By Rajneesh Bhandari
As I am reporting the ILO’s first ever Youth Employment Forum at their headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland, the statistics released on youth unemployment is quite shocking. The reported titled “Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012” was released this week and it gives a very alarming picture that every youth should think and prepare about.
The report provides a clear picture on the trend of youth unemployment from 1991 to 2012. The report says 12.7 percent of people aged 15 to 24 are unemployed. Last year 12.6 percent of young people were unemployed and in 2007 the rate of youths unemployed was recorded at 11.6 percent. Figures from North Africa shows that a whopping 27.9 percent of youths remained unemployed last year. 26.5 percent of youths were unemployed in the Middle East, 17.6 percent in central and South-Eastern Europe, 14.3 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, 11.5 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 13.5 percent in south-east Asia and the Pacific.
Another shocking information that the report predicts which is that the youth employment rate will remain at the same high level for the coming four years.
ILO says, youth employment also poses a threat to political stability and social cohesion. To cope with the crisis ILO suggests that governments in the world should create more jobs. Not only more but better education and training is needed for the purpose. The report also suggest promotion of youth entrepreneurship, making youth employment a priority, promoting economic diversification, linking education and training to the world of work among others to foster youth employment.
I am among the five young journalists selected from across the globe to cover the YE Forum. I am actually digging out stories from the youth participants of Asia and some unique stories. And trying to learn and share how every youth in the world could get decent work.
If you want to take part in the discussion how could youth employment be improved you can take part on twitter using #YEF.
Featuring the voices of young people, this video asks what are the challenges to achieving social justice for young people in 2012? It includes young peoples’ messages to the international community for World Day of Social Justice on February 20 and asks you for yours. You can add your voice by leaving a comment or submitting a video response in the window below. For more information about the International Labour Organization (ILO) and social justice, visit http://www.ilo.org/socialjustice . To get involved with the youth employment issue go to What About Young People.
The ILO is holding events in 45 countries around the world throughout March to hear young people’s views on the alarming youth employment situation.
75 million youth worldwide are currently unemployed and more than 150 million young people are living on less than $1.25 a day. The ILO has warned that this situation risks creating a “lost generation” and is a threat to social cohesion.
For this reason, youth employment will be the main theme of the annual International Labour Conference in June, and the ILO wants to hear young people and reflect their ideas and experience in the debate.
In the run-up to the annual Conference, the ILO is consulting young people from Beirut to Bangkok, from Lima to Lusaka, during March’s “Youth Employment Month”. The national consultations will culminate in a major Youth Forum in Geneva in May, with some one hundred young people from employers’, workers’ and youth organizations from across the world taking part. The key issues discussed at the Forum will be presented at the Conference which brings together representatives from governments, employers and workers.
The conversation has already started on social media networks where young people from across the world are sharing their views on the ILO’s Facebook and Twitter platforms:www.twitter.com/ilonews. A young person in Sweden says that for years, youth has been overlooked by people in power. And a Facebook member in India believes that “creating opportunities for youth to start and sustain their own enterprises is a way of eliminating unemployment”.
From youth entrepreneurships to school-to-work transitions, a wide range of issues are being discussed on the community page entitled “What About Young People?”:www.facebook.com/youth.ilo.