Silatech, UN rights body team up to empower youth
July 08 2019 09:54 PM
Sabah al-Haidoos with Michelle Bachelet
Sabah al-Haidoos with Michelle Bachelet.

Silatech CEO Sabah al-Haidoos met with the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva, Switzerland, recently and agreed to co-operate in a partnership to develop initiatives and programmes for global youth empowerment in alignment with international human rights treaties and agreements. 
In a press statement yesterday, Silatech said "this partnership is a milestone and the outcome of the strategic meeting that took place between Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of Silatech’s Board of Trustees, and the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the margins of Silatech’s High-Level Forum in Geneva on March 4".
The partnership between Silatech and UN High Commission for Human Rights will promote the rights of young people and focus on their right to decent work and a decent life in alignment with international human rights treaties and agreements, the statement explains.
The proposed areas of partnership between the two sides are mainly youth empowerment programmes and initiatives to advocate for global youth issues. 
Commenting on this partnership, Silatech CEO al-Haidoos said: “We are very pleased to have this strategic and valuable partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, represented by the High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet. In this partnership, we have agreed to take immediate action to make sure that its deliverables are executed promptly and on a timely basis. 
"Firstly, we have introduced an integrated framework and project for the partnership that illustrates the theme, 'Youth empowerment in the light of global human rights system'. This framework will highlight the relationship between youth and human rights and promote advocacy programmes and initiatives on broader issues affecting young people."
"Silatech has suggested we have a joint initiative to promote youth rights in areas of armed conflict and in fragile states. It will help protect those who suffer from discrimination and grave human rights violations. The initiative aims at reforming national laws, strategies and plans that are related to youth,” added al-Haidoos.
Silatech has recently been actively involved in establishing strategic partnerships as part of its ongoing pursuit to economically and socially empower youth, and to achieve some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as several of the UN's Youth Strategy 2030 priorities, the statement adds.
Such partnerships include but are not limited to organisations such as the World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, among others.



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