FOR BROADCAST USE A pilot project for promising young leaders and entrepreneurs, age 20 to 35, is playing an important role in shaping Atlantic Canada’s future. The 21inc. Emerging Leaders Summit identifies and engages young entrepreneurial leaders in companies and organizations across Nova Scotia, while developing leadership skills in 50 of the region’s most promising young people, about 20 of which will come from Nova Scotia. The province, through Economic and Rural Development and Nova Scotia Business Inc., is investing 30-thousand dollars to support this project. Premier Darrell Dexter says it is an investment in the development and retention of talented youth in Nova Scotia, which is vital to the province’s economic stability and long-term growth. -30- 21inc., a youth led nonprofit organization, is seeking nominations for the 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit. The Summit identifies and engages young leaders in companies and organizations across Nova Scotia, while developing leadership skills in 50 of the region’s most promising young people, approximately 20 of which will come from Nova Scotia. Nominations can be made online at www.21inc.ca The province, through Economic and Rural Development and Nova Scotia Business Inc., is investing $30,000 to support this project. “We’re investing in our future leaders so they can make a significant and lasting impact on the economic and social well being of our communities,” said Premier Darrell Dexter today, June 25. “This is an investment to ensure that more young people stay and build a life here in Nova Scotia, which is vital to the province’s economic stability and growth in the long term.” Nova Scotia’s aging population means young people need to increasingly take positions of leadership in companies and organizations. The summit will help participants develop relevant skills, which will help to foster innovative, growing and globally competitive companies. It offers networking and mentoring opportunities among peers, while enhancing skills and strategic knowledge of trends to help lead and grow companies and organizations to create a strong economy in Atlantic Canada. The program is designed to enhance abilities to motivate self and others, build teams, strategize, design structures and measure success. After the summit, being held Nov. 22-24 at St. Andrews by-the-sea, N.B., the emerging leaders will engage with top doers and thinkers at the 21inc Ideas Festival. “This is a unique and exciting skill development opportunity for young people, which is not currently found in Canada,” said Mr. Dexter. “It’s important to create stimulating forums where senior public- and private-sector leaders engage with the region’s future leaders on common challenges and opportunities.” To be eligible, potential participants must be nominated for a selection process. The successful nominees will be announced in September. “This support from the government of Nova Scotia sends a strong message of the province’s commitment to retaining young leaders and will help to ensure the success of the summit,” said executive director, 21inc., Tom Coate. “The combination of skill development, relationship building, and idea sharing will ensure our emerging leaders are better equipped to lead today and in the future.” The 21inc. Emerging Leaders Summit is supported by private and public sector partners, including Scotiabank, Emera, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, Colour, Evolving Solutions, Transcontinental, Nova Scotia Business Inc., the government of Nova Scotia, the government of New Brunswick, and government of Prince Edward Island. ————————————————————— A pilot project for promising young leaders and entrepreneurs, age 20 to 35 is playing an important role in shaping Atlantic Canada’s future.
“It is my deep belief that it is essential to restart a serious and credible political process of negotiation aiming at that objective – the two-state solution – as it is also important to create conditions on the ground to improve the situation of Palestinian populations,” Mr. Guterres said at a press conference in Ramallah after meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. “A two-state solution that will end the occupation and, with the creation of conditions, also the suffering even to the Palestinian people, is in my opinion the only way to guarantee that peace is established and, at the same time, that two states can live together in security and in mutual recognition,” Mr. Guterres said. He said that Israel’s settlement activity represented a major obstacle to the implementation of the two-state solution although there are other obstacles. The UN chief also expressed a concern about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and pledged to support the effort towards creating conditions for a unified Palestinian leadership both in West Bank and Gaza. To a question about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest comments on settlements in West Bank, Mr. Guterres said “it is clear that there is a disagreement on that matter.” “We believe that settlement activity is illegal under international law […] it is an obstacle to the two-state solution,” he added.VideoPhoto VIDEO: At joint press conference in Ramalla, Secretary-General António Guterres says the two-State solution is the path to peace in the Middle East. Credit: UN News Secretary-General António Guterres arrives at the One Stop Centre for survivors of violence in Ramallah, Palestine. Photo: UN Photo/Ahed Izhiman ‹ › Visit to Yasser Arafat Museum Also today, the Secretary-General visited Yasser Arafat Museum. “When visiting this museum, there are of course many emotions and many feelings, but the most important of them is the feeling of the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Mr. Guterres told reporters. For many years, in different capacities as Prime Minister of Portugal and as president of an international political organization, he has closely followed the peace process, in its hopes and frustrations, he said. “I have a dream, a dream to see in the Holy Land two states: A Palestinian state and an Israeli State, living together in peace and security, in mutual recognition and allowing for this kind of suffering not to be possible anymore,” the Secretary-General stated.He also visited the One Stop Centre, which provides women and juvenile survivors of gender-based violence with comprehensive in-house services, including medical examination, legal consultation, psychosocial support, referral service to long-term shelters, and police protection.Since its establishment, the centre, with the support of UN Women, UN Development Programme, and the UN Children’s Fund, has already assisted more than 400 women and juvenile survivors of violence. Secretary-General António Guterres visits the One Stop Centre for survivors of violence in Ramallah, Palestine. Photo: UN Photo/Ahed Izhiman Secretary General António Guterre encourages UN Women staff Hanan Kamer to continue working with the Palestinian Government to support survivors of violence. Photo: UN Women/ Eunjin Jeong