(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) To promote youth empowerment and capacity building, the UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the GCC Countries has organised various programmes with the help of Y-PEER, an international voluntary network for young people.
The International Youth Day is held on August 12 annually, and its activities are spread over time.
The UN has themed this year's International Youth Day as Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward'.
The theme throws light on the opportunities and risks associated with youth migration, knowledge sharing and information from recent research and analysis on this topic. It also helps the youth to discuss their migration issues, an official spokesperson for UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for GCC countries, said.
Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA said in a statement, ''Today's youths are growing up in a world that is changing with unprecedented speed. Because of their dynamism and imagination, young people can respond to these challenges in innovative ways. With the right investments, today's young people can reach their full potential as individuals, leaders and agents of progress. And the world clearly needs their energy, their participation and their skills.''
As part of the tie-up with Y-PEER Oman, the regional office had held many programmes to spread awareness on youth migration through social media networks. Y-PEER is a voluntary group of persons aged between 15 and 24 years.
Ahlem Rashid Salim al Moqbali, a volunteer of Y-PEER Oman, said, ''The theme, 'Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward' is an important issue in today's world. As a Y-PEER (volunteer), I went to the Buraimi public park to inform youth about International Youth Day and celebrate it with them. We discussed the pros and cons of immigration. We do not have problems in terms of migration of young Omanis.''
Asr Toson, representative, UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the GCC Countries, said that the organisation has joined hands with Y-PEERs to increase awareness about the migration issues being faced by youth, who occupy an important position in UN's scheme of things.
The network was originally founded by UNFPA, which also supports it. However, it operates as an independent network with its headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria and Beirut, Lebanon.
The Y-Peers develop and participate in various social and youth development activities spreading social awareness messages through various edutainment' tools to have a positive impact in their societies, the UNFPA spokesperson add