UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth

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Youth still struggling to be heard by governments and private sector

With half of the world’s population under 25 years old, it is crucial that young people have a say in global trade and development issues.

That message comes from the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Ahmad Alhendawi is in Nairobi, Kenya, where he participated in the first-ever youth forum being held alongside the latest conference of the UN’s trade and development body, UNCTAD.

He spoke to Assumpta Massoi about key concerns for young people, particularly those in Africa.

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Skills training key to tackling youth unemployment

Young people are nearly three times more likely to be jobless than adults, according to data from the United Nations.

Improving education and training to help the world’s estimated 73 million unemployed youth enter the workforce is the goal of World Youth Skills Day observed on 15 July.

Basma Baghall has been speaking to the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi.