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					The UN Secretary-General’s
Youth Employment


   United Nations        World Bank
   International Labour Organization
The Youth Employment Network
What is it?
  Joint initiative (UN SG, WB President, ILO DG)
  to urgently address
  the world’s major challenge
  of youth unemployment/underemployment

  To give young people everywhere a real
  chance to find decent and productive work
Youth Unemployment/Underemployment
               – the problem
     66 million unemployed youth
     Numbers growing
      especially in developing world
     No prospects, no hope
     Perpetuates widespread poverty
     Frustration & hostility  conflict
       A global time-bomb
         Youth Employment
         – the opportunity

   Break the poverty cycle
   Dissipate conflict
    by closing the gap
   Harness productive capacity
    of best educated & trained generation ever
   Create new markets
    by raising living standards

 Solution is in the global interest
 Response of Heads of State
     and Government
Resolved to
 develop and implement strategies
 that give young people everywhere
 a real chance to find decent and
 productive work
ILO, UN & World Bank will assist
How is the Network organized?
    Political level: UN SG, WB President, ILO DG
     High-level panel: 12 eminent persons
    Technical level: private sector, civil society,
     youth representatives
    Sectretariat (UN, WB, ILO)
    ILO takes the lead in organizing the work
     of the Network
    What has the Network
        done so far?

   Formulated policy
   Disseminated ‘good practice’
   Launched collaborative
    youth employment initiatives
    The Network’s Policy
Recommendations are Based on
   A new approach that views youth
    as an asset, not a problem
   A new political commitment
    by Heads of State and Government
    to finding decent and productive work
    for young people everywhere
   A new partnership that engages
    the whole international community
    in addressing the truly global problem
    of youth unemployment
Highlights of the Recommendations

   Calls for Heads of State and Government
    to develop national action plans for a
    decent work strategy for young people

   Sets priorities for national action plans:
     Employability

     Equal   opportunities
     Entrepreneurship

     Employment    creation
Highlights of the Recommendations …

    Encourages 10 countries to
     champion this process (by immediately
     starting to prepare their national action plans)

    Requests UN, WB & ILO to provide
     guidance and technical suport
What the Network will do next

     National Action Plans        –
      starting with 10 countries
     Model projects – to see what
      works best
     Indicators – to track changes
      in youth employment
Next steps: Approach
   Global strategies
   National Action Plans
   Draw on all key players
   Learn from pilot projects
   Share best practices
Next steps: Approach …
     Strengthen national capacity
     Support local initiatives
     Monitor progress
     Share lessons learned
   Sustainable solution
           Role of ILO in YEN
   Technical Programme
    • Support for National Action Plans
      (policy, model projects, capacity building, etc.)
    • Develop indicators & monitor progress

   Host the Secretariat
    • Encourage Governments to implement
    • Service, coordinate, advocate

   Raise funds for the Network
    from governments, corporations, foundations
Current ILO Activities

    Knowlegde building
    Technical services
    Advovacy
Current ILO Activities … details
     Education & skills
         Qualification frameworks
         Career guidance
         Life-long learning
     Job creation
         Micro-finance
       Youth   entrepreneurship
       Employment    intensive programs
Current ILO Activities … details …
    Gender equality promotion
        Equal opportunity policies
        Life-skills training for young women
    Crisis response
        Integration of ex-combatants & refugees
    Policy analysis & statistics
        School-to-work transition
      Youth   employment indicators

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