We are an impact-driven alliance seeking to improve quality and quantity of jobs for young people. We enable real progress by promoting human rights, fostering gender equality and strengthening public-private cooperation and coherence. Our approach is coordinated and comprehensive, and we actively engage young people to better understand their diverse needs. We support innovative and evidence-based action and promote investments that create both immediate benefits and sustainable positive impact for young people everywhere.
We are an impact-driven alliance seeking to improve quality and quantity of jobs for young people.
Decent Jobs for Youth will support countries in the identification of sectors and areas with job creation potential and will give priority to youth employment interventions that address the twin objectives of improving the quantity and quality of jobs for youth. This includes measures to lift young people out of poverty or vulnerable employment, and to support their transition from the informal to the formal economy. It will also include innovative approaches and new schemes, piloted by a range of stakeholders, which can be scaled up.
Decent Jobs for Youth will be practically minded and focused on the end goal of achieving impact on the ground. The mobilization of and engagement with the United Nations country-based presence and coordination mechanisms is of key importance.
The implementation of Decent Jobs for Youth will involve multi-stakeholder partnerships, both within and outside the United Nations system. Partners will bring their own expertise and added value and will engage from the initial phase of Decent Jobs for Youth and throughout its implementation.
We enable real progress by promoting human rights, fostering gender equality and strengthening public-private cooperation and coherence.
Decent Jobs for Youth will strengthen the links between the United Nations normative frameworks and operational activities. It will facilitate the effective application of standards and norms to operations on the ground. The rights-based approach will promote respect for human rights and the application of international labour standards and other United Nations normative frameworks relevant to the promotion of decent jobs for young people.
Recognizing the key role of the private sector in job creation, Decent Jobs for Youth will actively engage the private sector and promote complementarity and coherence between public policy and private investment.
Decent Jobs for Youth will mainstream gender equality concerns throughout its implementation. The interventions supported will pay particular attention to gender issues and their underpinning socio-economic factors, as well as gender-differentiated transitions to decent jobs and, where appropriate, will target young women through positive action. Interventions will need to address female entrepreneurs’ access to finance, measures that reduce and redistribute caring responsibilities, and promote men’s role in sharing nurturing/paternity responsibilities to ensure that young women have the opportunity to seek decent work and training.
Our approach is coordinated and comprehensive, and we actively engage young people to better understand their diverse needs.
Decent Jobs for Youth will facilitate the involvement of these organizations in relevant policy and planning discussions by pursuing active engagement with organizations that represent young people and their interests in rural and urban areas.
The strategy of Decent Jobs for Youth will be built on a multi-dimensional approach to ensure that young women and men in different contexts and situations, including in fragile states and states in protracted crisis, as well as among displaced populations, benefit from coordinated support. This reflects the universal nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Decent Jobs for Youth will address the importance of adopting targeted approaches and strategies, in recognition of the heterogeneity and needs of different groups of young people, which vary according to individual characteristics (gender, age, socio-economic and family background, educational level, national origin, refugee status, health status, disability). Decent Jobs for Youth will also address young people that are at risk of violence and crime or that have already been exposed to illegal and or criminal activities with the twin objectives of prevention and rehabilitation supporting their transition to a decent job.
Access to productive resources, including land, finance and technology, is an enabling factor for the employment and self-employment of young people in both urban and rural areas. Decent Jobs for Youth will promote the access of young people to assets and to environmentally-sustainable economies (green economy, management of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems).
We support innovative and evidence-based action and promote investments that create both immediate benefits and sustainable positive impact for young people everywhere.
Decent Jobs for Youth will build on past and/or existing youth employment networks and platforms, including those implemented through South-South and triangular cooperation mechanisms.
In recognition of the urgent need to achieve better youth employment outcomes, as well as achieving sustainable results and impact, Decent Jobs for Youth will be implemented through a combination of time-bound actions and policy interventions addressing both cyclical and structural economic and social issues, and new emerging trends.
Decent Jobs for Youth will focus on supporting member States to stimulate labour demand at all levels and improve education and training policies and systems so that they respond better to the current and future demands of labour markets, and to promote opportunity-driven self-employment and entrepreneurship as a career option for young people. It will promote inclusive growth and decent employment for young women and men in key economic sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, trade, ICT, digital economy, tourism, cultural and creative industries, and the green economy.
Education and skills development enhance both the capacity to work and opportunities to progress at work. Decent Jobs for Youth will promote increased investment in youth with a view to improving access to and the relevance of education and training, and strengthening the connections between education and skills development systems and labour markets. Particular attention will be paid to lifelong learning, quality apprenticeships and other work experience schemes that address skills mismatches. Awareness about risks, a secure path in the school to work transition, opportunities in the labour markets and rights at work will be promoted including through school curricula.
The focus will be on the development of effective strategies that combine ALMPs with social protection measures, including unemployment benefits, and expanding outreach of effective labour market institutions, including employment services. Employment activation measures will be fostered, particularly for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and young women, ensuring equal access to decent jobs.
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