Brussels, Belgium, 19-20 March 2012 -- A two-day international conference Engaging Youth to discuss the role of Palestine Refugees in a Changing Middle East convened by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and supported by the EU and Belgium, concluded in Brussels with UNRWA Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, unveiling ten "Youth Commitments" on behalf of the UN Agency.
The meeting was addressed by a number of key world leaders. It was opened by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al Malki, who spoke on behalf of President Abbas, the Foreign Ministers of Belgium, Didier Reynders, and Jordan, Nasser Joudeh, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil al-Araby. Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, delivered a message on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The speakers list also included Mr. Martin Schulz, President European Parliament, Mr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister Palestinian Authority and Mr. Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development United Kingdom.
The meeting was attended by over 400 participants and stakeholders, including 24 Palestine refugee youth from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as two young Palestinian bloggers.