News, articles and events on youth employment

March 2012

  1. ILO holds global consultation of young people on youth jobs crisis

    02 March 2012

    The ILO is holding events in 46 countries around the world throughout March and April to hear young people’s views on the alarming youth employment situation.

February 2012

  1. Breaking ground: Partnerships for more and better jobs for young people

    An event co organized by the ILO, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to strengthen the partnership between governments and the private sector in advancing youth employment and decent work.

  2. ILO warns youth job crisis threatens social cohesion, calls for more and better jobs for youth

    27 February 2012

    Addressing a special event organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, the head of the ILO Employment Sector, José-Manuel Salazar, has warned of the risks of a lost generation due to a growing youth employment crisis, and called for new and stronger partnerships to create more and better jobs for young people.

  3. “Partnerships for more & better jobs for Young People” - Statement by Jose M. Salazar-Xirinachs

    27 February 2012

    Concluding statement by Jose M. Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director for Employment Sector of the ILO delivered at "Breaking New Ground: Partnerships for more & better jobs for Young People", an event co-organized by the ILO, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to strengthen the partnership between governments and the private sector in advancing youth employment and decent work.

January 2012

  1. Somavia puts the accent on youth employment in Davos

    27 January 2012

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia has called for a new policy paradigm to promote inclusive job-rich growth for the almost 75 million unemployed youth aged 15-24 worldwide.

December 2011

  1. From the depths of an African shantytown, a nascent youth employment movement grows

    14 December 2011

    In Africa’s second largest slum, youth unemployment is sky high. But cooperative projects are helping youth find work and slowly lift themselves out of poverty through such projects as raising food in community gardens, processing waste for bio-fuel or providing improved sanitation. Journalist Anne Holmes reports on how this emerging economic revival is making a small but significant dent in a major ongoing challenge.

  2. The MasterCard Foundation pledges US$14.6 million to create “Work4Youth”: Partnership with the ILO Youth Employment Programme

    14 December 2011

    New partnership will increase the global awareness of the challenges facing youth as they move from education to the world of work.

  3. ILO opens International Forum on “Employment, Youth and Democratic Governance”, calling for more and better jobs for young people

    13 December 2011

    At 14.4 per cent, the youth unemployment rate is double the general rate, and 60 per cent of young workers are in informal jobs. Eminent personalities are meeting in Lima to take part in the Forum.

  4. Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification in Bangladesh: The Case of Agro Food and Pharmaceuticals Workshops

    Workshops with representatives from relevant government and education institutions as well as employers' and workers' representatives from the respective sectors were organized in Dhaka in September and December 2011 to discuss and validate initial findings and promote skills dialogue among stakeholders.

  5. Cambodia's young people look for a brighter future

    02 December 2011

    Story of Yeth Chenda, 21-year-old Yeth CHenda recently found a job as a receptionist in a rural hotel in Kampot, Southern Cambodia, with the assistance of an International Labour Organization (ILO) job centre project