Ban Ki-moon Calls for Sustainable Industrial Development, Jobs for Young People

Ban Ki-moon Calls for Sustainable Industrial Development, Jobs for Young People

by The Daily Eye Team November 5 2014, 7:14 pm Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 0 secs

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday outlined a four-point plan aimed at achieving sustainable industrial development, which includes generating mor e jobs for young people.

“First, an economic transition… The agricultural sector can generate jobs in light manufacturing industries like food processing. Those industries can be labor intensive, leading to more jobs. More jobs and higher employment mean greater social inclusion. I understand that partners working in Ethiopia and Senegal have agreed here to provide support to farmers and food processors. This will mean better nutrition for people and nations that are more resilient to food crises,” Ban Ki-moon said during a forum of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Ban’s second point was “jobs for young people. The world now has the largest-ever number of young people in history. They are full of energy and ideas – but nearly 75 million young people face unemployment. Without hope for decent work, they are vulnerable to extremist ideologies, drugs and crime. But with the right opportunities, these young people can make great contributions for sustainable development. They can pioneer new industries that create even more jobs in the future.”

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