The president of the International Organization of Folk Art, Ali Khalifa represented the organization at the UNESCO’s NGO Forum 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 3-4. The 2- day forum, titled “Youth and their Social Impact” was a successful event on all levels, from the impeccable organization to the informative talks held throughout the day.
Speakers from around the world presented their unique experiences and projects, which included Positive Planet, SheCab, Humanity Helping Sudan, Empowerment Through Integration and many more. They reflected on various topics from, “What Skills for Young People Today,” to “Educating for a Sustainable Future” and “Fostering Equal Opportunities for Young Men and Women.”
The president noted the inspiring efforts witnessed in this conference, which demonstrates how hard NGOs are working worldwide to better humanity and to promote each culture. These conversations are crucial for the development of the work NGOs produce and to nurture the talents that exist in each country’s youth.
The IOV embodies some of the significant efforts put forth to preserve Intangible Cultural Heritage, a mission in which youth play an important role.
The forum was organized in partnership with MiSK Foundation.