On behalf of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, Her Royal Highness Princess Iman inaugurated the launching of the Y-Peer International Center for Youth Development at the National Center for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In her opening speech, Princess Iman highlighted the power of culture and arts in making a difference in the lives of our global communities. "Initiatives such as the Y-PEER International Center will help develop the intellectual and creative potential of our young people, so they can participate as healthy citizens in building stable societies and a better world for future generations", added Princess Iman.
Dr. Aleksandar Sasha Bodiroza, UNFPA Technical Advisor, underlined the importance of such initiatives that invest in young people in the region. “The opening of the Y-Peer International Center for Youth Development is a major milestone for youth activists and leaders from all over the Arab States,” said Dr. Bodrioza.
Youth activities' collaboration between the UNFPA and the National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA) started in 2013 when the UNFPA designated the NCCA to act as the global center for theatre-based Y-PEER Education program. Since then, more than 200 participants from the Y-PEER network, were trained on utilizing theater skills and participatory drama to raise awareness on healthy lifestyles, reproductive health and civic engagement.
The Y-Peer International Center for Youth Development at the NCCA will provide technical assistance, quality assurance as well as monitoring and evaluation of Y-Peer capacity building activities. The Center will also maintain a database of professional educators and trainers to facilitate networking with potential partners, and contribute to research and knowledge on youth issues.
The ceremony was attended by UNFPA officials and Y-Peer Regional Representatives, International Coordinators, and Celebrity Ambassadors from 20 countries.
The audience enjoyed musical performances by Y-PEER celebrity ambassadors Dani Dimitrovska and Garby Brothers, and a contemporary dance performance by NCCA MISK Company. Additionally the “Y-PEER Outstanding Inspiration Award” was presented to Y-PEER Celebrity Ambassadors.