Press Dossier    By Date   21/03/2017 Finland ex-PM stresses on UAE youth's smart role

khaleejtimes, Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 | Jumada Al Thani 22, 1438

Finland ex-PM stresses on UAE youth's smart role

Former prime minister of Finland Alexander Stubb on Monday emphasised the importance of engaging next generation of Emiratis in development process.

Speaking at workshop organised ahead of sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, about 'Implementing 17 Sustainable Development Goals', Stubb stressed on the need for good communication.

"Youngsters need to understand what this is about as they are the ones who will be implementing the changes. They need to take keen interest (and get involved). Today's youth are smarter than the previous generation - especially with the modern technology. We need to take the Sustainable Development Goals seriously and we need to focus on a few of them and invest as best as we can in them," he added.

Stubb outlined five policy recommendations for Sharjah and the UAE, suggesting a focus specifically on education, equality, sustainable cities, clean energy and health.

The workshop was attended by chief executives and top officials of Sharjah government entities as part of preparations for the IGCF, being held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, from March 22 to 23.

Stubb shared his thoughts and insights about achieving the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while several members of his select audience also contributed their thoughts, views and opinions about various issues.

"Sharjah and the UAE have the means, the resources and an extremely good brand and reputation (globally). And the bottom line is that it can become one of the mediators with the UN's Goals for Sustainable Development."

Stubb spoke about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on three main areas; the global context, the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Finland's unique experience.

"I can see a lot of thinking going on around the room. It is a great privilege for me to come and talk to the leaders and heads of Sharjah government entities," he said.

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