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      Young people and women hit hard by jobs crisis

      The COVID-19 crisis is having a greater impact on some workers than others. Young people and women are among those at greatest risk of joblessness and poverty. They generally have less secure, unskilled jobs and are highly represented among workers in industries most affected by the crisis, such as tourism and restaurants.

      Actions for a common future

      Ideas from OECD's Generation Y and Z

      The OECD launched a call for its staff from Generations Y and Z to voice their ideas on how countries can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and chart an inclusive and resilient recovery. Discover the 10 most innovative ones, capturing the younger generations' priorities for a better future.

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      Consider social and environmental impacts

      The social economy provides us with a credible mechanism to drive socially and environmentally responsible practices across the board, playing a repairing role in alleviating the crisis and transforming economic activity in an inclusive and sustainable way.

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      Ensure a sustainable recovery

      Cleaner air quality, healthier water, effective waste management, and enhanced biodiversity protection not only reduce our vulnerability to pandemics and improve resilience, but have the potential to boost economic activity, generate income, create jobs, and reduce inequalities.

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      Enhance equal access to opportunities for all

      To do this, we need to tackle the inequalities that existed well before this pandemic and are now getting worse. Governments have many levers to make this happen. G20 Governments need to keep acting boldly to make sure that the recovery benefits everyone.

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      Deliver on climate commitments

      In a post-COVID world, governments have a unique chance for a green and inclusive recovery that they must seize. Otherwise future generations will be responsible not only for repaying the massive debt that is now being built up, but also for shouldering the burden of dealing with future crises.

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      Build better global food systems

      COVID-19 is an opportunity to roll back the most distorting and wasteful forms of policy support, releasing scarce financial resources for investments in open and predictable markets and productive, sustainable, and resilient food systems.

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      Focus on education

      Addressing Europe's reskilling challenge
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      Interpersonal skills to navigate the job market
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      Influence of education and skills on health
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      Recommendations for tackling the infodemic
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      Compared to general programmes, vocational education and training (VET) programmes suffer a double disadvantage as social distancing requirements and the closure of enterprises have made practical and workbased learning that are so crucial for the success of vocational education difficult or impossible.

      Yet, this sector plays a central role in ensuring the alignment between education and work, the successful transition of students into the labour market, and for employment and the economic recovery more generally. Not least, many of the professions that formed the backbone of economic and social life during the lockdown hinge on vocational qualifications.

      Many students may not be receiving traditional ceremonies due to COVID-19 and are transitioning to professional careers at a time of great uncertainty and economic upheaval.

      The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) held an online commencement ceremony to celebrate and recognise the accomplishments of the graduating classes of 2020/2021, especially those within the nuclear science field.