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Under Secretary Maria Otero to Deliver Keynote Address at the Launch of the Youth Livelihoods Alliance: Creating Economic Opportunities for Young People

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 1, 2012


On Tuesday, October 2, the United States Department of State will host the launch of the “Youth Livelihoods Alliance.” Led by the International Youth Foundation, this multi-stakeholder initiative aims to help address the global youth unemployment crisis. The Department of State is the first government agency to join the Alliance, which brings together leaders in government, business, and civil society to develop practical and innovative solutions to this global challenge.

The Youth Livelihoods Alliance has three core commitments: promoting the goal to hire young people, developing their skills, and creating jobs through entrepreneurship. As a member, the Department will use its convening power to raise awareness of the issue of youth unemployment and to encourage more effective partnerships among the public and private sectors to turn the youth bulge into the youth dividend. Other members include Hilton Worldwide, Microsoft, MasterCard Worldwide, Caterpillar, Manpower, Laureate International Universities, and the Multilateral Investment Fund of the InterAmerican Development Bank.

This event will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Maria Otero, will deliver the keynote address at 9:15. Panelists and speakers will include President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation, William Reese, the Secretary’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues, Zeenat Rahman, and representatives from founding member organizations.

For updates on the Youth Livelihoods Alliance, follow Twitter hash tags #jobs4youth and #GlobalYouth. For more information on the Office of Global Youth Issues, please visit or

The event will be open to the press. Pre set for camera crews: 8:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Final access time for writers and still photographers: 8:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Menaka Nayyar at or (202) 647-4107, or the Press Office at (202) 647-2492.

PRN: 2012/1570

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