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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

World Youth Skills Day 2016, July 15

2016年的主題:“技能發展, 提高青年就業..”

 Statement by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Youth Skills Day 2016, July 15th.

Today’s world has the largest generation of youth in history. Their needs and potential are increasingly recognized in the international community. I am proud to have made youth issues a priority, including by appointing the first-ever Youth Envoy to serve as a liaison between the United Nations and the world’s young people.
This elevation on the global agenda comes at a critical time. Young people hold the key to society’s future advancement, yet too often they face barriers to their personal progress. More than 73 million are unemployed, making youth three times more likely than adults to be out of work.
The turmoil prevailing in many societies today adds to the urgency of addressing youth unemployment. Too many youth in developing countries are trapped into working poverty stemming from the irregularity of jobs. They toil without formal employment or social protection. Jobs creation is not keeping up with new entrants to the labour market. Young people are understandably searching for the financial security, personal satisfaction and sense of purpose that come from meaningful employment. Leaders have pledged to assist them in this effort.
The visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for substantially increasing the number of youth with the skills they need for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. Empowering young people through skills development strengthens their capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, including poverty, injustice and violent conflict. There is no better investment than helping a young person to develop their abilities. Successful skills programmes link young people with opportunities to gain experience and jobs. It is especially critical to cultivate girls and young women with skills in science, technology and innovation. 
The United Nations Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is bringing together the UN system, governments, businesses, academic institutions, youth organizations and other partners to scale up action and impact in this area. On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General


Forum : World Youth Skills Day -15 July
 Join  #WYSD conversations on Twitter.

World Youth Skills Day (15 July) serves as an opportunity to highlight the importance of youth skills development. The UNCCD and its partners recognize and support projects and initiatives that seek to equip young people with tools and resources that will develop their capacity in sustainable land management (SLM). This will enable them to obtain decent work in a sustainable low carbon world and help to address global challenges in particular, poverty eradication and the issue of migration. Seeing the opportunities generated from sustainable land management and land restorations activities and the needs to engage young people in green sectors actively, the secretariat organizes an E-Forum Discussion “Empowering Youth through Green Jobs” aiming to promote and engage youth participation in green industries.

Date and Time: 15 July 2016                 
 14:00 CET (UTC+2)
Venue: Live Google+ Hangout
Target Group: Youth global and public interested in green sector
Topics of Discussion:

- What are the needs of youth? How do they relate to SLM and green sector?
- Why green jobs for youth?
- Green job and green entrepreneurship opportunities?
- Which skills are needed for green jobs?
- What are the available resources for youth to access this sector? 

E- Forum "Empowering Youth through Green Jobs" Panelists:

° Young expert in green entrepreneurship: Dr. Jin Hooi Chan
°Young expert in sustainable land management: Mr. Maximillian Abouleish-Boes
° Young expert in accessing grants and funding for green jobs: Ms. Jelena Petrov
° Young expert in mobilizing and empowering youth in agriculture sector: Ms. Zrinka Dermit
° Young expert in mobilizing youth –African perspective: Mr. Abraham Nida
° Expert in Capacity Building and Market Resources: Dr. Richard Byran-Cox
° Moderator: Ms. Louise Baker

Language: English

We invite all participants to send questions related to green jobs in UN Languages i.e. English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic and Russian  to before 8 July 2016.

Are Traditional Teaching Methods Right for Today's Students?

Launch of the World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement
The UN World Youth Report, prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, explores young people's participation in economic, political and community life, responding to growing interest in, and an increased policy focus on, youth civic engagement in recent years among Governments, young people and researchers.

The Report provides thematic insights on economic, political and community engagement, coupled with expert opinion pieces so as to provide robust and varied perspectives into youth engagement.

Events : World Skills Day Events around the World.

Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment
This year the United Nations is observing the international day with a special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.” Understanding what works to support young people in today’s and tomorrow’s labor market through training and skills development will be key to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, and will be at the center of this high-level event.

The event will be facilitated by the UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and will feature opening remarks from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The event is co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, UNESCO, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Mogens Lykketoft (General Assembly President) on Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment (15 Jul 2016).

 Remarks by H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly, at the event untitled: Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment (on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day).

International Labour Organization (ILO) on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day announced an innovative internship programme.

Speakers: Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General of the ILO on Field Operations and Partnerships, Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, Innovations, GE; and Deb Elam, President, GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer, GE

 Official Event Programme.

