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UN Focal Point on Youth

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 08:22

Young People Are a Diverse Social Group

What the research shows: Young workers are not a homogenous group. There are certain social groups that face distinct disadvantages which, intersecting with the social exclusion experienced by youth, broaden the challenge of their finding opportunities for decent work.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (1997), non-formal education refers to:

Many of the participants voiced their perceptions of age discriminatory practices across the labour market. Several commented on different forms of discrimination, including: age, gender, geography, nationality and ethnic background. Crispin, with Aube Nouvelle pour la Femme et le developpment (ANFD), informed us of such issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “where [an estimated] 90 per cent of youth are unemployed.

In addition to the above, several other recommendations were proposed. Most notably:

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 08:12

Conclusions

In general terms, the comments shared by participants in the e-discussion on youth employment confirmed what is stated in various reports on the topic; young people are facing various employment challenges, reflected in insecure employment, high unemployment and other measures. Youth are broadly concerned that there are too few opportunities for decent work.

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The UN Focal Point on Youth aims to build awareness of the global situation of young people, as well as promote their rights and aspirations, working toward greater participation of young people in decision-making as a means for achieving peace and development.

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