Promoting Youth Employment

Creating decent jobs for a more sustainable future


The speakers today are confident that the youth population should be at the epicenter for vision and transformation. Ms. Agbarakwe discussed the awareness of youth power and international influence to pressure governments and ensure their voices are heard. However the world is lacking an action plan, locally, nationally and globally, to prevent the exclusion of youth from the workforce and to connect them with important training particularly in entrepreneurship and agriculture. 

Mr. Nik Hartley, Chief Executive Officer of Restless Development, drew statistics on Tanzania where 50% of the population is under 15, fertility rates are 5 children per mother, 800,000 young will need to entre the job market every year, and as 8% of young people turn to criminal offenses, there is a clear need for high youth employment and inclusion.  

Ms. Goldin expressed concerns that youth make up 40% of the world’s unemployed, as they can be vulnerable to long term unemployment, with little opportunity for advancement and skill enhancement. Governments operate inefficiently as they face monetary losses from missed taxation opportunities, and high benefits payments. Ms. Ollivierre and Ms. Trettebergstuen emphasized the importance of training young people in entrepreneurship, as current education systems don’t always facilitate students with skills necessary for employment and sustainable business.

Mr. Landi explained that 9/10 jobs are created in the private sector and agreed with Mr. Dino Corell that not just quantity but the quality of employment must be monitored to ensure that young people are respected and given equal and fair employment standards. The discussion expressed a need for the youth civil society and governments to work alongside employers in a collaborative training experience acting as a stepping-stone into the work environment.

Ms. Taylor declared there is no single solution but there must be an unwavering commitment to the inclusion and engagement of the youth population in the current agenda setting, which paves the way for development into their future.


Meeting Title: Promoting Youth Employment – Creating Decent Jobs for a more Sustainable Future
Ms. Nicole Goldin – Director of Youth Prosperity and Security Initiative at Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ms. Alian Ollivierre – Barbados Youth Development Council (iVolunteer Barbados) and SIDS Caribbean Focal Point, Mr. Dino Corell – Programme Analyst, International Labour Organization, Mr. Matteo Landi – Industrial Development Officer and Youth Employment Expert, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Ms. Esther Agbarakwe – Co-founder, Youth Climate Coalition of Nigeria, Ms. Anette Trettebergstuen – Member of the Labour and Social Affairs Committee of Norway,  Ms. Andrea Taylor – Director of North America, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Location: United Nations HQ, New York
Date: 2 June 2014
Written by WIT representative:
Sophia Griffiths-Mark 


Commission on Population and Development: Forty Sixth Session New Trends in Demographic Aspects 10:00-1:00 5 NLB, United Nations Headquarters

Chairperson: H.E. Ambassador Vlad Lupan (Republic of Moldova)

Vice-Chairpersons: Mr. Juan Carlos Alfonso (Cuba), Mr. Matthias Schikorski (Germany), Mr. Eduardo José De Vega (Philippines) and H.E. Ambassador Marianne Odette Bibalou (Gabon) (pending election)

Proceeding’s opened by the Chair stressing greater flexibility needed if there is going to be any meaningful results today. A need to streamline the majority of the text, delegates cannot hold up the proceedings with mundane issues. The need to formalize the decisions made by the board, this will be done in CR6, by 3 o’clock the board needs to formalize in the plenary meeting.

“I understand that there is some delegates with flexibility so I would encourage that again today”, stated the Chair. A negotiation will not take place all afternoon. OP17 alt discussed in-depth in terms of language and terminology, Mexico highlights some issues with language of the text. – the programme allows migrants to integrate fully into society, facilitate family reunification in accordance with laws and specific criteria of each member state and promote a harmonious, tolerant and respectful environment, and encourages host countries to take appropriate measures aimed at the full integration of long term migrants staying (legally/regularly) issue has arisen over this type of terminology.

PP22 could be a used as a compromise in terms of language and meaning – Mexico. Both Europe and Uruguay pose questions and the lack of clarity that surrounds the language, the main theme seems to be the protection of the family through international law. The rights of migrate children also mentioned and the right of that individual to have their family close by. European representative concedes on his need for clarity, which is holding up proceedings stating, “Otherwise we will be here until Christmas”. Mexico again seeks clarification on OP17General consensus on OP17 (outlined earlier) agreed and adopted. OP22 also adopted and the language terminology agreed. OP27 – in relation to the financial aspects of these policies discussed briefly.

A more in-depth update is available on the United Nations Website.

-Wayne Dean Doyle