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The One Young World Summit saw youth unemployment tabled for the first time, with young leaders from around the world seeking unique solutions to the problem.

AN insightful session on youth unemployment on 4 October, day three of the One Young World summit, highlighted that despite the vast majority (80% of attendees) believing the number of unemployed young people in their country will not fall in the next 12 months, even more (91%) believe it is possible to solve the problem.

Almost a quarter of the planet's youth are neither working nor studying.

Youthful solutions to unemployment

Youth unemployment is a high priority for the One Young World community, which overwhelmingly elected to have the topic on the summit agenda for the first time. The summit is being held in Johannesburg from 2-5 October 2013.

The delegation, James Eder (UK), Adelard Kakunze (Burundi), Jeremy Lamri (France), Rukayat Olamide (Nigeria), Efehan Danisman (Turkey) and Yiwen Wu (China), looked at youth creating their own employment opportunities.

Danisman said, "73 million young people will be unemployed this year," while Kakunze added that "Burundi is among 15 countries with the highest unemployment rate in the world.

"It is about being proactive and about taking responsibility for your contribution in the world," said Eder.

According to Johannesburg executive mayor, Mpho Parks Tau, "It is important that the youth work together with their leaders to find solutions to the challenges of youth unemployment, and the One Young World Summit 2013 presents an ideal platform for this exchange of ideas to happen."

Addressing sustainability

In the area of sustainability, delegate Mandisa Dlamini is a young leader who strives for change. A passionate South African, Dlamini's job entails providing financial solutions for farmers, giving insight on current agricultural trends, and recommending the correct products to ensure successful farming businesses.
Dlamini says her work allows her to have a direct impact on people's lives by addressing food security, a pressing basic need.

One Young World

One Young World was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. This London-based charity gathers together youth from across the globe in an attempt to establish lasting relationships to drive positive change. It stages an annual summit where the young delegates, backed by the One Young World Counsellors, debate and formulate solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. One Young World aims to drive change and development in the area of sustainability and brings together young people to be the leaders of the future.