The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture, UNESCO, has commended the Third Arab Knowledge Report on “Youth and Localization of Knowledge”, stating that the report holds considerable relevance for the region in establishing knowledge societies and integrating youth in the development process. This came after the workshop jointly organized by the Foundation and UNDP at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Dr. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, congratulated the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for preparing "an impressive report", the report is most relevant in the context of the ongoing efforts of the countries of the Arab region to strengthen peace and sustainable development, through the establishment of knowledge societies to which young women and men, as key social innovators and drivers of change, should be central contributors. Dr. Bokova said the Arab Knowledge Report echoes the objectives of UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, which aims to create an enabling environment for an improved youth participation and engagement in global, regional and national processes related to peace and development. Thanking UNESCO for supporting the report, Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said, "The Arab region holds immense potential considering that youth form a major segment of the population in the region. The Third Arab Knowledge Report has identified critical issues related to youth involvement in the transfer of knowledge. We have therefore been discussing the issues raised in the Third Arab Knowledge Report with academics and youth, not only in the Arab region but also at the global level. The Third Arab Knowledge Report highlights the effective integration of youth in the transfer and localization of knowledge as one of the most pressing issue facing Arab societies. The workshop was the third in a series of workshops planned in a number of Arab and international capitals, it was held in the presence of ambassadors, academics and youth from French universities.
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