Bridging Regions in Transformation, World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012

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  Guest post World Economic Forum Today, the first-ever World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia commences in Istanbul under the theme “Bridging Regions in Transformation”. There couldn’t be a clearer indicator of how interconnected our world has become. And, the meeting constitutes the third Forum event in Turkey, which is a statement in its own right. The pace and complexity of global change in recent years have been unprecedented, with Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia emerging as a key mega-region of the future. The World Economic Forum on Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia will therefore convene over 1,000 leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, to catalyse new partnerships for growth and human development.
  • In light of the global economic contraction, how can governments and business leaders design and deliver new models to drive innovation and economic agility across this mega-region?
  • How can the region strengthen energy cooperation and deliver the high-value trade and investment in science and research that are critical to knowledge economies?
  • How can the social dynamism unlocked by developments in the Middle East and North Africa be transformed into a decade of entrepreneurial opportunity, human security and good governance?
To watch the live stream of the Forum, please visit: For more videos from previous Forums, please visit: and for more information about World Economic Forum, and programme of this year’s WEF on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia, please visit:   The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The Forum, best known for its Annual Meeting of global leaders held every year in Davos, Switzerland organizes a series of regional meetings. The Forum also organizes the Davos Debates an open discussion about the challenges facing our planet.  

6th World Youth Congress Kicks Off in Rio

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Guest post by WYC WYC is a biennial gathering of young activists from all over the world who are focused on expanding the role of youth in sustainable development. The WYC provides a unique space and opportunity for young people, governments, UN agencies and development professionals to meet and advance on youth-led sustainable development . It is designed to be a catalyst for action, and has a dynamic program that combines inspiring speakers, skills workshops, roundtable discussions, intercultural performances and action projects in order to provide participants with a life change experience that will both inspire and empower every individual who comes to the congress. The WYC series is recognised as one of the leading international platforms focused on youth and sustainable development. It brings together the most active young leaders who are changing their communities, so that they can engage with each other and explore ways in which they can work more effectively together to achieve shared goals. Young people want to be active in pursuit of these goals: they do not want to wait around for governments or others to do development for them: rather they want to get involved in doing development themselves.

“What is the most effective role that youth can play in development?” Answers include: peer-to-peer training, HIV-AIDS awareness raising, youth-led business startups; environmental awareness, protection and conservation; human rights policing; peacebuilding – and many, many other things: given a chance, the right training and investment, young people can contribute almost anything to the effort to eradicate poverty completely from our world. To get a flavour of what it was like in previous years, take a look at this video:     For this year’s programme, please visit World Youth Congress webpage and join the online debate and discussions.   (photo credits Lidija Kristina Klobucar)