Posted on April 24, 2015

Qatar's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Thursday urged including aspirations of youth into its national and foreign policies. Speaking at a UN Security Council open meeting here on the role of youth in combating extremism, violence and promoting peace, HE Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani said that conflicts in several countries in the region, particularly Palestine and Syria are affecting peace and stability.

The inability of the international community to find solutions to these regional conflicts as per international laws has led to this situation It said it is aware of the terrible consequences of continuing conflicts in several countries in the region, especially in Palestine and Syria, as a result of the inability of the international community to find solutions to these conflicts in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and international law.

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The whole international community agree on resolutions on combating extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and that Member States agreed, within the framework of the United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy, to address the root causes of terrorism as the only way to eradicate it, HE Sheikha Alia added. She confirmed that terrorism did not arise from a vacuum, but has grown and evolved in fragile environments which helped in the growth of extremism, as a result of policies that do not attach importance to the problems of society, including youth, and the despair experienced by young people is at the forefront the reasons behind fostering terrorist organizations to reach their evil, by using youth as fuel for their recruitment.

She said to consider the aspirations of young people, and set up educational programmes that equip them to contribute to the development of their communities. Creating employment, and delivering social justice will eliminate their insecurities and a sense of injustice, as well as involving them in decision making would create a favourable environment and help eliminate extremism, she added.