Norway's former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, former US President Jimmy Carter and former Irish President Mary Robinson – three of the so-called Elders group of independent global leaders working for peace and human rights – will engage in a panel discussion with young Egyptians selected by Young Arab Voices, a joint project of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council, which develops skills and opportunities for youth-led debate across the Arab region.
Young people were at the forefront of the Arab revolutions. For their first visit to the region since the Arab Awakening, the Elders will be hearing first-hand thoughts from a wide range of young people in Egypt about the momentous events that have changed their country, and learn about their hopes and expectations for the future. The event will take place on Wednesday 24 October.
The discussion will be moderated by TV host Yosri Fouda and will be broadcast live on ON-TV from the Opera House in English and Arabic (with simultaneous translation). This special intergenerational event will be an opportunity to discuss how to build an inclusive and democratic Egypt, listen to the aspirations of Egyptian youth and make sure their voices are heard in the ongoing debates about the future of their country.
Since its launch last year, the “Young Arab Voices” regional programme has sought to provide opportunities, tools, and capacity building to help involve young people in running and managing effective debates, ultimately enriching the pluralistic democratic dialogue in the Arab world.
Event topic: Debating the Elders: Building an Inclusive and Democratic Future for Egypt.
Speakers: The Elders: Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Laureate, Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Laureate and Gro Harlem Brundtland, first woman Prime Minister of Norway and a medical doctor who champions health as a human right.
The debate will focus on the role of youth of Egypt in building an inclusive and democratic future for their country.
Moderator: Yosri Fouda - ON TV
Venue: Cairo Opera House
Date: 24 October 2012
Time: 1900 - gates close at 1830
Places are limited, attendance will be chosen on basis of first come first served.
The debate will be English, simultaneous translation will be provided.
If you are interested in attending the event, please fill in the attached form and send it to YAV@britishcouncil.org.eg by no later than 20 October 2012
The Anna Lindh Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue promotes knowledge, mutual respect and inter-cultural dialogue between the people of the Euro-Mediterranean region, working through a network of more than 3,000 civil society organisations in 43 countries. Its budget is co-funded by the EU (€7 million) and the EU member states (€6 million).
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