Ending poverty in all its forms and creating decent jobs for youth

This breakout session of the ECOSOC Youth Forum will provide a platform for Member States, young leaders and youth organizations to discuss challenges and solutions to end poverty in all its forms everywhere and to create decent jobs for youth.

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International Labour Organization (ILO)

United Nations system entity


  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Major Group for Children and Youth


“Ending poverty in all its forms and creating decent jobs for youth” jointly organized by ILO, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNCDF, UNICEF, IOM and the Major Group for Children and Youth. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a unique opportunity to incorporate youth policies into comprehensive sustainable development strategies. After all, improving outcomes for youth through appropriate youth employment and social policies is fundamental to inclusive and sustainable societies and to the achievement of the SDGs, including Goals 1, 4 and 8. In this context, the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination endorsed and launched at the 2016 ECOSOC Youth Forum, the Global Initiative aims to facilitate increased impact and expanded country-level action on decent jobs for youth through multi-stakeholder partnerships, the dissemination of evidence-based policies and the scaling up of effective and innovative interventions. The event will be divided into three thematic conversations, reflecting today’s social and economic challenges faced by young people. These themes have been identified in the strategy of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth: - Youth in fragile states: jobs for peace and resilience. - Youth, global markets and entrepreneurship: the business leaders of tomorrow. - Quality apprenticeships: learning for the future of work. A set of recommendations on actions conducive to ending poverty and promoting decent jobs for youth across three strategic themes reflecting today’s challenges and the future of work that might also inform discussions on the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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