High Level Committee on Programmes retreat on Decent Jobs for Youth Initiative

In October 2014, at its twenty-eighth session, the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) discussed decent jobs for youth – along with the urban agenda – as an issue deserving the Committee’s priority attention and selected it as a prototype platform for applying the five key elements of the post-2015 agenda identified by United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) and supporting “fit-for purpose” efforts by mobilizing UN system capacity and operationalizing the establishment of issue-based partnerships. The Task Team is a time-bound inter-Agency mechanism under the HLCP. It is established to develop a Joint UN initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and to support the Committee in responding to issues of strategic concern to the UN system.

Taking advantage of the 29th CEB HLCP meeting held in the ILO on 11 and 12 March and attendance of the core team members of the HLCP Initiative on DJ4Y, a retreat was organized in order to bring the most innovative/creative ideas and modalities participating agencies may want to adapt for the Global Initiative. One of the outputs of the retreat is a draft strategy to be submitted to the HLPC for discussion. The strategy would transcend each individual agency’s experience and areas of work and focus on the elements and issues that are commonly assessed as a gap and where the core team would excel by working in cooperation.


Final Agenda


  1. Global Partnership for Education Overview, UNICEF
  2. Promoting decent jobs for youth in rural areas and connected funding mechanisms, FAO
  3. Enterprise creation and growth, sustainable solutions for youth employment, UNIDO
  4. Zambia UN Youth SWAP 2015, ILO 
  5. The Youth Employment Inventory: A Multi-agency Global Knowledge Repository, ILO 
  6. Knowledge Management Platforms – Use and Relevance Moving Forward, UNDP
  7. Pooling human and financial resources for joint programming on youth employment: Lessons form the YEM, ILO
  8. Key questions for discussion and work assignment, ILO