UN General Assembly

Our efforts must ensure young people have decent job opportunities and the skills to take them

This call is launched by the participants of a high-level event held on September 23 in New York on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The high-level event was co-organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and the International Labour Organization.

News | 23 September 2019
NEW YORK, (ILO News) – Russia has made a major contribution to the International Labour Organization’s work including its efforts to reduce unemployment among young people, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General said at the high-level event.

"Youth unemployment still remains probably one of the most serious challenges in the context of the future of work. Young people are two to three times more likely to be unemployed than other people in labour markets”, - said Guy Ryder.

Youth unemployment is a serious challenge many countries are facing in today’s rapidly changing world, in all regions, no matter economic development indicators. The ILO Centenary Initiative Future of Work and ILO guiding policy documents recognise the necessity of joint efforts to tackle this challenge, suggesting evidence based recommendations to the Governments, social partners and the world community to take responsibility and contribute to promotion of decent work opportunities for young people. The Centenary Declaration adopted by 108th International Labour Congress in June 2019, calls for investing in people’s capabilities through human-centred approach to the future of work.

According to Alexei Cherkasov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Russia, almost 2.5 million people half of whom are those aged 14-29 annual receive public career guidance services in the country. “We hope that the International Labour Organization will provide further effective expertise in this area”, Mr. Cherkasov said.

The event brought together senior representatives of governments, social partners, the private sector, UN entities and other key stakeholders to focus on solutions supporting youth transition to decent work.

Vasily Nebenzya, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Yaroslav Nilov, Chair of the State Duma Committee for Labour, Social Policy and Veterans’ Affairs, Tanzila Narbayeva, Chairperson of the Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Anatoly Moskalenko, Vice-President of LUKOIL and other high-level speakers and discussants exchanged views on the role of partnerships in promoting and facilitating human centred agenda with the focus on youth employment and innovative measures supporting decent jobs for youth. The participants highlighted specific role of social dialogue and public private partnerships in promotion of better employment opportunities for young people.

“The unique tripartite nature of the ILO’s work allows it to effectively respond to current challenges to labour and economy,” said Vassily Nebanzya, Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations.  “Russia shares the ILO’s strategic objectives of protecting the rights of workers. We are active in our cooperation with the ILO to implement individual projects. I would specifically mention the joint ILO-LUKOIL project in the area of youth employment”, Mr. Nebenzya said.

The ongoing youth employment initiatives in Azerbaijan, Russian Federation and Uzbekistan were appreciated.