News, articles and events on youth employment

June 2011

  1. International Day of Co-operatives- “Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise” (2 July 2011)

    The International Day of Cooperatives addresses the need for all cooperative stakeholders to promote the participation of young people in the cooperative movement.This year's theme highlights how the cooperative model of enterprise can successfully empower youth. It links to the celebration of the United Nations International Year of Youth, which encourages dialogue and understanding across generations and promotes the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity .

  2. Message by ILO Director-General on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives

    30 June 2011

  3. Indonesian President calls for Global Coalition for Youth Employment

    14 June 2011

    The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has called for a global coalition to tackle youth employment in an address to a special session of the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva.

  4. Youth leaders tell ILO they need “jobs”, but express optimism for the future

    10 June 2011

    Youth leaders from around the world told the annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) they need “jobs”, but expressed optimism that their efforts would eventually result in employment, more equitable societies and decent work.

  5. High level Panel on “Global Youth: Leading Change”

    This panel will explore key employment, social and political challenges faced by youth in different regions of the world through the voices of a diverse group of panellists engaged in the advancement of young people’s position in society. Particular emphasis will be placed on young people’s role in promoting social justice in today’s world.

  6. High level Panel on “Arab Youth: Aspiring for Social Justice”

    This panel will review recent developments in the region through the perspective of young people who made these changes happen by tackling the challenges of exclusion, poverty and inequality. Five young activists from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, who were influential in profiling key issues, participating in protests and mobilizing peers into action on the streets of several cities of North Africa and the Middle East, will shed light on the socio-economic factors that drove them to become “agents of history”.

March 2011

  1. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and International Women’s Day: 100 years on

    08 March 2011

    The first International Women’s Day commemorated a demonstration by women workers in New York in 1857. But what established the modern celebration of International Women’s Day in history, was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York on 25 March 1911 that killed 146 young women workers, most of whom were immigrants. From the ashes of that tragic event, the pursuit of social justice for women and men ignited that day continues be felt around the world 100 years on. From New York, ILO On-line reports on the fire that changed everything.

February 2011

  1. Youth join green jobs push in China

    15 February 2011

    Yang Shumbo, a Chinese electronic sciences student invented a device to save electricity. He developed this into a business under a pilot project of the Greener Business Option (GBO), an ILO Green Jobs Programme initiative. GBO aims to encourage entrepreneurship in green businesses among young people. Report from Chengdu, China, by Satoshi Sasaki, Specialist on Enterprise Development and Job Creation, ILO Beijing and Vincent Jugault, Senior Specialist in Environment and Decent Work, ILO Bangkok.

  2. International Year of Youth Briefing Session: Youth Employment

    A briefing session is being held to address youth employment on Tuesday 8 February 2011 (United Nations Headquarters)

October 2010

  1. Monitoring and Impact Evaluation of Youth Employment Programmes