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Skills for sustainable growth through networking

UNESCO-UNEVOC is organizing a workshop on skills for sustainable growth through networking at this year’s Global Media Forum

“The Future of Growth – Economic Values and the Media" is the topic of this year’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum from 17 to 19 June 2013 at the World Conference Centre in Bonn.

This year’s Forum also marks the 60th anniversary of the Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcasting service. Among prominent speakers are Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Klaus Töpfer and the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. The event annually attracts over 2000 journalists, policy makers and experts around a different topic every year. In 2012, UNECO-UNEVOC had participated by hosting a workshop on “Is Green development a contradiction or an opportunity?” The Skills Perspective.

The Future of Growth

The debate at the Forum will circulate around the concept of energy turnaround, green economies, social justice and environmental responsibility. In light of a more sustainable climate protection, a goal of economic viability and prosperity has been set.

Sustainable economic development and the role of growth are to be discussed as the main aims in the context of today’s socio-political issues. The Deutsche Welle Global Forum makes an effort to provide a setting to develop interdisciplinary approaches to building a sustainable economy. In that context the media will be investigated as a versatile tool to spotlight problems that rise and to initiate necessary action to be taken.

UNEVOC session on Monday 17 June 2013, 14-15.30h

Session title: Skills for sustainable growth through networking

The 2012 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report on Youth and Skills estimates that every dollar spent on educating a young person will bring back between 10 and 15 dollars in economic growth during that person’s working life as an adult. Investments in education are thus investments in progress and sustainable future growth. Conversely, low-quality education and training come with a high cost: mismatches between young graduates’ skills and labour-market demands translate into high youth unemployment. These can cause social unrest, as uprisings in the Arab States have shown.

Quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) can be an effective tool to tackle global unemployment, especially for youth, and ensure sustainable growth. Along with some of its Network members and partners, UNESCO-UNEVOC will discuss the issue of youth skills for sustainable growth from different perspectives with specific projects among the members of its Network. The workshop will give some examples of successful cooperation that has taken place across the globe to improve the possibilities for young people to successfully transition from education to employment.

Building on last year’s intervention of UNESCO-UNEVOC at the Global Media Forum, the following questions will guide the discussion:

  • What skills do young people need to thrive in the workplace?
  • How can young workers be sensitized to issues of sustainability at the workplace?
  • What are the skills needed to ensure sustainable growth?
  • What are examples of successful international cooperation in this regard?

The workshop will be moderated by Eckart Lilienthal,Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


“Skills for sustainable growth through networking” - Workshop



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