Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship: What Works?

This event is a side event of World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth 2019 and Youth Forum Lisboa+21. It is organized by ILO and UNDESA, in collaboration with the Youth Caucus of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development and under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. It features as an interactive discussion and exchange of experiences and practices among participants. 


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  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • MGCY

Sustainable Development Goals & targets


The adoption of the Wold Programme of Action for Youth in 1995 and the Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes in 1998 address the issue of youth employment.  Decent Jobs for Youth is the global initiative to scale up action and impact on youth employment in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This platform is a hub for catalyzing partnerships, collaboration and coordinated action grounded in evidence-based strategies.This side-event will provide the space for policymakers and practitioners to exchange experiences, insights, learnings and practices around core factors affecting youth employment. Youth entrepreneurship (both a key component of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the focus of UNDESA’s upcoming World Youth Report) will be used as a case study to illustrate the tremendous impact various policies – not only youth employment policies, can have on young peoples’ employment prospects.

The event aims to enable and experience-sharing on factors impacting the efficiency of national youth policies and on innovative practices to help address these factors, and Discuss how a broad array of policies (beyond youth-focused policies) is affecting young entrepreneurs’ likelihood of success, and how policymakers can adjust these policies to further support youth entrepreneurship as a key element to address the youth employment challenge.

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