Our world is currently home to 1.8 billion young people and youth contain vast potential and play a crucial role in advancing the 2030 Agenda. However, youth today face unprecedented challenges. The pandemic has taken a toll on every aspect of young people’s lives, in particular their education and employment opportunities.
Millions of youths are not transitioning into decent work and are at the risk of social exclusion. The pandemic has led to a substantial and rapid increase in youth unemployment since 2020. A joint global survey shows, 38 per cent of young people globally were uncertain of their future career prospects and 16 per cent were even fearful about their future. Mentally and professionally, the ongoing crisis will reduce future potential of an entire generation if proper measures are not taken now, Changhee Lee highlighted in his speech.
I believe today’s Forum provides an opportunity for key stakeholders at national and global level to forge broad partnership, through social dialogue, for brighter future of young people in labour markets and societies….Our future starts today, not tomorrow. We have to take actions together now."Changhee Lee, ILO Country Office Director for China and Mongolia
Vice Minister Yu Jiadong of MOHRSS, ILO’s tripartite partner, Vice President Fu Zhenbang of All-China Youth Federation, together with heads of other national and international organizations, also addressed on the thematic forum.
About World Youth Development ForumThis is the first World Youth Development Forum, which aims to create a high-level platform for dialogues among policymakers, youth organizations, youth movements and stakeholders from the world, in order to prioritize youth development in development agenda, and advocate youth action to implement the 2030 Agenda.
The Forum is hosted by the All-China Youth Federation, supported and endorsed by the Chinese government and International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and World Economic Forum(WEF).