The online registration for the 5th EMPOWER Youth Conference 2013 is now open. Organised by the educational non-profit organisation, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), the conference will take place at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) from 28 – 31 March 2013.
EMPOWER 2013 expects to attract up to 400 youth between the ages of 16 and 26 with a strong 3-day program focusing on leadership, service learning and global citizenship. In particular, organisers will be integrating sports, environment, skills development and the Arabic language as key themes of the EMPOWER 2013 program.
What is EMPOWER 2013
Since the event’s inauguration in 2009, EMPOWER 2013 aims to build on the success of four previous EMPOWER conferences by continuing to raise awareness and build knowledge and capacity to enable young people to take leadership roles to address local and international developmental issues that concern them.
EMPOWER 2013 has been organised in collaboration with a Planning Committee comprised of 30 youth volunteers. The Planning Committee serves EMPOWER by assisting ROTA in planning, implementing and coordinating certain elements of the conference. Whilst the Planning Committee attend planning meetings, ROTA provides training and workshops to create a learning experience.
This year, the theme for EMPOWER 2013 will be Water Cooperation. In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. In reflection of this declaration, the 2013 World Water Day which takes place on 22 March 2013, the conference will be dedicated to water cooperation.