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Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) Platform opens registrations for Y4S Virtual Forum

12 Jan 2021 Press Release
Strategic Platforms, Youth, ADSW
  • Hosted by Masdar, the Youth for Sustainability (Y4S) Virtual Forum will see a three-day event aimed at exploring ways for young people to play an active role in leading the green recovery and reimagining skills for a sustainable future.
  • The forum will provide a unique opportunity to hear from government leaders, industry experts, young innovators and social entrepreneurs

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; January 12, 2021: Masdar, one of the world’s leading clean energy companies and host of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), has announced the opening of registrations for the Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) Virtual Forum, a series of youth-led discussions taking place over three days, Monday, January 18, Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21, 2021. 

The Youth 4 Sustainability platform, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, is a year-long youth-led program that invests and actively supports the development of young people, enabling them to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow. The platform aims to directly engage 50,000 young people globally by 2030 through experiential, hands-on, and active learning programs.

“The UAE has established itself as a global leader in the empowerment of youth, encouraging them to play an active role in the country’s development,” said Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives at Masdar. “The global Youth 4 Sustainability platform is committed to equipping young people around the world with the skills and experience they need to succeed in helping lead the sustainability agenda, one of the most important topics of our time.”

The Y4S Virtual Forum at ADSW, supported by Principal Partner the Department of Energy, will provide a unique opportunity for youth to hear from high-level speakers who will share their experience and explore how young people can play an active role in advancing the sustainability agenda.

Throughout the week, youth will have the opportunity to attend a series of online panels, keynotes, workshops, roundtables and presentations featuring high-level speakers from around the world. The sessions will focus on the main pillars of Advocacy & Governance, Leadership & Sustainability, Skills & Innovation and Entrepreneurship, all integral topics in preparing youth to lead a green recovery and realize a more sustainable world. 

Speakers during the three-day forum include HE Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, HE Awaida Al Marar, Chairman of the Department of Energy, HE Mariam Al Mehairi, Minister of State for Food Security, HE Shamma bint Sohail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA, Michele Daghere, Creating Shared Value Manager Director for Nestle, and many more speakers from across the innovation and sustainability sectors, all with the goal of connecting young people to advance the sustainability agenda. 

The full list of speakers and sessions is available upon registration. 

Please visit for more information and to register. 


About Masdar

Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar is advancing the commercialization and deployment of renewable energy, sustainable urban development and clean technologies to address global sustainability challenges. Wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, our mandate is to help maintain the UAE’s leadership in the global energy sector, while supporting the diversification of both its economy and energy sources for the benefit of future generations. Today, Masdar is active in more than 30 countries, including the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco, the UK, the US, Australia, Spain, Serbia, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, and many more.

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About Youth 4 Sustainability

The Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) aims to create awareness and offer soft skills knowledge for the future of jobs in sustainability to up to one million youth by 2030 through the Y4S learning app and online experience. The 2021 program will offer a blended, scalable, enhanced and measured learning approach and experiences to include hands-on experimental learning, self-paced comprehensive content and engagement throughout the year-round learning journey.