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Post-2015 Global Agenda: Employment and Perspectives for the Youth

Author: Prof. Dr. Horst Koehler
Organisation: German Government
Publish Date: January 2013
Country: Global
Sector: Economic
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Employment
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Employment, Youth unemployment, Employment generation, Inclusive growth, Private sector, Good governance, Sustainable growth

The enormous demographic challenges facing African and South-East-Asian countries are unique in mankind: Over the next 20 years more than 800 million people will additionally join the global labour force. If their demands for jobs remain unfulfilled, large parts of the world might be faced with persistent violence and social unrest. Given that employment is also closely related to many global concerns such as poverty reduction, equity, social coherence, gender equality and personal security in fragile states, it is argued that employment with a focus on youth should be addressed as a prominent issue within the Post-2015 Global Agenda. Although the nature of the employment challenge differs from country to country, some policy essentials seem equally be relevant to all countries. Firstly, it is argued that structural transformation policies aiming at inclusive and environmentally sustainable patterns of growth are key to job creation.
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