United Nations Youth Forum

Colleagues at the Department of Economic & Social Affairs (DESA) held a successful youth forum at the UN in New York, 27 February on the issue of youth employment. The aim – to find better jobs for youth who are well-educated but can’t find work as a turbulent economic tide sweeps the world.

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The event was streamed live on Facebook and Twitter, receiving more than 2,000 tweets from people concerned about this dilemma around the globe.  Opening the event was Dr. Asha Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General at the UN.  She warned that women, especially in rural areas where they  struggle to lift themselves out of poverty,  are hit hard by the crisis.

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Migiro calls for systematic strategies to empower women in rural areas

  If you missed it, watch the event here  United Nations Webcast

UN Event on Youth Employment

The current economic and global financial crisis is affecting people in developed and developing countries. The underlying cause – greed by unscrupulous financiers. Millions in the United States lost their jobs, homes and even their families.  Ripples of the meltdown unsettled global markets and those affected in North America live in fear.  Most are still looking for jobs with little chances of securing work in their field.   UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says “the global economic crisis is a global jobs crisis. And youth are hardest hit.”

The United Nations is hosting a forum at its headquarters in New York on 27 February to find solutions to end the crisis facing the young. Follow the conversation live on Twitter at #UN4Youth.  Watch video at  http://goo.gl/IAVfp   to join the discussion on Facebook, Livestream and UNwebcast.