The Future of Work: Digital Skills and Decent Jobs for Youth

The multi-stakeholder dialogue, The Future of Work: Digital Skills and Decent Jobs for Youth, convened as part of the SDG Action Zone at the UNGA High-Level week, will bring together youth representatives, Microsoft Philanthropies and the ILO to discuss how new technologies can enable an economic recovery that boosts youth employment in support of the realization of the SDGs.

 Rapid technological advances are transforming the world of work, bringing both opportunities and challenges. As “digital natives”, young people tend to be early adopters of new technologies. Strengthening their skills for the future of work and matching their creativity and innovation with technology-based solutions will pave the road to a pro-employment COVID-19 recovery. This session will:
  • Draw out key approaches to equip young people with digital skills and life skills that are in high demand in COVID-19 labour markets;
  • Explore how to accelerate the adoption of new technologies in public employment services to improve delivery and outreach and promote efficiency so enable transition to decent jobs;
  • Share insights into technology-based solutions that can help young people advance or continue their education enabling them to acquire financial, entrepreneurial and digital literacy skills.


  • Naria Santa Lucia, Senior Director of Digital Skills and Employability, Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Sukti Dasgupta, Chief, Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch, ILO
  • Victoria Alonsoperez, UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Rares Man, Global Vice President, Marketing, AIESEC
  • Lëmnec Tiller, CEO and co-founder of Fundación Wayuuda