Employing youth for a better future

ECOSOC will hold an exclusive event, “Breaking new ground: Partnerships for more and better jobs for young people” on 27 February from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at UN Headquarters in New York

This event will serve as part of the preparatory process for the ECOSOC’s 2012 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the MDGs”, and is organized by UN DESA and the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the United Nations Global Compact.

The event will seek to strengthen the partnership between governments, the private sector and the philanthropic community in advancing youth employment and decent work. The themes to be explored will include issues affecting policy setting for youth employment and innovations for promoting youth employment. The outcome of the deliberations will be submitted to the Member States during the ECOSOC High-level session in July 2012.

The programme will consist of an opening plenary, to be followed by two leadership dialogues on “Innovations in promoting youth employment” and “Creating a new dynamic for youth at work”. The key outcomes of the exclusive event will be to provide increased focus to issues central to the achievement of promoting youth employment and decent work for all, through:

  • broadening of the range of stakeholders involved in the work of ECOSOC, as well as increasing the awareness amongst the philanthropic community on the progress made and the challenges faced in achieving MDG 1;
  • promoting concrete initiatives by the philanthropic community and initiating new partnerships that would accelerate progress in reaching the targets in MDG 1; and
  • expanding multi-stakeholder engagement in the international community’s efforts to help advance the achievement of the two priority areas mentioned above.

The event has a number of co-convenors dedicated to strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of youth employment, including UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Clinton Global Initiative, Princes Youth Business International, United Nations Foundation, Young Americas Business Trust, Youth Employment Network and the Youth Employment Summit.

For more information: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/philanthropy1/index.shtml