YMCA to address UN on youth employment

Date: 02 February 2012

The 50th session of the Commission for Social Development will be convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2012, and will address the priority theme of “Poverty eradication.” The panel discussion on the session’s emerging issues, “Youth: poverty and unemployment,” will take place on Monday, 6 February from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm (New York Time) and will focus on social and economic policies to foster decent work opportunities for young people.
The young leader from the YMCA in Uruguay, Ines van de Kerchove will represent youth organizations during a  special panel together with Mr. László Andor: European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission  and – Mr. David Blanchflower: Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, USA.
Ines works in one of the employment programmes of the YMCA in Uruguay as coordinator and her participation in the panel was possible through the YMCA relations with ICMYO  – International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations, a network that gathers 28 International Youth Organizations and Youth Regional Platforms and the UN Focal Point on Youth.

About Inés van de KerchoveInês, 30 years old, has studied higher education at the Psychology Faculty of Universidad de la República, Montevideo Uruguay. She has also attended specialized courses in the area of Work and Organizational Psychology.
From 2005 Inés is a member of the YMCA of Uruguay, working with management and development of public policies addressed to improve the employment possibilities of young people with difficulties to reach a successful labor integration.

She works with training and work skills formation. Moreover she is responsible for the relationship between the corporate sector and the governmental departments managing these programmes. From 2010, she coordinates sheltered employment programmes aimed at young people and adults in socially vulnerable situations.