New UN appointments address youth unemployment, role in peace efforts

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Young women look for work at a job centre in Tianjin, China. Photo: ILO

The appointment of a Special Envoy on Youth Employment will bolster UN efforts to address persistently high levels of youth joblessness worldwide.

That hope has been expressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who made the announcement on Friday during an address at the University of Calgary in Canada.

Dianne Penn reports.

The new envoy is former Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann.

The UN Secretary-General noted that his appointment comes as 73 million young people worldwide are out of work.

Mr Ban cited data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) which estimates that 475 million jobs will need to be created over the next decade to address this issue.

Young people's contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution will also be the focus of a forthcoming UN report.

The Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security will be prepared by an advisory group of international experts whose members were also announced on Friday by the UN Secretary-General.

It will be headed by Graeme Simpson, a veteran specialist on peacebuilding, conflict and violence from South Africa.

The 21 members include nine young people and 12 women.

The findings and recommendations from the study will be presented to the UN Security Council in December 2017.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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