New York: Young people around the world are deeply concerned about the lack of job opportunities and are calling for an increased investment in this sector, a UN report said on Tuesday.
According to the latest World Youth Report, issued today by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), young people are worried about the quality and relevance of their education.
Other subjects of concern include job vulnerability, labour migration, delayed marriage, urban-rural divide, age, gender and racial discrimination, the UN report showed.
Opportunities offered by green jobs, new technologies and entrepreneurship contribute to providing hope to young people, who also underline the need to be proactive and keep a positive outlook in order to find decent jobs, the report said.
In the aftermath of the economic crisis, the global youth unemployment rate saw its largest annual increase on record in 2009, resulting in around 75.8 million unemployed youth, the report said.
"Today we have the largest generation of young people the world has ever known," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said while commenting on the report and added that these young people are "demanding their rights and a greater voice in economic and political life."
"We need to pull the UN system together like never before to support a new social contract of job-rich economic growth. Let us start with young people," he said.
The inputs for the report titled, Youth Employment: Youth Perspectives on the Pursuit of Decent Work in Changing Times, were gathered from young people around the world through an extensive online consultation, a UN statement said.
In order to collect data for the report, young people and representatives of youth-led organisations were invited to share through digital and social media platforms their views, experiences and recommendations on preparing for, entering and remaining active in the workforce.
A total of approximately 1,100 contributions which included photos and videos were received from young people around the world during the four-week consultation period.
Participants also had the opportunity to interact online with UN Youth Champion Monique Coleman, and the Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues to the United States Secretary of State, Ronan Farrow, about their own experience, the statement added.