75 million youth worldwide are currently unemployed and more than 150 million young people are living on less than $1.25 a day. The ILO has warned that this situation risks creating a “lost generation” and is a threat to social cohesion.
For this reason, youth employment was one of the main themes of the annual International Labour Conference in June, and the ILO wants to hear young people and reflect their ideas and experience in the debate.
In the run-up to the annual Conference, the ILO has consulted young people from Beirut to Bangkok, from Lima to Lusaka. The national and regional consultations culminated in a major Youth Forum in Geneva in May, with some one hundred young people from employers’, workers’ and youth organizations from across the world taking part.