In partnership with the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN and the International Federation for Family Development, the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN held a conference to discuss the importance of youth integration of sustainable development. The youth today are far more dependent on parents and grandparents than past generations, leading to idleness that serves as a precedent to corruption among the young population.
Ms. Bogyay discussed the importance of how children are educated at home, highlighting the importance of the parents’ role. Education and employment are two notions that go hand in hand, and education on sustainability must begin at an early age. Emotional intelligence is also critical in how the youth build trust and communicate, especially in the digital age of the modern world.
Mr. Riederer reported a tremendous increase of youth unemployment in European countries. However, jobs are not enough as they must be both decent and sufficient to sustain the well-being of the population. He discussed the four different dimensions of vulnerability: economic, social, psychological, and physical; one dimension can lead to another. Vulnerability reproduction is also prevalent today, which constitutes its intergenerational transmission. Parental education is a critical component of this reproduction, as the level of education obtained by the parents mirrors the risk of youth poverty. Education is important for children, parents, employers, and society. Mr. Riederer concluded with three main points:
- Vulnerability is multidimensional.
- Vulnerability reproduction within families must be stopped.
- Education is key.
- Quality, school-to-work transition, decent jobs
Mr. Pomperada highlighted investment in youth and authentic development of future leaders. Young people must be taught that they have inherent value, as the youth are not just future leaders, but the leaders of today.
Meeting: International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) Briefing 2018: Youth Integration for Sustainable Development
Date/Location: Thursday, 2 February 2018, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm; Conference Room 7, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Ms. Renata Kaczmarska, Social Affairs Officer, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Moderator
Mr. Mario Armella, World President of the International Federation for Family Development
H.E. Ambassador Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamaria Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations
Mr. Bernhard Riederer, Wiggenstein Centre, Vienna Institute of Demography
Mr. Obadias Ndaba, Founder and CEO of Jimbere Fund (United States)
Mr. Fabio Lup, Vice President of Associação do Abrigo Nossa Senhora Rainha da Paz (Brazil)
Ms. Katalyn Kardosné Gyurkó, President of Nagycsaládosok Országos Egyesülete (Hungary)
Ms. Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director of Doha International Family Institute (Qatar)
Mr. Lord Leomer Pomperada, President of the World Youth Alliance
Written By: WIT Representative Kristin Kweon