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UNRWA Palestine refugee youth conference مؤتمر الأونروا حول اللاجئين الفلسطينيين الشباب


UNRWA conference: “Engaging youth: Palestine refugees in a changing Middle East” will start tomorrow Monday, in Brussels, in which i will be participating as a blogger. I will be blogging live from the conference as well as passing your comments and questions to the speakers.

ينطلق غداً مؤتمر الاونروا-وكالة الأمم المتحدة لإغاثة وتشغيل اللاجئين الفلسطينيين تحت عنوان إشراك الشباب: اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في شرق أوسط متغير، في مدينة بروكسل، بلجيكا. سأقوم خلال اليومين القادمين بتغطية أعمال المؤتمر من خلال مدونتي هنا، كما وستشكل المدونة منصة لتعليقاتكم وأسئلتكم يتم طرحها على المتحدثين في المؤتمر، لذا مشاركتكم هامة. 

The conference will be live streamed (البث المباشر للمؤتمر) at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/engagingyouth and you can follow hashtag (هاشتاغ على تويتر)  #PalYC on twitter.

يستمر المؤتمر لمدة يومين، ويشارك به المئات، كما ويتحدث به عدد من الشخصيات الهامة مثل وزيرة خارجية الاتحاد الاوروبي، كاثرين أشتون، وأمين عام جامعة الدول العربية، نبيل العربي، ورئيس الحكومة الفلسطينية سلام فياض، ورئيس البرلمان الاوروبي، مارتن شولز، ومفوض الانروا، فيليبو غراندي وغيرهم.

كما وسيشارك في الندوات وبين الجمهور عدد كبير من الممثلين الشباب عن اللاجئين الفلسطينيين.

يمكنكم الإطلاع على البرنامج الكامل للمؤتمر على الرابط التالي:



Palestinian refugees are more than half of the Palestinian people.  According to UNRWA the Palestine refugee youth will number over 1.5 million by 2020. The inalienable right of return is still denied by Israel despite UN resolution 194. This conference would be a great opportunity to network with Palestinian youth refugee, learn about their challenges and the joint struggle we all have pursue for return, dignity and justice. In addition, we can have a say at this conference.

I will be blogging from the conference, and also able to post questions and comments to the speakers. So my blog will be a window for you to place here your comments and questions, NOW and throughout the conference. You can follow my blog for updates from the discussion and speeches, you can interact immediately with the speakers by placing your comments and questions on this post.

From the press release published by UNRWA announcing the conference:

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), along with the European Union and the Government of the Kindgom of Belgium, is hosting a major international conference in Brussels on Palestine refugee youth. The event brings together policy-makers, human development practitioners, and leading members of the diplomatic and donor communities. In a series of thematic panel discussions, the conference will look at youth marginalisation and define actions in areas such as education, microfinance, and civil society where young people can be engaged.

Speakers’ list includes (see full program): Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Dr. Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Mr. Martin Schulz, President European Parliament, Mr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister Palestinian Authority.

In Addition there will be sessions with Palestine refugee youth representatives.

The two-day event begins at 14:00 on Monday, 19 March 2012 at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium.

Follow my blog and share your views, comments and questions.


Author: abirkopty

Writer, blogger and journalist.

4 thoughts on “UNRWA Palestine refugee youth conference مؤتمر الأونروا حول اللاجئين الفلسطينيين الشباب

  1. Looking forward for the conference. good luck


  2. I have an idea to be discussed in the conference: A Palestinian ID for all Palestinians anywhere in the world. The ID is like any official ID. Moreover, it indicates the location of the person (or parents, grandparents, …) before 1948 and after 1948 until now. Then, all Palestinians will be able to vote, elect and decide how they want to get all of their rights.


  3. Pingback: UNRWA Konferenz in Brüssel « News from Palestine

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