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Young people bring energy, talent and creativity to economies that no-one can afford to squander. The time has come to unleash their potential to become tomorrow’s workers, entrepreneurs, citizens and agents of change.

The ILO’s programme dedicated to youth employment operates through a global network of specialists working across the ILO at its head-quarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world.

Opening up opportunities and improving working conditions for young people is a priority on the policy agenda for the ILO’s tripartite constituency. We are committed to the research and knowledge dimension – what is being tried, what is working in different circumstances and sharing these experiences. There is also the practical side – to help countries develop and adapt youth employment policies and programmes. Equally important, is our commitment to the advocacy dimension. The ILO continues to reinforce on-going partnerships and launching new ones centered on practical and concrete action to reconnect YOU to the labour market to kindle belief in a better future.

The ILO has added fuel to this fire, through the Global Youth Employment Forum, the CALL FOR ACTION to address the youth employment crisis and designating Jobs and Skills for youth as one of ILO’s areas of critical importance. We continue to place, together with our member states, youth employment as a top priority.

This platform was created for YOU by a multicultural team of young people and experts working at the ILO. We hope you utilize the platform and feel encouraged to join a growing community of people like you —who desire decent work for all.

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