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Covid-19 demonstrates urgency to invest in youth

Covid-19 demonstrates urgency to invest in youth

Geneva, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) The serious crisis due to Covid-19 shows that investment in young people has never been more urgent, said ILO Deputy Director Martha Newton today on the occasion of International Youth Day 2021.
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In a message for the date, the official of the International Labor Organization (ILO) called on the international community to recognize and celebrate the leadership, creativity and resilience of young people around the world.

The Covid-19 crisis has severely affected global labor markets, especially girls and boys above other groups, so the proportion of those without jobs or training increased in many countries and has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels in most cases, Newton said.

In a video transmitted to the world, he highlighted that this population sector is at the center of the ILO’s mandates, and of the UN global initiative in line with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, through which more than 80 partners between governments , youth and academic organizations, foundations and the private sector helps more than 33 million young people, with an investment of over 650 million dollars.

On International Youth Day 2021 she reiterated the need to join the global Initiative on Decent Work for Youth, in order to ensure a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

Worldwide, almost 68 million young women and men are looking for work, more than 123 million are employed, but live in poverty, while around a fifth of those who do not have a job, study or receive training, the so-called NEETs.

The ILO assures that the challenge of youth employment is enormous, but it is not insurmountable, given the vision of a world in which they can obtain a fair income from an occupation in conditions of safety, dignity and equality.

On August 12, the International Youth Day has been celebrated since 1999, promoted by the United Nations to ensure the participation of young people in all areas of society, and to solve the challenges they face every day.

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