of reform in the internal affairs came late and movement in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya confirms they are a cornerstone of the nation and their ability to take responsibility.