World leaders urged to improve on youths’ growth, jobs

By Justina Asishana, Egypt


UNITED Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Director-General Li Yong, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres and President of Egypt AbdelFattah El-Sisi have urged world leaders to scale up improvement on youths’ growth and employment.

According to them, with more than half of the world’s population under the age of 30, the rate of unemployment has continued to rise steadily.

Speaking at the opening of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Yong said the unemployment rate has risen from 9.3 per cent in 1991 to 12.8 percent in 2018.

“Global Youth unemployment rate risen steadily from 1999 to 2018 from 9.3 percent to 12.8 percent,” the UNIDO Director-General said.

He argued that when young people participate and are included in the economic and democratic process, the processes would be sustainable.

Yong urged governments to focus on technology and manufacturing, adding that manufacturing is one of the…

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