 The 2016 World Youth Skills Day event will also be streamed LIVE on UN Web TV, starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT:

Event Facilitator: Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s UN Youth Envoy.

° H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly.
° H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
° H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça e Moura, United Nations Mission to Portugal
° Message of the Secretary-General, Presented by Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi
° Mr. Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General, Field Operations and Partnerships, International Labour Organization
° Mr. Jorge Sequeira, Director, Oficina Regional de Educación de la UNESCO para América Latina y el Caribe, UNESCO
° Ms. Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, Business Innovations, GE
° Ms. Annisa Triyanti, Representative, UN Major Group for Children and Youth.


° Senator Dr. the Hon. Esther Byer Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development – Ministry of Labour (Barbados)
 ° Mr. Wellington Chibebe, Deputy General-Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
° Mr. Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Global Foundation for Management Education and Dean, IE Business School
° Mr. Ronald Bruder, Founder and Chair of the Board, Education For Employment(EFE)
° Mr. William S. Reese, President and CEO, The International Youth Foundation(IYF)
° Ms. Kelli Wells, Executive Director, Education, Ge Foundation
° Ms. Melissa Garcia Velez, Fellow, Immigrant Justice Corps





WYSD is now officially recognized by the United Nations, and WorldSkills will join the organizations of the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, to raise awareness of the importance of acquiring skills as a means to address the challenges of unemployment and under employment, and as a way to achieve better socio-economic conditions for all youth

WorldSkills has started a campaign called #SkillsRuleTheWorld, asking supporters to show how they develop and use their skills

UNESCO-UNEVOC World Youth Skills Day 2016: "Looking ahead: Inspiring and Empowering Youth through Skills Development"
15 July 2016
Bonn, Germany

World Youth Skills Day 2016 will coincide with the launching of the newly adopted UNESCO Strategy for TVET (2016-2021). The Strategy will guide UNESCO’s activities with regard to TVET and has some important implications for youth skills development. The Strategy has three priority areas:
  • fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • promoting equity and gender equality
  • facilitating transition to green economies and sustainable societies
At the United Nations in Bonn, The live webcast on World Youth Skills Day 2016 will be available in English and French on 15 July, all times below are CEST/GMT+2 (Bonn, Germany).

09:00 - Opening programme
09:30-11:00 - Transforming TVET for sustainable development
11:30-12:30 – Leveraging youth engagement in TVET
12:30-13:00 – Launching of TVET Strategy



Community Plumbing Challenge
9-15 July 2016
Diepsloot, South Africa


TVET Conference
15 July 2016
Lusaka, Zambia

Try-a-Skill and Career Exploration Carnival
11-15 July 2016
Multiple locations across Zambia


Mini Skills Competition
15 July 2016


WorldSkills Singapore National Competition
7-9 July 2016
Closing Ceremony
15 July 2016


Journey & Future of Skill Development
15-17 July 2016
New Delhi, India

19 - 29 September 2016
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Australia National Skills Week 2016
From August 29th to 4th September, 2016
Box Hill Institute

1 to 7th October, 2016
Join us in October for the 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly in beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The GA is the global platform for structured meetings around skilled trades and technology strategic planning. For the first time, this event will be co-hosted by two countries, led by SkillsUSA and Skills/Compétences Canada.

The World Employment and Social Outlook is the ILO’s flagship report on world of Work issues. Exploring the inter-connected nature of macroeconomic policies on the one hand, and employment and social outcomes on the other, it analyses which policy combinations are most effective in delivering high Employment and balanced Incomes. The publication also provides readers with the most up-to-date global as well as regional Labour market and social indicators.
World Employment and Social Outlook Trends for 2016 - Interactive charts and maps
Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. While education , social, and labour market policies have key roles to play, co-ordination between public policies and the private sector is also crucial. The publication, which builds on the results of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) presented in the first edition of the Skills Outlook, also presents examples of successful policies in selected countries.

OECD Centre for Skills
REPORT: Developing the Creative Thinking and Innovative potential of young people through Nonformal learning in ways that are relevant to employability. European Commission

Creative and Innovative Potential

Resources :

 United Nations resolution on WYSD
 UNESCO-UNEVOC Youth and Skills
Coding Bootcamps: A strategy for Youth employment. ITU

Infographics :

Top 5 reasons students like e-textbook
How can educator give the right course materials at a price they can afford?
More students want etextbooks than you may think.
Global Youth Well-being Rankings


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