Abu Dhabi: The Arab Youth Centre has unveiled the second edition of the Young Arab Diplomatic Leaders Program, under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Sheikh Abdullah commented that the UAE will continue to invest in the potential of youth, fostering their capabilities and expertise to contribute to supporting development efforts in the Arab region and serving its stability and prosperity. The UAE Minister stressed the importance of equipping emerging young talent with advanced diplomatic skills and international representation through training by experts.
The program’s activities will be held in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, the Department of Government Enablement in Abu Dhabi, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and Harvard University in the United States.
Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Arab Youth Center, shared that “youth are most capable of changing the climate work landscape and addressing its consequences through innovative and creative solutions, adhering to human values, and encouraging institutions, individuals, and governments to devote more effort to protect the environment and ensure a better future for generations to come.”
The program will focus on empowering youth with climate negotiation skills and knowledge of green economics, encouraging young diplomats to engage in global climate change mitigation efforts, and supporting the voices of youth in diplomatic fields.
Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, President-Designate for COP28, and UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, appreciated the leadership’s vision and support for investing in developing promising Emirati and Arab talent.
The program includes training sessions, workshops, and meetings with prominent figures and experts in the field of diplomacy on topics such as future foresight, intercultural communication, climate change, and governance. Additionally, it covers the art of negotiation and influence, comprehensive and distributive negotiation, a review of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), advanced concepts in climate negotiation, multilateral negotiation, finance, and advanced climate diplomacy.