juillet, 2020

16juil9:00 amSkills Development amid COVID-19: Have Your SayRemote



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In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. The 2020 topic is Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.

World Youth Skills Day 2020 will take place in a challenging context. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development.

Prior to the current crisis, young people aged 15-24 were three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and often faced a prolonged school-to-work transition period. In COVID-19 affected societies, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.

Rising youth unemployment has become one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world. Data in May 2020 for G7 countries are Canada 29.7 per cent; USA 20.7 per cent; Italy 23.5 per cent; France 21.2 per cent; UK 11.8 per cent; Germany 5.4 per cent and Japan 3.8 per cent. Youth unemployment in the European Union is of concern as well. For example, in Spain is 32.9 per cent, Luxemburg 26.1 per cent, Finland 25.2 per cent; and Croatia 16.4 per cent.

The private sector is a key actor in the discussion. Young people are more willing to work for companies that care and support the Sustainable Development Goals, the Women’s Empowerment Principles, respect gender equality and have a reach diversity and inclusion policy. Committed companies lead by example, showcasing their commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Community leadership and engagement can take many forms. Companies can leverage influence, alone or in partnership, to advocate for gender equality and collaborate with business partners, suppliers, and community leaders to promote inclusion.

The event will showcase the public and private sectors’ roles in facilitating young employees or prospective employees’ access to the skills required in the job market and in the digital economy. The panelists will speak about practical policies, practices, and services that governments or companies could develop, implement and practice to increase youth employment and engagement policies.


Opening remarks:

Ana Guallarte, Programme Manager for the Foreign Policy Instrument of the European Union (EU) at the EU Mission in Canada

Panel discussion:

Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, Director, Digital Leadership Institute

Deloris Wilson, Founder/Principal, Axl and iCON

Lu Zhang, Founder & Managing Partner, Fusion Fund

Pip Gardner, LGBTQI+ leader and activist; UN Women’s Beijing+25 Youth Task Force Member

Moderated by:

Diana Rusu, Policy Specialist, Innovation and Knowledge Management for Women’s Economic Empowerment, WE EMPOWER – G7 Programme, UN Women



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