Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts.
That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the labor market. But unfortunately, existing systems are failing to address the learning needs of many young people, and surveys of learning outcomes and skills show that a large number of youth have low levels of achievement in basic literacy and numeracy. Skills and jobs for youth feature prominently in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and SDG target 4.4 calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills.
According to a recent International Labour Organization (ILO) publication, 71 million young people were estimated to be unemployed in 2015 (13.1% youth unemployment rate), and this figure is expected to increase in most regions by 2017.
One reason for youth unemployment is structural unemployment, a mismatch between the skills that workers in the economy can offer and the skills demanded of workers by employers. Structural unemployment affects all regions around the world and it impacts not only economies but also hampers the transition to equitable and inclusive societies envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2014
[on the report of the Third Committee (A/69/480)] 69/145.
World Youth Skills Day
The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolutions 50/81 of 14December 1995 and 62/126 of 18 December 2007, in which it adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth, its resolution 65/312 of 26 July 2011, by which it adopted the outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on youth: dialogue and mutual understanding, including the actions recommended therein on youth, and its resolution 68/130 of 18 December 2013 on policies and programmes involving youth,
Recalling also its resolution 54/120 of 17 December 1999, in which it endorsed the recommendation that 12 August be declared International Youth Day, and its resolution 64/134 of 18 December 2009, by which it proclaimed the year commencing on 12August 2010 the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,
Reaffirming its resolutions 53/199 of 15December 1998 and 61/185 of 20 December 2006 on the proclamation of international years, and Economic and Social Council resolution 1980/67 of 25 July 1980 on international years and anniversaries, particularly paragraphs 1 to 10 of the annex thereto on the agreed criteria for the proclamation, as well as paragraphs 13 and 14, stating that an international day or year should not be proclaimed before the basic arrangements for its organization and financing have been made,
Expressing concern at the high number of unemployed youth, estimated globally at 74.5 million in 2013, the majority of whom live in developing countries,
Noting that Member States have an important role in meeting the needs and aspirations of youth, particularly in developing countries,
Recognizing that fostering the acquisition of skills by youth would enhance their ability to make informed choices with regard to life and work and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets,
- Decides to designate 15 July as World Youth Skills Day;
- Invites all Member States, the organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including youth-led organizations, to commemorate World Youth Skills Day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with national priorities, including through education, campaigns, volunteering and public awareness-raising activities.
- Stresses that the cost of all activities that may arise from the implementation of the present resolution should be met from voluntary contributions;
- Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member and observer States and all organizations of the United Nations system.
73rd plenary meeting 18 December 2014
Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for achieving peace and positive social change for all
The event is organized by the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (UNDESA-DSPD) in collaboration with United for All Peoples (UP) and the participation of Disabled Peoples International (DPI) Manhattan Multicultural Counseling (MMC).
Friday, 14 July 2017, United Nations Headquarters in New York
See the programme.
Skills for the Future of Work
Event on “World Youth Skills Day 2017: Skills for the Future of Work” (on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day (15 July)) (co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth and the International Labour Organization (ILO))
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:00 to 18:00 Conference Room 3 UNHQ
All are invited. For further information, please contact Ms. Jessica Pak, ILO (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Global Youth Video Competition 2017
The theme of Global Youth Video Competition 2017 is “Mobilizing climate action related to cities and oceans”. The Competition welcomes youth of 18 to 30 years old to share a project or campaign they are involved in which relates to one of this year’s categories in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video.
Category 1: Climate friendly and resilient cities
Developing sustainable cities and communities is one of the key components in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change. We are asking young people to submit videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.
Category 2: Oceans and climate change
Oceans absorb much of the temperature rise and 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, this is leading to higher levels of acidity. Sea levels are also on the rise and threaten many coastal communities. We are asking for videos on actions youth are taking to address challenges related to oceans and waterways.
Read more about Global Youth Video Competition 2017