UN agencies launch initiative to boost youth employment

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A young Jordanian who completed classroom and on-the-job training through UNDPs vocational programme, and now works for LG Company in Amman. Photo: Alessandra Blasi/UNDP

Although young people are transforming their societies and driving solutions for inclusive and economic growth, millions still face the challenge of finding decent work.

That's according to five UN agencies which have launched a campaign to boost youth employment.

More than 70 million young people worldwide are jobless, according to UN estimates.

And even though more than 150 million are working, they live in poverty.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth aims to scale up action on youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.

It was launched on Tuesday, the first observance of Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises International Day.

The campaign focuses on ways to address what the UN agencies see as obstacles that block young entrepreneurs.

These include limited access to capital and insufficient support for skills development.

Emphasis also will be placed on networks and peer-to-peer support, as well as access to information and technology.

The campaign runs from June through August.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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