Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman will travel to the Middle East from August 13-18, 2013. She will meet with young Israelis and Palestinians from across economic, political, and civic spheres to highlight their work, and explore ways in which the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues can support their efforts in those areas.
In Tel Aviv, Special Adviser Rahman will meet with the National Union of Israeli Students, representing more than 300,000 Israeli students in 64 higher education institutions and vocational schools. She will also meet with Embassy Tel Aviv’s Youth Council and will be engaging business leaders in several roundtables on economic initiatives targeting youth in the private sector.
While in Jerusalem, Special Adviser Rahman will hold a listening session with young political leaders and alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs about the role that young leaders can play in promoting peaceful resolutions to regional problems. She will also meet with several private sector executives to discuss economic issues affecting youth and entrepreneurship. Special Adviser Rahman will participate in a discussion with the leadership of the YaLa Young Leaders, who will be joined by activists from One Voice and alumni of the New Story Leadership program about their role in efforts to resolve regional problems.
In the West Bank, Special Adviser Rahman will also have the opportunity to discuss economic challenges and opportunities for Palestinian youth with the Sharek Youth Forum, which includes members of the Youth Economic Empowerment Center, the Business Women Forum, and the International Youth Foundation. She will join in a roundtable with Palestinian students and visit a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) refugee camp.
Special Adviser Rahman will conclude her official visit with a discussion on social innovation and social incubators with young Israelis at the Jerusalem Young Adult Center.
For information about the Office of Global Youth Issues, please visit http://www.state.gov/j/gyi/.