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Youth Roundtable of the Expert Group Meeting on Creating Strategies for Youth Employment in African Cities

Nairobi, Kenya / 21-25 June 2004

Outcomes and Recommendations

Summary of Preliminary Outcomes:

The Youth Roundtable to the Nairobi Expert Group Meeting (EGM) successfully held sessions that tackled some key issues regarding urban youth employment and prepared contributions to the EGM. Through collective discussions, youth representatives shared common problems and explored practical strategies to solving the pervasive problem of youth unemployment in their cities.

The Youth Roundtable acknowledged their role and responsibilities to work in greater cooperation with other stakeholders in order to develop effective urban youth employment strategies. Members of the Youth Roundtable will continue to advocate their critical role in developing effective policy solutions at all levels for youth employment using some of the tools explored during the Roundtable sessions. This includes recent UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/58/133, particularly those paragraphs relevant to the Youth Employment Network and the National Action Plan process; the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, the World Youth Report (2003); and the “Making Commitments Matter” Toolkit. The Youth Roundtable also met to review UN-HABITAT’s Youth Strategy for Enhanced Youth Engagement”.

Overall, the work of the Youth Roundtable served to strengthen commitments among African youth to work together on youth employment as a central development issue and a key to addressing the Millennium Development Goals including Poverty Reduction, in partnership with governments and multilateral institutions.

Youth Roundtable Recommendations:

The Youth Roundtable to the Nairobi EGM recommends that youth policies and programmes seeking to effectively address youth employment in cities must:

1. Create entry-level positions and opportunities for youth to gain the critical experience required to secure decent jobs in the formal economy:

  • Skills training and jobs creation programmes need to be linked directly to labour market demands and mechanisms. This must be coupled with an on-going analysis of market/socio- economic trends both locally and otherwise.

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