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Youth Employment Forum

What about young people?

Videos from the Forum
A global Youth Employment Forum was held at ILO headquarters in Geneva from the 23rd to 25th of May 2012. The Forum served as a space to incorporate the voices of youth into the discussion on the current youth employment crisis; for young people from all over the world to come together, discuss their experiences relating to the youth employment challenge and share their knowledge and expertise.

Full programme


  1. The youth employment crisis: A call for action

    At its 101st International Labour Conference in June 2012, the ILO adopted a Resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis.

  2. Defeat jobs crisis, “improve economy”: Voices from the Youth Employment Forum

    Young people from around the world took part in the Youth Employment Forum at the ILO in Geneva, sharing their experiences. Read what they had to say on the crisis and the Forum.

Video Contest

  1. From Canada

    Produced by: Rana Sowdaey

  2. From Colombia

    Produced by: Fair Guzman

  3. From the Philippines

    produced by: Gian Carlo Miranda, Alfonso Orioste Jr. and Janeca Naboya

National consultations

The ILO declared March 2012 as Youth Employment Month in order to highlight the importance of youth involvement in addressing the youth employment crisis. 42 national and 4 regional consultations were organized for young people throughout the world with the purpose of capturing a worldwide snapshot of youth employment realities and gathering synergies across countries and regions.
Read the reports

Good Practices

In conjunction with the Youth Employment Forum, the ILO Youth Employment Programme called for good practices on youth employment in order to create a   database of good practices that have proven effective in promoting decent work for young people and to create a community of experts on the topic. The    five    selected good practices initiative, one from each region, were invited to present their practice at the Youth Employment Forum.
Results - youthPRACS
  • If you do not hire in the first place, how can we get that required work experience?

    Radtasiri Wachirapanganont - Thailand
  • There is urgency about the topic, a desperation for many, because employment is a life or death issue

    Samuel Diaz - Colombia
  • Get young people to the table is essential to improve youth empowerment and to help young people to find jobs

    Liam Preston - United Kingdom
  • This Forum has been a real opportunity for the youth of the world to meet up because we have the same vision and same aspirations

    Drissa Soare - Burkina Faso
  • My message to young people is to take action, not just to go and look for work, but also to create work

    Valerie Lorena - Mexico