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OECD Youth Week 2021: Prepared for the future?

Join us from 20-24 September for OECD Youth Week 2021! This series of engaging discussions will highlight the urgent need to invest in young people as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. During the crisis, the hours worked by young people fell by more than 26%. 1.5 billion students were locked out of their schools. And in most countries, the incidence of mental health issues among the young doubled or more.

During this series of events, we will debate the challenges they face in the world of work, learning, and civic engagement and how we can work with them towards a brighter future. No matter how old you are, this is a chance to have your say and interact with experts working on issues impacting young people.

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OECD Youthwise: our new Youth Advisory Board

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how we live, learn and work, profoundly affecting our physical and mental health, our social lives and economies. The impact on young people has been especially hard.

In 2021, we are renewing our OECD Youth Action Plan in order to place young people’s concerns at the centre of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Together, we can build a transformative recovery, making our economies and societies more resilient, more green and more inclusive. 

Now is the time to reflect deeply on the future we want after the crisis. What should our post-COVID world look like? At the OECD, our mission is to help develop better policies for better lives and we need young peoples’ perspective and ideas to help us do this.

Stand by Youth

To help today’s youth get through this crisis and prepare for the post-COVID world businesses of all sizes must rally round. Supporting the youth represents an opportunity – perhaps the best opportunity – that any business has to bounce back better and be fit for the post-COVID world.

The Stand By Youth Initiative aims to support and encourage businesses to help youth through the crisis and beyond by raising awareness, sharing best practice, and hosting events to connect and build a broader coalition of like-minded businesses.

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Actions for a common future

Engage and consult young people

There is no time more apt than now for world leaders and multilateral institutions to re-examine their approach to youth policy and include young leaders at the table. If we do not collectively address and incorporate youth voices in our formula for a post-COVID world, we run the risk of a lost and forgotten generation of talent and minds.

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Ideas from OECD's Generation Y and Z

The OECD launched a call for its staff from Generations Y and Z to voice their ideas on how countries can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and chart an inclusive and resilient recovery. Discover the 10 most innovative ones, capturing the younger generations' priorities for a better future.

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Consider social and environmental impacts

The social economy provides us with a credible mechanism to drive socially and environmentally responsible practices across the board, playing a repairing role in alleviating the crisis and transforming economic activity in an inclusive and sustainable way.

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Ensure a sustainable recovery

Cleaner air quality, healthier water, effective waste management, and enhanced biodiversity protection not only reduce our vulnerability to pandemics and improve resilience, but have the potential to boost economic activity, generate income, create jobs, and reduce inequalities.

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Enhance equal access to opportunities for all

To do this, we need to tackle the inequalities that existed well before this pandemic and are now getting worse. Governments have many levers to make this happen. G20 Governments need to keep acting boldly to make sure that the recovery benefits everyone.

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Deliver on climate commitments

In a post-COVID world, governments have a unique chance for a green and inclusive recovery that they must seize. Otherwise future generations will be responsible not only for repaying the massive debt that is now being built up, but also for shouldering the burden of dealing with future crises.

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Build better global food systems

COVID-19 is an opportunity to roll back the most distorting and wasteful forms of policy support, releasing scarce financial resources for investments in open and predictable markets and productive, sustainable, and resilient food systems.

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Focus on education

Addressing Europe's reskilling challenge
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Interpersonal skills to navigate the job market
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Influence of education and skills on health
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Recommendations for tackling the infodemic
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