Libya: NCUSLR to hold Virtual Youth Summit

By Sami Zaptia

The National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations is to hold its Inaugural Virtual Youth Summit Meeting via Skype on Saturday, 23rd February.

The U.S.-based ngo has invited all youth interested in cooperating with it on youth-oriented projects and programmes to participate in its Youth Initiative.

The meeting will be held in Arabic with participants from Libya and the diaspora. The NCUSLR meeting is the first event being held as part of its Youth Initiative.

It says the first cohort is meeting on the topic of entrepreneurship and will bring together 16-20 entrepreneurs and interested youth in this field.

The objectives for this summit are to educate participants on the Council’s goals in supporting youth, and to establish the basis for a youth network that is actively engaged in participating in events and projects under the auspices of the Council in relevant field areas (i.e. business, health, tech & media, education, and cultural production).

It also aims to host an interactive panel discussion on entrepreneurship in Libya led by two youth business leaders, Tarek Algryani and Mabrukah Abdullah.

The NCUSLR will issue a report detailing the next steps and the structure of the network next week.

Interested parties should contact NCUSLR’s Youth Representative Mohamed Alarabi at in Arabic or English.

Source Libya Herald

Libya, UN discuss support of Libyan youth

By Xinhua

Officials of the Libyan office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday said it will boost plans to empower and support young women and men across Libya.

“We met on Monday with the Head of the Youth and Sports Authority Bashir Al-Qantari to agree on strategic plans for 2019 to empower and support young women and men across Libya,” UNFPA said in a statement.

UNFPA will soon launch a UN Youth Working Group in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with the aim of creating a more effective youth programming, the statement said.

Due to years of armed conflict and political instability, Libyan authorities have been struggling to meet the needs of the young people, mainly by providing employment opportunities and proper education.

According to UNICEF, unemployment currently stands at 48 percent among youth in Libya.

Source Xinhua