Skills for the future of Work

The 2017 World Youth Skills Day will provide an opportunity for representatives of Member States, the United Nations system, the private sector, civil society and youth organizations to share lessons learned and best practices on strategies to address and meet future skills needs, ensuring that young people across the globe seize the employment opportunities provided by the digital economy.

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International Labour Organization (ILO)

United Nations system entity


  • Permanent Representation of Sri Lanka to the UN
  • Permanent Representation of Portugal to the UN
  • the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Sustainable Development Goals & targets


Skills for digital economies and societies Digital technologies are spreading rapidly and transforming the way people live and work. The digitalisation of the economy and society promises to bring dividends, spur innovation, generate efficiencies and improve quality of services in a wide range of sustainable development areas. Digital transformations contribute not only to innovation in products, but also to innovation in processes, work and organisational arrangements. At the same time, digitalisation can be disruptive and raises a number of important policy challenges including with regard to privacy, security, consumer protection policy, competition, taxation, the changing nature of jobs, and skills development. On World Youth Skills Day ongoing and joint work in this area will be highlighted particularly as regards to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth’s campaign on Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth to: (i) equip young people with relevant digital skills; and (ii) foster the job creation needed to integrate youth in the labour market while helping advance digital economies. Evidence shows that improvements in digital skills development can lead to innovation, greater entrepreneurial skills, higher productivity and competitiveness, expanding markets and therefore employment opportunities. Digital skills can improve pathways for young women and girls towards equality and decent work. The event will take place at the UN headquarters and is organized by the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal to the United Nations, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNESCO, and the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

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