On 26 September, 2018 the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beirut hosted a regional level discussion under the auspices of the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative on Adolescents and Youth in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The event brought together young people affected by conflict, humanitarians, development experts and representatives of the international donor community, including: Australia, Canada, Denmark, EU, France, Germany, Italy Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US. Also present was a representative from the American University of Beirut
Conveying the highlights of a regional level Evidence Symposium on Adolescents and Youth in MENA on 25 and 26 September, and organised by a regional UN:NGO group on adolescents & youth and the NLG partnership, the agenda of the Donor Briefing included presentations on the current evidence on and solutions for adolescents and youth in the region. The two specific areas of focus for evidence and solutions were: 1) the prevention of and response to violence; and 2) Easing the transition from education to employment.
The donor briefing was unique in providing ten young people, including young refugees, the opportunity to directly share their aspirations, expertise and recommendations with a community of senior donor representatives, UN agencies and INGO partners.