Abu Dhabi: The Arab Youth Centre in Abu Dhabi recently launched the ‘Skills Bootcamp for Non-Experts’ (SBNE) as part of the ‘Young Arab Diplomatic Leaders’ program in collaboration with the European Union Delegation to the UAE.
The camp aims to develop the leadership skills of Arab youth in the field of diplomacy, specifically focusing on professional negotiation. The program seeks to equip individuals with valuable experience to actively participate in international discussions and negotiations, with a particular emphasis on representing the Arab community in climate change matters.
Ms. Ayesha Al Suwaidi, the Director of the European Affairs Department at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the significance of preparing young leaders who can effectively represent their countries in international forums. Ms. Al Suwaidi emphasized the importance of equipping youth with the necessary skills and tools in an ever-changing world, particularly in the field of political work. The Director stated that empowering young diplomats in professional negotiation skills related to climate change and sustainability is not only important but also an urgent necessity in order to prepare them for the upcoming COP28, which will be held in Dubai.
The boot camp will be attended by 36 youth individuals from across the Arab world and will involve strategic partners such as the Youth for Sustainability Platform of Masdar Company, Emirates Nature – WWF, COP28 Presidency team, Youth Climate Champion Office, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). These partners will contribute to a comprehensive and unique learning experience through interactive simulation activities.
The Arab Youth Centre had previously announced the opening of applications for the ‘Skills Bootcamp for Non-Experts’ for young Arabs between the ages of 18 and 35 who have a keen interest or achievements in addressing the challenge of climate change.