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The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, addressed the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit on Wednesday, October 7th, and called on those present to stop the blame game of youth unemployment. The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit was attended by over 140 presenters from 40 countries that shared their expertise across 50 different sessions and focused on increasing the impact, scale, and sustainability of youth economic opportunity programming.  The summit also brought together over 460+ key decision makers from 70 countries.

The discussions focused on the various challenges youth are facing in employment.  The youth unemployment rate is 13,1% which is 3 times the adult unemployment rate in 2015,  according to International Labour Organization’s report.

Delivering the keynote address, Alhendawi joined the conversation, “We can’t blame youth for the lack of coordination among policy makers on youth employment. ” Alhendawi also emphasized that creating effective conversations at policy level is crucial to youth employment.

The Envoy reaffirmed the United Nations’ support for the important work of the youth employment to create more opportunities for youth.

To learn more information about the summit, check out Global Youth Economic Opportunities’ website at: http://www.youtheosummit.org/

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