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World Youth Skills Day: Fighting child labour in Cambodia

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has joined forces with the Cambodian Government using the power of education to help end child labour, during the economic slump brought on by COVID-19.

Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most productive inland fishing waters in the world due to flooding and monsoons, and fisheries are the backbone of Cambodia’s economy, with more than half of its fish production coming from the Lake.

Men unload sacks of onions from a truck in Bamako, Mali, a landlocked developing country. Their lack of direct access to the vital trade links often result in landlocked countries paying high transport and transit costs.
World Bank/Dominic Chavez

The virus that shut down the world: Economic meltdown

With millions forced to work from home this year, offices and shops closing as part of containment measures, and travel severely curtailed everywhere, it was inevitable that the economy would suffer. In part five of our look back at 2020, we focus on the seismic effect that COVID-19 has had on the global economy.

Children in a pre-primary class at Tahouak School in Lao PDR eat nutritious food during their lunch break. (14 March 2019)
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Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violations against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment.

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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.