The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is grateful for the many contributions received to the 11 October-7 November 2011 e-discussion on youth employment from young people and representatives of youth-led organizations around the world, who enabled each other as well as viewers of the e-discussion to learn from their views and experiences. The Department wishes to convey special thanks to Ms. Sarah Huxley, who ably led the moderation of the e-discussion, prepared material for the present report, and provided significant overall support to the development of the World Youth Report 2011. The Department also appreciates the efforts of the following distinguished weekly moderators of the e-discussion: Mr. Sergio Andrés Iriarte Quezada, International Labour Organization (Week 1); Ms. Maria Cavatore, Plan International (Week 2); Professor Julian D. May, Ms. Kathleen Diga and the team at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the United Nations Academic Impact hub on poverty (Week 3); and Mr. Luis David Sena, Youth Delegate of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations (Week 4).
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to thank several resource volunteers who provided valuable support throughout the e-discussion: Mr. Nikola Panduric; Mr. Saji Prelis; Ms. Kirthi Jayakumar; Mr. Marcelo Renjel; Ms. Steffi Jochim; Mr. Amadou Moctar Diallo; Ms. Lara Kaplan; Ms. Hira Hafeez; and Mr. Eddie Ombagi. The Department would like to further recognize the following participants for their commitment in contributing to the e-discussion: Seabe, age 23, from Botswana; Yasmyn, age 24, from Guadeloupe; Loubna, age 23, from Morocco; and Ayshah, age 26, from Kenya. The Department is additionally grateful to the following participants for sharing their case studies: Yasmyn, age 24, from Guadeloupe; Emad, age 28, from Egypt; Hira, age 23, from Pakistan; Enass, age 25, from Jordan; and Loubna, age 23, from Morocco.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs appreciates the support provided by the United Nations Academic Impact to the e-discussion on youth employment. The Department also extends special thanks to Ms. Monique Coleman, United Nations Youth Champion, and Mr. Ronan Farrow, Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues to the United States Secretary of State, for engaging with young people on youth employment issues via Twitter as special features of the e-discussion.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs wishes to thank the following for their photo contributions: Mr. Adrian Fisk, of the iSpeak Global project, and 7 Billion Actions, a global movement for all humanity led by the United Nations Population Fund; Ms. Mia Collis; the International Labour Organization; the United Nations Development Programme; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and several young participants in the e-discussion, including Lara, Maria, Michael, Nikola, Shahbaz, Ayshah, Nady, Abhimanyu, Amadou, Carolina, Efehi, Kirthi, and Nduta.