Promoting youth employment is a development priority
The report and the website developed by UNDP were unveiled by H.E. Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tsempo, Minister of Labour and Human Resources, Royal Government of Bhutan, and by Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.
“Given our young demographic profile with over 45 per cent of the population below the age of 24 years we are faced with a critical situation necessitating creation of adequate education, training and employment opportunities in order to gain a rewarding demographic dividend.”He added the UNDP’s MAF report is timely as it will contribute to Bhutan’s goal of achieving full employment.
In his remarks Mr. Xu said the MAF report is important as it identifies bottlenecks and provides a set of targeted actions and innovative solutions to accelerate progress on the employment front.
“It links education -- formal, non-formal and vocational programmes -- to available jobs, and to needs of industries such as marketing, fashion, textile, tourism and hospitality,” he said.
“It also looks at the important role the private sector can play in generating employment, promoting entrepreneurship, the development of micro, small and medium enterprises, by further easing the process of setting up businesses.”
The Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, has also underscored the importance of finding jobs for youth. Bhutan’s government has committed to full youth employment by 2018, the end of its 11th Five Year Plan.
The MAF report will also help accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are a set of eight goals that include a commitment to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty, tackle dreaded disease and strive for gender equality. The goals have targets that are to be met by the end of 2015.
Uniting for Youth Bhutan website will highlight UN programmes for youth and the opportunities that young people can access. It will also provide a space for young people to bring fresh thoughts and ideas to various aspects of development.
UNDP supports participation of youth in various aspects of decision making processes. It engages a broad spectrum of civil society, such as the media, NGOs and academia. UNDP has been also supporting the establishment of a new think tank based in the Royal University of Bhutan. It will have a network of development thinkers and practitioners to research development issues and share with them with the general public in pursuit of more inclusive governance.
About the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge turned into the eight Millennium Development Goals. They are the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions. In Bhutan, UNDP support is in the areas of poverty reduction, environment and disaster management, governance, education and health. Support entails providing policy advice and capacity building for pro-poor growth; targeted and integrated poverty reduction initiatives; integration of environment and disaster risk reduction into national and local development planning and programming processes; complementing national effort on good governance and goals on education and health.
About the Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Framework (MAF)
The MAF is designed to provide a systematic way for countries to develop their own action plan based on existing plans and processes to pursue their MDG priorities. It helps governments to focus on disparities and inequalities, two of the major causes of uneven progress, by particularly responding to the needs of the vulnerable. The MAF offers a systematic way to identify bottlenecks to those MDGs that are lagging behind in specific countries, as well as prioritized solutions. It is expected to build upon existing country knowledge and experiences, as well as policy and planning processes, and to help the development of country-level partnerships, with mutual accountability of all partners, towards the efforts needed to reach the MDGs by 2015.
For further information please contact:
Mr. Jigme Dorji
United Nations Development Programme – 322424
Ms. Sonam Tsoki Tenzin
United Nations Development Programme - 322424