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YES Summits


The first YES Summit in 2002, co-chaired by Hon. Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, and H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, then First Lady of Egypt, launched a decade long campaign to fight poverty through large-scale job creation and entrepreneurship for youth. The Alexandria Summit was attended by 1600 delegates from 120 countries in Egypt. Listed below are archived information from YES's past summits:


Drawing from nearly 75 countries, 600 delegates (including 30 government delegations) walked through the gates of the Gulustan Palace. Together we celebrated the recent achievements of YES and began preparing for our new initiatives that will take us to the 2010 YES summit in Sweden.

YES Panama Regional Forum 2008

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YES Kenya Summit 2006

The YES Kenya 2006 was a remarkable success.. no one can doubt! Nairobi took on the appearance of ONE world- with YES delegates from ONE hundred countries converging with ONE mission to learn how to 'create markets...unleash entrepreneurship' ...and leaving as ONE team with ONE dream! A dream of a world of employed productive youth building a better world!

President Kibaki set the tone by urging all of us in the inaugural to put youth first. We were also deeply honored by the presence of the Deputy Prime Minsiter of Iraq. Hon. Dr.Salam Al-Zobaee, who by his sheer presence and inspiring words attested to the importance of getting young people off the street into productive work. The Africa Ministers made a bold commitment by declaring their commitment to a YES Africa master plan!


YES Mexico Summit 2004

The YES Mexico 2004 was held in, World Trade Center (WTC), Veracruz, Mexico, from October 4 - 7, 2004. YES Mexico 2004 was the YES Campaign's first Milestone Event, bringing together diverse stakeholders from youth organizations, governments and NGO's as well as leaders in academia. It was hosted by the government of Mexico. Strategies were reviewed within the context of the YES Framework for Action; successful programs, policies, and projects were also highlighted and shared among Summit delegates. YES Mexico 2004 was be an important milestone for evaluating global progress on youth employment.


Hyderabad Regional Forum 2003

For five days – December 14 – 18, 2003 delegates from 44 countries descended to the bedecked city of Hyderabad - capital of Andhra Pradesh, India, to participate in the first ever YES Regional Forum. The city of Hyderabad was festoon with flags, banners, hoardings and other decorations to welcome the delegates of the Forum. The festivities were on till wee hours of the night with artists of the caliber of the legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussian making public performances for thousands of young people from all over Andhra Pradesh and for the citizens of Hyderabad.


YES Alexandria Summit 2002

YES2002 launched the Youth Employment Summit Decade Campaign of Action to promote youth employment internationally. Objectives of the Summit included solidifying partnerships, seeking media attention and alignments, creating public awareness and placing the burning issue of youth unemployment on the global agenda.