Youth & COVID-19 Session at the Youth at Heart Forum
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a systematic, deep and disproportionate impact on young people. It has been particularly hard on young women, younger youth and youth in lower-income countries.
This session during the Youth at Heart Forum organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreig Affairs will feature an interactive conversation with young people about solutions, including youth-led, to the challenges posed by COVID-19 on themselves and their peers.
The Netherlands is increasingly putting youth at the heart of its development policies, investing in education and youth employment. They aim to work on improving prospects for young people through a distinctive approach that bridges the gap between the skills young people learn and what the labour market demands.
The Netherlands believes action is important and has therefore set up the Youth at Heart virtual forum, which will take place on 2 November. Together with partners, stakeholders and young people, we will be hosting many different discussions and workshops in which youth plays a central role.
During the forum, ILO and the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth will be hosting a session on Youth & COVID-19. This session will feature an interactive conversation with young people about solutions, including youth-led, to the challenges posed by COVID-19 on themselves and their peers. In the 'road to' this session, ILO PROSPECTS will be hosting consultations with young refugees and forcibly displaced young people in Uganda, Kenya and Lebanon that will serve as inputs to the main session.
Ambassador Tijmen Rooseboom, Dutch Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work
Ms. Rabiya Anwer, young representative from Employers’ Federation of Pakistan
Ms. Jane Njoki Muthoni, Chair, ITUC-Africa Youth Committee
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