Today is International Youth Day, a good time to pause and reflect on the state of the world’s youth and how the high level of global youth unemployment has become a critical development issue. And also, on how we are capable of working together – governments, civil society and the private sector – to help youth gain the skills and assets they need to gain access to changing labour markets and to make informed work and life choices.
Since 1990, the global community has remained committed to providing primary education to all children. At least in writing. Despite significant gains over the past 25 years, a new UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) report released this week indicates that the number of children and young people out of school is increasing.