The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is holding a global conversation with scholars, educators, researchers and students to discuss priorities for the future, obstacles to achieving them, and the role of global academic cooperation in addressing global issues. Please see below the details of the next webinar in the UNAI Digital Dialogue Series:


Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021 (within the framework of the World Youth Skills Day)

Time: 10am to 11:30am [New York time]

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Objective: This webinar will examine the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people, particularly on employment opportunities and students' perceptions of their future career prospects, in addition to reviewing best practices, challenges and potential solutions as well as the role of institutions of higher education in addressing this situation.


  • Ms. Tess Westbrook, Representative of the United Nations Academic Impact

Confirmed guest speakers:

  • Mr. Sher Singh Verick, Head of the Employment Strategies Unit in the Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch at the International Labour Organization - ILO
  • Ms. Namita Datta, Coalition Manager of the Solutions for Youth Employment initiative at The World Bank
  • Mr. Muhammad Shah, Director of National Incubation Centre - Quetta at the Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences (Pakistan) / UNAI SDG Hub for Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Ms. Azita Berar, Founder of the Global Network of Policy Research on Youth Transitions, Chair of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Policy, and Director, Policy, Global Labour Organization
  • Dr. Nader Kabbani, Director of Research at the Brookings Data Center and Author of the Policy Brief "Youth Employment in the Middle East and North Africa: Revisiting and Reframing the Challenge"
  • Dr. Golo Henseke, Research Officer and Principal Investigator of the project "COVID-19 - Youth Economic Activity and Health Monitor" at the Institute of Education, University College London (United Kingdom)