In 2014, the UN General Assembly designated 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. World Youth Skills Day serves as an opportunity to highlight the importance of youth skills development. 

World Youth Skills Day underscores the need to support programming and initiatives that equip young people with tools and resources to enhance their ability to make informed life and work choices. 

 To mark the first annual World Youth Skills Day, the United Nations will host two key events; an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa. 

Youth Skills in the Post 2015 Development Agenda
Hosted by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, UNESCO, ILO, and Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the special event will promote and highlight the importance of sound policies, knowledge management, advocacy and multi-stakeholder partnerships for Youth Skills development in the post 2015 Development Agenda. 

Details: 15 July / 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT / Conference Room 5 @UNHQ

Investing in Youth & Ensuring Decent Jobs to Harness the Demographic Dividend
Marking World Youth Skills Day at the Financing for Development Conference
Convened by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, and co-organized in partnership with ILO, and UNESCO, the event will bring together high-level speakers and youth activists to  highlight the importance of investing in the skills development of today’s largest generation of youth by financing youth policies and programs and ensuring they have access to decent jobs. 

Details: 15 July 2015 / 1.15 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. EAT (East African Time) / Addis Ababa, Ethiopia