The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive, and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, health, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration.
Globally, one in five young people are NEET: Not in Employment, Education or Training. Three out of four of young NEETs are women and sadly enough the World Youth Skills Day 2020 is taking place in a challenging context as the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development.
"On this World Population Day, let us act to safeguard sexual and reproductive health care, protect the health and rights of women and girls, and end gender-based violence. The pandemic has made our jobs much harder, but we must prevail." UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The COVID-19 crisis has taken a staggering toll on people, communities, and economies everywhere but not everyone is affected equally. Women, who account for the largest share of front-line health workers, for example, are disproportionately exposed to the coronavirus. The pandemic is hitting marginalised communities particularly hard and deepening inequalities.