Organized by the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations
and the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations
Youth integration for sustainable development
Thursday, 1 February 2018 1.15-2.30 pm – Conference Room 7
United Nations Headquarters New York, NY
Moderator Renata Kaczmarska Social Affairs Officer, SIB/DSPD Department of Economic and Social Affairs UN Focal Point on the Family
Welcoming Remarks Mario Armella World President of the International Federation for Family Development
Opening Remarks H. E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations
Speaker Bernhard Riederer Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, VID/OEAW, WU)
Vienna Institute of Demography /Austrian Academy of Sciences
Good practices Reaching Remote Areas Obadias Ndaba
Jimbere Fund (United States) Founder and CEO Youth Center - Bakery School Fabio Lupo
Associaçăo do Abrigo Nossa Senhora Rainha da Paz (Brazil) Vicepresident
IFFD Family Awards Ceremony Conclusion Nagycsaládosok Országos Egyesülete (Hungary) Laudatio by Mr. Mario Armella and Words of Appreciation by Ms. Katalyn Kardosné Gyurkó, President
Doha International Family Institute (Qatar) Laudatio by Mr. Mario Armella, Presentation by H. E. Ambassador Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani,
and Words of Appreciation by Ms. Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director
Statements Lord Pomperada (Philippines) World Youth Alliance, President
Enemona Emmanuel Adaji (Nigeria) Liter of Light, President
Kristina Sperkova (Sweden) IOGT International, President
Closing Remarks H. E. Ambassador Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations
The IFFD Briefing has been held at the UN Headquarters in New York for the past six years during the Session of the Commission for Social Development. The IFFD Family Awards are also presented during the event to the persons or entities distinguished by the promotion of family values during the past year. This programme is subject to change without prior notice.
It is becoming increasingly common for young people older than 18 years old to remain at home, supported at least partially by their parents payroll, particularly while they are completing their studies. In fact, never have so many members of younger generations been so dependent on their parents and grandparents for so long.
The inability to find employment creates a sense of uselessness and idleness among young people that can lead to increased crime, mental health problems, violence, conflicts and drug taking. As education, poverty and psychological bonds are dynamic phenomena with strong intergenerational effects, failure to act now jeopardizes the social integration of future generations.
In this regard, getting a job is the first step into social integration and poverty eradication, but there is also an increasing number of young people, often in emerging and developing countries, who live in poverty despite having a job. That is why, a decent job is a necessary requirement and a key strategy for youth integration and poverty eradication, not only by itself, but as a starting point for being able to found a family and contribute to social development in a sustainable way.