International Youth Day

Empower youth for a sustainable future

On International Youth Day, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, says young people need to be equipped with skills for the green economy, so they can find decent jobs and make the world a better place for people and planet.

Date issued: 12 August 2023 | Size/duration: 1:22
On International Youth Day, I join the global community in celebrating the commitment and actions of young people who are trying to make the world a better place for both people and planet.

Many young people aspire to careers that make a positive impact on the environment and foster social justice.

As the world moves towards a low-carbon economy, the implementation of just transition policies could create more than eight million additional jobs for young people by 2030.

Equipping them with skills for the green economy, including digital skills, will prepare them for these jobs.

The ILO-led Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth works with and for youth, so we can make this happen.

It brings together the resources and expertise of multiple partners committed to scaling up actions that will increase youth employment.

Join us in building a more sustainable future for the generations to come.