Position the link between technology and society.

 Position Paper for the United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationThe topics to be debated in the United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are ‘Engaging andEmpowering youth through access to technology and media’ and ‘Safeguardingcultural heritage of war-torn nation states’.

UNESCO is the voice of thenations, and the link between technology and society. The United Arab Emirateshas been an active part of UNESCO briefly after the UAE was founded in 1971.I.                  Engaging andempowering youth through access to technology and media Youth make up about 18% of the world’s population, whichmakes them an essential element in the prosperity of any nation. To raise apromising nation, we have to start with the youth as they are the future. Theengagement and empowerment of youth through media has been a continuing goal for UNESCO as technology and media have been playing animminent role in the structuring of society.

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One of UNESCO’s approaches forempowering youth is YouthMobile, which is a push initiated to encourage youngpeople to gain confidence and basic skills to develop, sell and advertiseapplications. This programme was initiated in 2014 by UNESCO’s communicationand information sector to help provide young men and women with new experiencesand job opportunities.The United Arab Emirates cares deeply about its youth andtheir development, and has taken several steps to ensure that their voice isheard, and that they are capable of expressing themselves in real life andthrough media and technology. One of these steps is The Arab Youth Media initiative, launched by Shamma bint Sohail Faris AlMazrui,Minister of State for Youth Affairs in order to set up a generation of media expertswho would have a positive impact on the Arab community, the Arab Youth Mediaprogramme comes under the support of ShaikhMansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, DeputyPrime Minister.

The Arab Youth Media initiative’s strategy is to offer advancedtraining in the media field for the youth of 22 different Arab countries inorder to distribute Arab media content globally. 

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