ILO forum addresses growing problem of youth unemployment

Looking for work: ILO

Youth unemployment has reached unprecedented proportions in many countries, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).  ILO says there will be 75 million jobless young people this year, four million more than in 2007.  To address this challenge, the agency this week held a three-day forum in Geneva in which 100 young people participated. Patrick Maigua caught up with Rajneesh Bhandari, a blogger from Nepal. He says more must be done to address this crisis, including supporting youth entrepreneurship.

Timor-Leste welcomes a new president and celebrates 10 years of independence

Mission head Ameerah Haq (in blue) celebrating with Timorese people

On May 20, the nation of Timor-Leste marked 10 years since the restoration of independence, a process which the UN helped administer.  The occasion was doubly historic as new president Taur Matan Ruak assumed his functions.  Charles Appel reports.

UNDP report seeks to improve lives of transgender people in Asia-Pacific

Transphobia hampers access to safety nets in Asia: UNDP

Stigma against transgender people in Asia and the Pacific has made them vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.  That is the finding of a new report, jointly released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN). It's based on more than a decade of research on the region's transgender people.  Dr. Sam Winter of the University of Hong Kong, is the author of the report, 'Lost in Transition.' He talks about how discrimination affects the lives of the estimated 9.5 million transgender people in Asia.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Assistant Producer:   Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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