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Youth in Arab region get new online portal

Revamped in design and content, a web portal for youth in the Arab region, www.jeunessearabe.info, has been launched.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 16:14 IST

Revamped in design and content, a web portal for youth in the Arab region, www.jeunessearabe.info, has been launched.

This second version of the website has new features like a monthly theme to which the site dedicates an in depth article with documents and specific information resources and a forum linked to it.

Youth associations interested in the theme are being asked to write the in depth article and moderate the debate in the forum.

For its choice of themes, the web portal will give guidelines on communication tools offered by the internet with more general themes that interest the youth in the Arab region, such as environmental issues, a Unesco statement said.

Discussions on each theme will carry on for a month and a half, after which it will be an online archive for further consultation.

Another important new feature is a "news rubric". This space aims to inform young people from the Arab region about activities, forums, events and all the interesting opportunities that exist in the region.

Unesco said this portal's virtual library was being kept "rich in documents and information" in three languages: English, French and Arabic.

For its goal, this portal wishes to improve access and participation of young people, and also to strengthen the creative and interactive capacities of young people.

Created in 2004 within the frame of a joint programming initiative between Unesco and ISESCO (Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), the jeunessearabe.info portal aims to serve information needs of youth and youth associations of the Arab world.

This portal is part of the INFOYOUTH programme, a worldwide information network on youth issues.