UNAMI-supported roundtable highlights youth-government collaboration to advance Iraq’s interests
21 December 2023
Underlining a shared commitment to partner together to advance Iraq’s interests
Baghdad, Iraq - Underlining a shared commitment to partner together to advance Iraq’s interests, a select group of youth and key government stakeholders convened a roundtable discussion that focused on visions to shape the future of their country.
The meeting, organized by the Office of Political Affairs and Analysis (OPAA) of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in close partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), served as a forum for the youth to present their views, leading to a meaningful discussion on the way forward. The meeting brought together a select number of youths supported by UNAMI and members of the Youth High Council, established in August by H.E Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani with representatives from relevant ministries.
Central to this gathering on 14 December 2023 was fostering constructive dialogue between the younger generation and their leaders. The meeting also provided a unique platform for the youth to voice their concerns and present a set of recommendations which they drafted with the technical support of UNAMI OPAA. This support culminated in the development of two pivotal policy papers - one exploring prevalent political, economic, and social issues impacting Iraq’s youth, while the other specifically addresses strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on the country.
The recommendations were warmly welcomed by the government representatives, who committed to sustained collaboration with the youth to advance critical issues and pledged to adopt and implement various initiatives proposed by the youth.
This shared commitment to amplify the voice of youth and effect positive change was clearly illustrated.
Dr. Shahba Al-Azzawi, an advisor to the Prime Minister, reaffirmed Prime Minister Al-Sudani’s steadfast support to the youth of Iraq. She reiterated the PMO’s partnership with UNAMI's youth project, emphasizing her commitment to maintain coordination with the youth groups and sustain the program's momentum.
OPAA Director, Mr. Manoj Mathew, conveyed his appreciation to the participating officials, recognizing their presence as a testament to Iraq’s commitment to youth political engagement and climate change mitigation.