Okt 142007

Pressemitteilung des Europäischen Jugendforums: Brüssel, 11.10.2007

The United Nations General Assembly is invited to adopt a resolution on ‘Youth in the Global Economy’. The resolution has been put forward by the United Kingdom; for its part, the European Youth Forum (YFJ) is assisting its Member Organisations on site in strengthening its content.

‘It is crucial that the role of Youth Organisations is acknowledged by the UN General Assembly, and particularly, in this resolution,’ highlights Bettina Schwarzmayr, President of the European Youth Forum. This resolution relates to the UN’s ‘World Programme of Action for Youth’, and the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly is looking at the Programme’s goals in order to measure the progress achieved in involving youth in the global economy.

On 9 October the Youth Employment Network (YEN) launched ‘Joining Forces with Young People: A Practical Guide to Collaboration for Youth Employment’. This publication tackles the cooperation between youth organisations and governments to ensure that strategies to foster youth employment are addressed. ‘Youth employment is key to combating poverty and promoting development and YEN’s guide shows the added value that cooperation between youth organisations can bring in this field,’ adds Schwarzmayr. At the guide’s launch event, alongside the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank, the European Youth Forum presented its advocacy work on the Lisbon Strategy and the European Youth Pact.

In many European countries, the youth unemployment rate is twice as high as the average unemployment rate. At the UN General Assembly, both the EU Portuguese Presidency and the European Youth Forum are emphasising the importance of implementing the Lisbon Strategy and the European Youth Pact in order to lower this gap and to ensure decent work for all.

Thirteen European Youth Delegates are representing their countries at the UN General Assembly, and most have been recruited through National Youth Councils (Member Organisations of the YFJ). Alongside international organisations with Consultative Status at the UN’s Economic and Social Committee, such as the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, Pax Romana and the YFJ, these representatives are working on strengthening the youth work carried out by the United Nations.

Background information:

* Across the planet, 66 million young people between 15 and 24 years of age are unemployed.
* Youth Organisations can participate in the UN General Assembly only if they have Consultative Status at the UN’s Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC).
* European countries with Youth Delegates at the 62nd session of the UNGA: Slovakia, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania.