A peep into the UN Youth Employment Report: Youth perspectives on the pursuit of decent work in changing times

By Rachel Ogbu

Summary of the news from UN World Youth Report

The report reveals that young people are worried about the quality and relevance of their education.

For the first time, inputs gathered from young people around the world through an extensive online consultation form the core of the World Youth Report, entitled Youth Employment: Youth Perspectives on the Pursuit of Decent Work in Changing Times.

 The report, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), also outlines the situation of young people in the labour market and youth employment trends. One of the effects of the economic crisis saw the rate of unemployment youth around the world at its highest in 2009, resulting in around 75.8 million unemployed youth.

About 1,100 contributors responded sending in photos and videos as well. The replies were received from young people around the world during the four-week consultation period. The report reveals that young people are worried about the quality and relevance of their education. Other subjects of concern include job vulnerability, labour migration, delayed marriage, and the rural divide, as well as age, gender and racial discrimination.

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The full report will be available for distribution shortly, the UN has announced.

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