This story was written by the ILO Newsroom For official ILO statements and speeches, please visit our “Statements and Speeches” section.

105th Session of the International Labour Conference

ILO World of Work Summit and visit of European Commission President Juncker

Media advisory | 06 June 2016
GENEVA – This year’s International Labour Conference will hold a World of Work Summit on Thursday, 9 June to discuss how to shape the future of work for youth.

It will inform participants on the Global Youth Initiative, a unique partnership with governments, the UN system, businesses, academic institutions, youth organizations and other groups to scale-up action to create quality employment for youth in the global economy. It also aims at assisting young people in developing the skills needed to compete in today’s job market.

A High-Level Panel on Decent Jobs for Youth will take place in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

You can follow the live discussion starting at 08:15 GMT (10:15 Geneva time) on the website of the event.

The panel will address the main challenges faced by youth looking for a job as well as solutions to reduce youth unemployment throughout the world.

Moderated by CNBC’s broadcaster Nozipho Mbanjwa, the Panel will include:
  • José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security from Portugal
  • Linda Kromjong, Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers (IOE)
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
Panellists will take comments/questions from three young people.

Interviews are also scheduled with an internally displaced person and job-seeker from Colombia as well as a refugee from Somalia.

Opening remarks will be delivered by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

Address by European Commission President Juncker

At 3 p.m., the Conference will be addressed by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

A designated area will be reserved for ILC and UNOG-accredited journalists on the 6th floor Lausanne gallery for both events.

TV crews and photographers wishing to access the main floor of the Assembly Hall will need special badges to be requested in advance.

For more information, please contact: ILO Department of Communication at or +4122/799-7912.