Reviewing responses to global job crisis

Expert Group Meeting on “The Challenge of Building Employment for a Sustainable Recovery” will take place in Geneva on 23-24 June

The meeting aims at providing input to the work of the Commission and at informing ongoing national and international debates on the challenge of building productive employment. It also aims to send a strong message on the importance of promoting job-rich growth to reduce poverty and maintain social cohesion.

It is organized by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and will bring together specialists to undertake a review of responses to the global jobs crisis in different countries and regions of the world. It will also consider concrete policies and strategies to create productive, decent employment during the recovery.

The meeting has two main objectives:

  • To undertake a review of national and international responses to the global jobs crisis, identifying best practices in preserving existing jobs and in generating new, decent jobs, and discussing lessons learned;
  • To consider strategies, at the national and international levels, to create productive employment during the recovery as a central strategy for poverty eradication and social integration, so as to assist Member States to adopt policies consistent with the Global Jobs Pact.

For more information, please visit: http://social.un.org/index/ExpertGroupMeetingsPanelDiscussions.aspx

Youth briefings on ICT and education

Two new youth sessions will take place in New York in June highlighting information and communication technology and education

The International Year of Youth briefing events continue to bring attention to different youth issues in the lead up to the High Level Conference on Youth to be held on 25-26 July at UN Headquarters in New York.

DESA’s Programme on Youth has two new sessions in the pipeline for June, where one will highlight information and communication technology and the other education.

The Sessions are aimed at Member States, NGOs (with ECOSOC and/or DPI status), and staff members of the UN system. The Sessions will bring together panelists and audience to discuss the most important issues concerning youth in the context of the International Year.

For more information on the briefing sessions: http://social.un.org/youthyear/briefings.html

International Year of Youth Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/UNyouthyear

Sport as a tool for development

The role of sports in development and its importance for people with disabilities will be highlighted at a panel discussion on “Sport as a tool for development: using sport to foster the inclusion and well-being of persons with disabilities” at UN Headquarters in New York on 27 June

The unique ability of sports to transcend linguistic, cultural and social barriers makes it an excellent platform for strategies of inclusion and adaptation. Furthermore, the universal popularity of sport and its physical, social and economic development benefits make it an ideal tool for fostering the inclusion and well-being of persons with disabilities.

Sport can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disability because it can transform community attitudes about persons with disabilities by highlighting their skills and reducing the tendency to see the disability instead of the person. Through sport, persons without disabilities interact with persons with disabilities in a positive context forcing them to reshape assumptions about what persons with disabilities can and cannot do.

Sport changes the person with disability in an equally profound way by empowering persons with disabilities to realize their full potential and advocate for changes in society. Through sport, persons with disabilities acquire vital social skills, develop independence, and become empowered to act as agents of change. Sport teaches individuals how to communicate effectively as well as the significance of teamwork and cooperation and respect for others. Sport is also well-suited to reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping persons with disabilities to become physically and mentally stronger.

For more information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1563

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