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General discussion on the youth employment crisis

The 101st session of the International Labour Conference of the ILO, is to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) from 30 May to 15 June 2012.  The Governing Body of the ILO placed an item on “the youth employment crisis” on the agenda of the 101st  International Labour Conference for general discussion.

The topic of youth employment last featured on the Conference agenda for general discussion in 2005, at which time the Conference adopted a resolution concerning youth employment. While this resolution remains relevant, the Governing Body’s decision to return to the subject was prompted by a renewed sense of alarm at the unprecedented proportion that the youth employment crisis has acquired. Indeed, high levels of youth unemployment, increasing difficulties faced by young persons in transition from school to work and the deteriorating quality of employment available to them are of deep concern to ILO constituents in all regions. The global economic and financial crisis has exacerbated this situation and the current global outlook for growth is gloomy. The risk remains that youth labour markets will be further adversely affected.

Reports submitted to the Conference

  1. Report V: The youth employment crisis: Time for action

    13 March 2012

    Report submitted to the delegates of the 101st International Labour Labour Conference for general discussion.

Background information

  1. Resolution concerning youth employment

    Adopted by the ILC in June 2005 (93rd Session)