World Youth Skills Day 2016

PRESS INVITE: 15 July 2016

UNESCO to highlight vocational education for youth skills development in the era of sustainable development

Dear representatives of the media,

UNESCO would like to invite you to join us in celebrating World Youth Skills Day on 15 July, following last year’s first global observation.  

Why? The day raises awareness about the importance of youth skills development as a means to address youth un- and underemployment, amongst others. 73.4 million (13.1%) young people were estimated to be unemployed globally in 2015, and this figure is expected to increase in most regions by 2017 (ILO). One reason for youth unemployment is structural unemployment, a mismatch between the skills that workers in the economy can offer and the skills demanded of workers by employers.

To mark the occasion, UNESCO’s International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) based at UN Bonn will host a high-level event to discuss the role of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in addressing youth unemployment by, for example, promoting entrepreneurial skills and innovative solutions that can contribute to countries’ transitions to green and sustainable societies and economies as put forward by the recent Paris Agreement adopted following COP21.

To stress the role of TVET as an enabler of change, UNESCO will also be launching on this day its Strategy for TVET for the period 2016-2021.The Strategy will guide UNESCO’s support to its Member States and contribute to the attainment of goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, such as Goal 4 - “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.


15 July 2016 (all day event open to media with a dedicated press meeting, see below)


UN Campus, Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus (AAH), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, D-53113 Bonn (directions)

Who? A number of high-level representatives, e.g. delegations from UNESCO Member States, bilateral and international organizations active in the field of TVET, social partners and academic institutions from Germany (approx. 100 participants in total).

Press meeting, 11 – 11:30 am


Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO International Centre for TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Mr Borhene Chakroun, Chief of Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, UNESCO
Mr David Atchoarena, Director of Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO
Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF

Photo opportunities There will be opportunities to take photos throughout the event as it is all day open to media.
Agenda Download
Press release An official press release, including photos will be published post event.

2-Step-Accreditation (compulsory)

1 Prior accreditation

is open until 13 July cob. Please e-mail your name and media to

2 On-site registration

Friday, 15 July, 10.30-10.45 am. Access to the venue (location map) will only be granted upon presentation of your valid identity and press card (with photo). Furthermore you will pass a security scan.

We kindly invite you to report on World Youth Skills Day and UNESCO’s work on youth skills development through UNESCO’s Strategy for TVET (2016-2021)!

Common Information Unit