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World Youth Skills Day 2016


“On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all. Ban Ki-moon” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts.

That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the labor market. But unfortunately, existing systems are failing to address the learning needs of many young people, and surveys of learning outcomes and skills show that a large number of youth have low levels of achievement in basic literacy and numeracy. Skills and jobs for youth feature prominently in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and SDG target 4.4 calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills.

July 15 is World Youth Skills Day, and the United Nations is observing the day with a special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.”Understanding what works to support young people in today’s and tomorrow’s labor market through training and skills development will be key to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, and will be at the center of this high-level event.

The event will be facilitated by the UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and will feature opening remarks from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The event is co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, UNESCO, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

UN Information Office launches an initiative in the run up to World Youth Skills Day


UN Information Office has joined hands with top ten successful names in the capital in an effort to celebrate World Youth Skills Day marked on July 15.

You may wonder…

As many as 74.5 million young people were unemployed worldwide in 2013. Expressing concerns regarding this staggering figure, a year ago the UN General Assembly declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day.

Here is the point:

The high youth unemployment and underemployment rate is an acute problem. The majority of young people unable to get jobs live in developing countries. In recognition of this global problem and in commemoration of World Youth Skills Day 2015, the UN Information Office in Uzbekistan has initiated an awareness-raising campaign titled “If I Were You” aimed at steering young people toward informed life and job choices.

How this initiative is relevant:

“If I Were You” is a series of two-minute advice from ten successful leaders in Uzbekistan in various fields. Each guest, based on their own experience, shares one important recommendation with the millennials  that they believe will help them  improve their skills, boost their chances of landing a dream job and achieve career success. The initiative is a creative and youth-friendly  follow-up to concerns expressed in the Resolution of the UN General Assembly  A/C.3/69/L.13/Rev.1 to  “… enhance their(young people’s) ability to make informed choices with regard to life and work and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets,..” as well as its call on member states to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner “..through education, campaigns, volunteering and public awareness-raising activities.”

A side note..

We heartily believe “If I Were You” will motivate, educate and navigate. So, sharing it wide across our platforms is a highly recommended must! The clips are in Russian language with subtitles in English and will only be available on our Facebook page starting tomorrow -July 2, and will go live on YouTube on July 15 .

Click to see the trailer version of the campaign first and do follow us on FB andTwitter to watch the individual clips in full.