17 October - PITTSBURGH - Young people across the world are feeling let down by attempts to alleviate the youth employment crisis, a YouGov survey has revealed.

The international survey, commissioned to support the work of One Young World, which is hosting its annual summit of global youth leaders in Pittsburgh this week, has found that 8 out of 10 young people think the issue of youth unemployment is being insufficiently addressed in their country.

This week’s third annual One Young World summit will see 1,300 delegates from 182 countries gather to address problems including youth employment, with a focus on how young leaders can take a proactive approach to achieve real change in their communities.

Plenary sessions will engage with issues including literacy, human rights, and state corruption, with an emphasis on producing pledges that ensure the momentum of the summit is translated into positive action on a local and international level.

The YouGov survey interviewed 6269 people between the ages of 20-29, two-thirds of whom admitted their concern that it will take them years to find their ideal job.

Respondents were split on how best to address youth unemployment; while 40% backed state intervention, a combined 54% thought entrepreneurialism or private business was best placed to provide new jobs. Only 6% felt the issue did not need to be addressed.

According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation, almost 75 million of the world’s 15-24 year olds, or 12.6%, are unemployed.

One Young World is hosting its annual summit in Pittsburgh this week, from 18-22 October. Delegates will be guided and advised by Counsellors, who this year include Sir Bob Geldolf, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and Imran Khan, the Pakistani politician and former cricket captain. Delegates will also hear a keynote address from President Bill Clinton.

Interviews for the YouGov survey were undertaken in 12 countries, including the UK, USA, China, Brazil and Russia, during August 2012.

David Jones, Global CEO of Havas and co-founder of One Young World, commented:
“The revelation that a generation of young people no longer trusts governments to safeguard their future highlights the role One Young World has to play in harnessing the power of youth leadership to engage with pressing global problems.
“The summit in Pittsburgh is an opportunity to address the youth unemployment crisis, and deploy the ideas, ambition and determination of One Young World delegates to achieve real change in each of the 182 nations represented.”

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About One Young World

One Young World is a charity that stages an annual Summit, gathering together the brightest young people from around the world.  At the 2012 Summit young leaders from 190 countries will share their vision, views and ideas to create practical and achievable commitments for positive change.

Unlike any other event, One Young World Summit gives delegates the kind of media platform afforded ordinarily only to those who lead countries and corporations.  Delegates speak alongside global figures who this year include former US President Bill Clinton, Bob Geldof KBE, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Jamie Oliver, Pete Cashmore, Fatima Bhutto and Arianna Huffington (among many others).

The seven areas of focus for the 2012 Summit are:

•       Education
•       Global Business
•       Health
•       Human Rights
•       Leadership & Governance
•       Sustainable Development
•       Transparency & Integrity

Following the Summit, One Young World Ambassadors will deliver positive outcomes in these areas in their countries and communities and, using the lasting connections One Young World enables them to maintain, on a global scale. 

Founded by David Jones, Global CEO of Havas, and Kate Robertson, UK Group Chairman, Havas Worldwide, the annual One Young World Summit is a unique event that offers international decision makers powerful insight into where our world may be heading and

One Young World Summit 2012 will be held in Pittsburgh, USA, from 18-22 October.
One Young World Summit 2011 was held in Zurich, Switzerland from 1-4 September.

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