World Youth Report 2011. Youth Employment: Youth Perspectives on the Pursuit of Decent Work in Changing Times

The present report is largely based on an e-discussion with young people and representatives of youth-led organizations on the transition from schools and training institutions into the world of work. The online consultation, intended to contribute directly to this report, took place from 11 October to 7 November 2011 using the IntenseDebate commenting platform on the website of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Participants were requested to share their own views, experiences and recommendations on preparing for, entering, and remaining active in the labour force. Throughout each week, one broad theme was explored − corresponding to a chapter of the present report − from a social lens and through diverse perspectives. UNDESA invited the participation of young people aged 15 to 30 − taking into account both the United Nations Secretariat’s definition of youth and many local cultural contexts and understandings − as well as representatives of youth-led organizations, although the e-discussion was accessible to all. The e-discussion was conducted mainly in the English language, but participants were also invited to post comments in the French and Spanish languages. Many posts were translated on a volunteer basis, and Google Translate was also made available on the platform. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) additionally welcomed contributions in the form of postings, votes and uploads of photos, videos and other resources related to the theme of youth employment onto the United Nations International Year of Youth Facebook page as well as messages (tweets) to the Twitter account of the United Nations Focal Point on Youth. The World Youth Report is a biennially recurring publication of the United Nations.