Terms of Participation



The SafeYouth@Work Congress is organized by the International Labour Office, representing the International Labour Organization, (ILO) in collaboration with the Government of Singapore, which is hosting the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, taking place 3-6 September 2017 in Singapore.

The SafeYouth@Work Congress is a dedicated gathering within the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work that aims to recognise that young workers and entrepreneurs of today are the future leaders of our economies, and will shape the occupational safety and health (OSH) culture of tomorrow. The SafeYouth@Work Congress focuses on the plight of young workers, and identifies opportunities to shape the future of OSH for youth and with youth.

Approximately 200 young professionals – 60 from Singapore and 140 from around the world – will be invited to participate in the SafeYouth@Work Congress. During five days, from 2-6 September 2017, the participants will work together with the following main objectives:

  • Give youth a voice: you will act as representatives of young workers and employers worldwide - sharing your ideas and priorities with other youth delegates as well as the broader congress participants;
  • Design, create and showcase your own prototyped solutions, services, products or initiatives while interacting with other participants and international OSH experts.
  • Work together with other young champions on an Action Plan for Safer Working Conditions for Youth and be ready to present it before an audience of some three to four thousand individuals at the Grand Finale of the World Congress.

The travel and accommodation of the participants, and the related costs, will be organized and covered and advanced by the ILO and the Government of Singapore.

Young professionals who are interested in participating in the SafeYouth@Work Congress may express their interest, between 31 March 2017 and 1 June 2017, by filling in the online Register Form here: Register

By expressing their interest in participating in the SafeYouth@Work Congress, young professionals agree to the following Terms of Participation:

1. Participants must be between 18 and 24 years old at the time of registration.

2. The 200 participants will be selected by the ILO, in consultation with the Government of Singapore, based on an expression of motivation, a reference letter as well as completing and submitting a personal assignment. The selection process will ensure a balanced and adequate representation amongst the target countries of the ILO SafeYouth@Work Project, and between Government, employer and worker representatives. The ILO reserves the right to invite less than 200 participants if an insufficient number of diversified expressions of interest are received.

3. Obtaining and holding valid passports and necessary visas remains the sole responsibility of the participants. Travel insurance will not be borne by the ILO and will therefore be the sole responsibility of the participants.

4. The participants will grant the ILO a non-exclusive, worldwide, permanent, irrevocable and royalty-free license to use, reproduce, publish, adapt, distribute, and otherwise disseminate, in connection with the ILO’s mandate, any work produced in relation to and during the SafeYouth@Work Congress. Such license will include the right to grant sublicenses, including to the Government of Singapore for the purposes of the XXI World Congress.

5. The participant and the ILO are expected to make every effort to resolve amicably by direct informal negotiations any dispute or controversy arising between them as a result of their participation in the SafeYouth@Work Congress, failing which the matter will be finally settled by arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as at present in force. The arbitral tribunal will consist of a sole arbitrator.

6. Nothing in or relating to these Terms of Participation or the SafeYouth@Work Congress will be deemed a waiver of any of the privileges and immunities of the International Labour Organization.

The SafeYouth@Work Project is a global initiative of the ILO that aims to improve the occupational safety and health of young workers above the minimum age of work up to 24 years, and establish a culture of prevention. To achieve this goal, the project will lead OSH interventions in 11 countries around the world and, in collaboration with Governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, youth and other civil society organizations, educational institutions and international development partners.

The project strategy has four main components:

  • Help countries collect and effectively use timely and relevant OSH data;
  • Work to strengthen legal and policy frameworks to better protect young workers;
  • Tripartite constituents are better equipped to address workplace hazards and risks; and
  • Global knowledge and awareness of the hazards and risks faced by young workers is better understood.

The SafeYouth@Work Project is a key element of the ILO’s OSH flagship programme: Occupational Safety and Health - Global Action for Prevention, and supports the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on decent work and economic growth as well as the SDG on good health and well-being.

The SafeYouth@Work Congress is a key component of the Project which has received generous support from the . USDOL seeks to help create safer work places for young people by raising awareness on the need for prevention-focused occupational safety and health (OSH) culture.

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