There were at least 690 people who accessed and viewed the e-discussion during the week. In addition to the e-discussion platform, there were also postings/uploads onto the United Nations International Year of Youth Facebook page, and a live question and answer Twitter session with United Nations Youth Champion, Monique Coleman, and Special Adviser to the United States Secretary of State on Global Youth Affairs, Ronan Farrow.
This chapter explores the quality and conditions of jobs held by youth, and how young people’s working situation interacts with their family and home lives. While many examples were shared of young people pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, the overall consensus was that there is a growing frustration: not only with a lack of jobs, but also a lack of engagement. The fact is that many young people need to be both listened to and collaborated with by Governments and the private sector regarding job creation and workers’ rights.Participants were asked, “Have you influenced any educational or employment policy forums? If so, how did you go about this and what were your successes?” The response to this question was a resounding silence. Discussion and debate with constituents on matters that affect them, such as decent work, is a constitutional obligation for many Member States which have adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. But more than that – it is effective policymaking.