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Young people take centre stage at ILO’s global consultations on youth employment

Against the backdrop of record levels of youth unemployment, the ILO has undertaken a series of consultations, bringing together hundreds of young people to discuss the alarming jobs crisis. The consultations come ahead of a major Youth Employment Forum taking place at the ILO in Geneva on 23-25 May.

News | 10 May 2012

Geneva (ILO News) – Against the backdrop of record levels of youth unemployment, the ILO has undertaken a series of consultations with young people around the world. Events were held in over 45 countries bringing together hundreds of young people to discuss the alarming jobs crisis.

From Addis Ababa to Ankara, young people voiced their views and shared experiences on the challenges of finding decent and stable employment. Participants from youth organizations, employer and worker groups engaged with policy makers and ILO experts to discuss ways to address the growing youth jobs crisis.

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The consultations come ahead of a major Youth Employment Forum taking place at the ILO in Geneva on 23-25 May.

“We have seen Arab youth’s aspirations for more freedom, decent jobs, equality and social justice” said Ms. Nada Al Nashif, Director of the ILO Regional Office for Arab States, at the national event in Beirut. “Their demands are shared by most Arab people”.

A youth in Bangladesh said that young people with school education were facing problems entering the job market due to a lack in access to information related to jobs and training.

In Georgia, the participants agreed that there was an urgent need to increase the capacity of public employment services in order to effectively address the issue of youth employment.

Youth in Zambia highlighted limited access to finance, technology and markets, which contributes to young women and men being underemployed in the country.

In India, the head of the Jawarharlal Nehru University Student’s Union called on the government to review policies in order to tackle the challenges facing youth, including the dominance of low paid and precarious work and the lack of decent jobs.

At the consultation in Peru, it was pointed out that the youth unemployment rate was almost three times higher than adults.

Over one hundred young men and women who are active in the promotion of decent work for youth will participate at the Youth Employment Forum later this month in Geneva. In June, Governments, workers and employers will convene at the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference to discuss the youth employment crisis and recommend a way forward. 

  What are young people saying?

Young people from around the world have been engaging in the youth jobs crisis debate that is happening on the ILO’s social media platforms: “What About Young People?” www.facebook.com/youth.ilo and www.twitter.com/ilo

For more information, contact the ILO Programme on Youth Employment at youth@ilo.org, or the ILO Department of Communication and Public Information on +4122/799-7912, or at communication@ilo.org.

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