UN Focal Point on Youth
Website URL: http://social.un.org/index/Youth.aspx
Recent statistics on youth employment present a gloomy state of affairs for today’s young people. In most developed economies, the long-term unemployment rates of youth significantly surpass those of adults. For example, in Italy, the gap between the youth and adult long-term unemployment rates is shocking: youth are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed for at least one year(International Labour Organization, 2011b, pp. 2-3).
During the week of 25 to 31 October, week III, the e-discussion platform was open to all to discuss the topic of “looking for a job.” The e-discussion invited the views of young people aged 15 to 30 , as well as representatives of youth-led organizations. More than 310 comments were posted on the e-discussion platform by young women and men aged 16 to 30 from all corners of the world, including Nigeria, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.