Over 40 per cent of the world’s economically active youth are either unemployed or have a job but live in poverty. The youth employment crisis is a stubborn reality in most countries and in all regions.
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Adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, the World Programme of Action for Youth provides the policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the well-being of young people around the world. Member States have repeatedly requested the United Nations system to continue its coordination towards a more coherent, comprehensive and integrated approach to youth development, most recently in General Assembly resolution 68/130.
Acknowledging the critical importance of productive employment and decent work in lifting people out of poverty, HLCP, in July 2005, selected employment as one of the priority issues on the inter-agency agenda. This decision was reinforced by the 2005 World Summit Outcome, which identified the goals of full and productive employment and decent work for all, including for women and young people, as a central objective of relevant national and international policies and national development strategies in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Inter-agency collaboration against hunger; Employment; Migration;
Staff security and safety; Enhancing governance and accountability; Enhancing financial resources management; Enhancing human resources management; Coordinating United Nations system response to the threat of avian influenza; Inter-agency collaboration in information and communication technology.
The United Nations system is unique in the range and coverage of its structures and mandates and in the diversity of the means of action that are at its disposal. These characteristics can be a unique source of strength in addressing the increasingly complex and interrelated challenges that the international community is facing.
CEB addressed the issue of employment and decent work both in an initial preparatory discussion at its fall 2006 session and on the basis of further preparation by the High-level Committee on Programmes at its spring 2007 session in the light of increasingly strong political support for addressing full employment and decent work for all. That support had been manifested at high-level international gatherings in various regions, such as the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Employment and Poverty Alleviation and the Fourth Summit of the Americas.
Over the 2006/07 period, CEB addressed a number of emerging and important programme issues with system-wide implications. Those included issues that required the development of a coordinated response from the United Nations, such as international migration and development, the midterm review of the Brussels Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries, and the cross-cutting issue of employment and decent work.
The Chief Executives Board reviewed the progress in the implementation of the Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work, which was prepared under the leadership of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in close collaboration with all CEB members and was endorsed by the Board at its 2007 spring session. CEB member organizations were in the process of undertaking self-assessments of the employment and decent work outcomes of their policies, programmes and activities.
Employment toolkit; United Nations system action plan for the further implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries during the period 2007 2010; Aid for trade; Peacebuilding; Disaster reduction; Rights of persons with disabilities; UN-Energy, UN-Water and UN-Oceans; Trade capacity-building.
While Chief Executives Board considered a number of substantive programme issues during the reporting period, the issues of climate change and support to development in Africa featured high on the Board’s agenda. The nature and scope of those issues require that they be addressed through a coordinated and sustained effort that CEB is well positioned to provide.
Support institutional reforms for and enabling environment conducive to youth entrepreneurship, including access to markets, finance and other resources; Strengthen mechanisms for promoting youth entrepreneurship, in particular for young women.
Enhance national capacity to develop gender- sensitive strategies for decent work for youth; Support the improvement and enforcement of rights at work for youth and implement employment and skills development programmes to ease the transition of disadvantaged youth to decent work.
In response to the request from the General Assembly (A/RES/55/2412) to “elaborate a coherent and coordinated international strategy on employment,” ILO developed the Global Employment Agenda.
Guy Ryder has some thirty years of experience in the world of work, most of it at the international level. During that time he has occupied positions of leadership at the global level and been called upon to manage complex processes of change and situations of considerable political sensitivity in all regions of the world.
The “Global Jobs Pact” initiative aims at focusing the attention of decision-makers on employment measures and decent work as the foundation for long-term recovery. The Initiative highlights that the multiplier effects of investments in employment-intensive areas are higher than those of alternate measures such as tax cuts. T