Georgetown Graduate Leads Qatari Youth in Taking on Global Challenges
Qatari youth representing several universities and local high schools recently converged on GU-Q to learn more about representing Qatar at the upcoming conference of the Youth Assembly, an organization supported by the United Nations and dedicated to the mission of empowering the next generation of leaders.
The presentation about the 24th Session of The Youth Assembly, which will be held in Washington, DC, on August 8-10, 2019, was organized by Youth Assembly Ambassador and Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) graduate, Dana Khalid Al-Anzy (GU-Q’17).
“It is my mission to ensure that the voices of Qatari youth are heard on global platforms. Qatar's youth have a role to play in helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The global community should be aware of our potential and accomplishments in the field of sustainability,” said Dana, who became the first Qatari Youth Ambassador in early 2019 after a hard-fought campaign to see Qatar represented in the organization. “It also gives us the chance to tell our own stories and truth, create our own future and define our own narrative.”
Convening under the theme “New Horizons for Global Youth,” this year’s conference aims to equip hundreds of young people from around the world with the skills, knowledge, and networks needed to meet the complex challenges of the 21st Century. A social media campaign was launched to urge all interested nationals, aged 16-26, to learn more about how they could serve as a Qatari delegate.
“The young people of Qatar have so much potential, and can play such an integral role in global efforts, including peace and security, climate change, technology, and human development, the agenda items of the conference. But they need opportunities like this one, to be trained and supported locally in order to fulfill that promise, and live up to that potential.”
While still an undergraduate majoring in Culture and Politics at GU-Q, Dana took on the roles of Youth Advocate with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), and youth delegate with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Session on Children and Youth affected by Violent Extremism. “GU-Q equipped me to be critical and introspective about complex global issues. It taught me how to study and ideate with an open mind to global cultures and affairs."
The Youth Assembly is a platform of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF), a nonprofit organization based in the United States and officially affiliated with United Nations Department of Global Communications (UNDGC) and has consultative status with UNESCO and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). EAA, as part of its global efforts in promoting the SDG’s and the right of access to education, serves as the supporting NGO for the Qatari youth delegation.