Media Advisory

World Leaders to Discuss Ways to Harness Potential of Young People

28 May 2015
Author: UNFPA

UNITED NATIONS, New York — A High-Level Event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment, to be held at the United Nations on 1 June 2015, will raise awareness of the urgent need to empower, educate and employ the world’s young people in order to realize a demographic dividend – the economic benefits that can arise when a population has a relatively large proportion of working-age people. During the event, policymakers, business leaders and representatives of civil society and youth groups will explore strategies and best-practices to unleash the power of the world’s 1.8 billion young people, to support their development and the realization of their full potential.

The one-day event is being convened by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, with the support of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the International Labour Organization.

WHAT:                             The Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment

WHERE:                          Trusteeship Council, United Nations

WHEN:                             Monday, 1 June 2015

9 – 9:30 a.m.                    Opening Session (scheduled speakers)

John Dramani Mahama,  President of Ghana
Sam Kahamba Kutesa,  President of the General Assembly
Ban Ki-moon,  United Nations Secretary-General

9:30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.     High-level Plenary    

3  – 4:20 p.m.     High-level Interactive Panel 1
Theme:     How to harness the Demographic Dividend
Moderator:     Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director

4:20 – 5:40 p.m.     High-level Interactive Panel 2
Theme:     What policies and measures are needed to create opportunities for youth employment?
Moderator:     Charles Dan, ILO Special Representative on Youth and Social Inclusion

5:45 – 6 p.m.     Closing Session

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, will be the guest at the Daily Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and will be available for interviews.

For more information, please contact:
Omar Gharzeddine, +1 212 297 5028; Cell: +1 917 815 7823;
Eddie Wright, +1 212 297 2717; Cell: +1 917 831 2074;