The United Nations Winter Youth Assembly was held in New York, USA, on February 11& 12 2015. The theme, Bridging the Gap Between Youth Employment and Global Development, catalyzed a number of interesting panel and group discussions.
Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged
The emphasis on youth creating their own entrepreneurial opportunities was a key point raised throughout the two-day session which brought together more than 500 UN youth delegates from all over the world.
“It’s time to invent jobs, not just seek jobs; to write business plans, not just CVs. It is time to create structural and permanent ways to engage,” said UN Youth Envoy, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi – a timely quote which was echoed in CYFI Youth Coordinator Kimberly De Rose’s workshop on Youth Shaping the Future of Finance as CYFI strives to battle the rising youth unemployment rates faced today by countries all over the world.
Youth Inclusion a Priority
The importance of youth voice, inclusion and empowerment was reinforced throughout the assembly, particularly in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CYFI would like to help ensure that the voices of youth are heard in relation to the various targets related to economic citizenship, which will be finalized in September of this year.
For more information on the UN Youth Winter Assembly please visit their website.