Rabat, Morocco 4th Oct. Honored to contribute to the UNDP YOUTH INNOVATION SUMMIT: CO-CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE. The Youth Innovation Summit is a five-day event brought young people to the forefront of sustainable development. 100 young talents were selected to work together on creative and innovative solutions to some of Morocco’s biggest social and economic challenges in an Innovation Lab. The summit culminated in a Youth Dialogue Festival, a public platform for dialogue, inspiration and discussion.
Youth Innovation Summit
The Youth Innovation Summit started on Monday, September 30, and ended today, October 4. The five-day event took place in OLM Souissi, in Rabat.
The summit aimed to bring Moroccan youth to the forefront of social innovation, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship in Morocco.
More than 30 Moroccan organizations and businesses took part in the summit, and more than 2,500 visitors attended.
The Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports, the United Nations Development Program, and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized the summit. Other partners of the event include local and international start-ups, artists, accelerator programs, and international banks.
Youth Dialogue Festival
The summit concluded with the Youth Dialogue Festival. The festival was open to the public for free, like the rest of the summit’s activities. It started at 9 a.m. with a Zumba session to warm up at the nearby Ibn Sina Park, also known as “Hilton Forest.”
The festival officially started at 11 a.m. with speeches from Morocco’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami, and the Danish Crown Princess Mary. The event’s program included multiple dialogues and debates. Topics varied between the engagement of youth in sustainable development, the future of jobs in Morocco, female empowerment, and even food as a driver for change.