Learning to Learn for Life and Work on World Youth Skills Day

This event is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Permanent Mission of Portugal to the UN, Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, UNESCO and ILO to commemorate World Youth Skills Day (WYSD). 

The WYSD 2019 and the event at UNHQ will explore how we can all “learn to learn” in a context where traditional ways of learning are leaving way to new approaches for all generations to learn and exchange with one another for a better life, for decent work and ultimately for a sustainable development for all.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations system entity


  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY)
  • Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
  • Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations


The World Youth Skills Day 2019 (WYSD 2019) brings together the voices of Member States, the UN system, private sector, civil society, academia and youth organizations to discuss “learning to learn” in the future of work and in the age of technological  innovation, social and demographic transformation and climate change threats.

The interest in the capacity of individuals in “learning to learn” in a lifelong learning perspective has also been further strengthened by its inclusion as a central feature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, where in SDG4 in particular, UN member states have committed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. In this context at least, the concept of lifelong learning has been reaffirmed as a guiding principle and operational framework for education systems and policies (UNESCO 2018).


  • To assess mechanisms needed to operationalize lifelong learning
  • To explore ways to optimize inter-generational dialogues including through work exposure measures
  • To discuss new ways of learning in the future of work

The Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Guy Ryder, addressed the audience at this event, highlighting the importance of lifelong learning in line with job creation policies, and the need to foster collaboration on youth employment through the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.

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