High-level launch event

Launch of the engagement platform of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

The event brings together partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and other key youth employment actors to celebrate the launch of the online engagement platform, to present the Quality Apprenticeships Toolkit and to learn more about the ongoing work and opportunities for collaboration.

Background

Launched in 2016 with the endorsement of the executive heads of the United Nations, the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth has evolved as the overarching and inclusive platform under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to scale up action and impact on youth employment.

On 29 November 2017, partners of Decent Jobs for Youth will jointly launch the engagement platform – www.decentjobsforyouth.org.

The engagement platform will provide an open space for partners who subscribe to the strategy and guiding principles of Decent Jobs for Youth to join and engage with others, creating real change for young people across the globe. In particular, the platform will catalyse youth employment partnerships and strengthen coherence with a view to scaling up existing efforts and increasing impact.

The platform is centred on the commitments of partners to promote decent jobs for youth. A commitment is a pledge to take action and include ongoing and upcoming initiatives, projects and programmes operating at local, country, regional or global level. All partners commit to align their work with the strategy and guiding principles of Decent Jobs for Youth.

As the global initiative on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda, all commitments are recognized as direct contributions to the United Nations Partnerships for SDGs and linked to its follow-up mechanisms, in particular to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The launch of the engagement platform will serve as an opportunity to present the new ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships. The toolkit provides state of the art information and guidance for the design and implementation of quality apprenticeship schemes across different contexts.

Objective

The event brings together partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and other key youth employment actors to celebrate the launch of the online engagement platform, to present the Quality Apprenticeships Toolkit and to learn more about the ongoing work and opportunities for collaboration.

Participation

The launch will be presided by the ILO Director-General, Mr. Guy Ryder, and attended by high level representatives from UN partner organizations and multiple stakeholders from governments, social partners, youth and civil society, private sector and beyond. Invitees are kindly requested to confirm participation before 24 November 2017 by responding to decentjobsforyouth@ilo.org

Time and Venue

The event will start at 10h30 in Room XI at the International Labour Office in Geneva. Address: 4 route des Morillons, Geneva, Switzerland