Generation Unlimited launched in Ethiopia

Generation Unlimited launched in Ethiopia

Generation Unlimited (GenU), a global multi-sector partnership to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 24, on an unprecedented scale, was launched in Ethiopia.

Speaking at the launching event, Dr. Catherine Sozi, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, said, “The United Nations’ commitment to young people - Youth 2030 - is aimed at building a new, equal partnership with young people everywhere. Gen-U is part of this commitment. It is a multi-sector partnership to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 24, on an unprecedented scale.”

Of today’s 1.8 billion youth, 200 million secondary school-aged young people are not in school and 267 million aged 15-24 are not in employment, education or training (NEET). Meanwhile, over three quarters of the 429 million employed youth have jobs in the informal sector. If current trends continue in low-income countries, only 8 per cent of young people will achieve a minimum level of secondary skills compared to 70 per cent in high-income countries.

It is estimated that around two million young Ethiopians enter the labour market every year in hope and with aspirations for a better life. The Jobs Creation Commission also estimates that 14 million jobs are needed to absorb the new labour market entrants between 2020 and 2025.

“To effectively and successfully remove the barriers for young people to attain learning outcomes and complete formal education, gain relevant skills and transition successfully to the labor market, many players have to get their part right,” said Dr. Sozi.

The Jobs Creation Commission hosts the Generation Unlimited as the government host agency in Ethiopia.

UN entities involved in this initiative
ILO
International Labor Organization
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund