UN official calls for concrete action to tackle global unemployment

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Temporary employment agency in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Delegates attending the Commission for Social Development, which opened in New York on Wednesday, have been urged to develop concrete measures to combat unemployment worldwide.

The challenge comes from the head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, in his address to the opening session.

He pointed out that 200 million people worldwide are jobless, roughly 40 percent of whom are youth. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed people continues to rise.

 "These are not just mere statistics. Behind the numbers are lives affected, livelihoods lost and opportunities missed. I urge, if I may, the Commission to have a candid discussion and to come up with concrete measures and actions for combating the scourge of unemployment."

The Commission for Social Development meets annually at UN Headquarters on a wide range of social policy issues.

The theme for this year's session, which runs through 15 February, concerns poverty eradication, full employment and decent work for all.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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