Regional Youth Session at the 2020 Virtual Leaders Summit

On June 15th and 16th, the 2020 Leaders Summit happened virtually for the world to take part of. The 26-hour 20th anniversary Leaders Summit was a one of a kind experience that was built on inclusivity and innovation.

More than 20,000 people had the chance to take part in panels, plenary discussions and regional sessions, and engage in global networking with UNGC members and sustainability leaders from around the world.

Under the slogan of “Recover better, Recover stronger, Recover together”, the Summit allowed international leaders to come together to decide how business can help in facing the adversities that have arisen due to Covid-19. This was achieved through a 26-hour conversation between leading voices from all sectors of society.

Regional Youth Session: 

On the second day, Tuesday June 16th, a Regional Youth Session took place. It was hosted by our own President Dr. Dima Jamali and featured two of our local members, Omar Itani the co-founder FabricAID and Maya Terro the co-founder of Foodblessed. In addition, two speakers from two other networks were featured, Kevin Chalhoub, Founder & CEO of EV Lab, and Lynn Malkawi, Founder & Director Wasel for Awareness & Education.

The panel focused on the importance of youth dialogue during Covid-19. It also focused on how the youth hold the key to a better recovery. Challenges faced by young people mount, and many respond with resilience and with innovative solutions. Hence, the session showcased the youth’s perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic, risks, concerns, and solutions for both the private sector and Government. 

Over the course of an hour, Dr. Dima Jamali moderated the session and directed her question to the four panelists. The questions focused on the themes of Recovery and Sustainability of Youth Efforts. The session, then, ended with a final question directed to all speakers – what is the post-COVID-19 future that you want to see?

This regional session took place on the main stage, which gave the chance for 1,700 people to attend. It was the only session in the Summit focusing on the youth, allowing it to stand unique amongst the rest. Hence, it turned out to be a great success and yielded a great deal of positive feedback.

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