Outcome document urges decisive action to overcome young people's widespread unemployment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Senior Government officials at a special session of the General Assembly have called on Member States, with the support of the United Nations, to take action to enable young people to overcome widespread unemployment and other problems. They've also urged the UN to ensure that the youth participate integrally in global efforts for peace and sustainable development.

Through the outcome document of the High-level Meeting on Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, adopted by consensus, the Assembly enumerated some 17 areas of action by Member States, pledging "to fulfill commitments to promote youth development, dialogue and mutual understanding, paying due attention to the relevant internationally agreed development goals".

United Nations entities and their partners were requested to strengthen international cooperation and the exchange of good practices through the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, to develop additional measures to address youth challenges and engage in close collaboration with States, as well as civil society, on the issue. Donors were called upon, in addition, to support the implementation of the outcome document, as well as the World Programme of Action for Youth.

Among the areas of action, the Assembly called for support initiatives to anticipate and offset "the negative social and economic consequences of globalization and to maximize its benefits for young people. 

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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