Welcome to Geneva, Switzerland!!!

Today is a very exciting today. All together there are five journalists covering world wide youth employment issues! We are all brilliant people who have a passion for civic journalism (to learn more about us check out the “Press Team” page). In particular, I (Tiffany Taylor) will be covering the following regions: Africa and the Arab States. I am so stoked to meet all one-hundred of the delegates. Given the turmoil that has occurred in the Arab states and throughout Africa this past year, I am particularly looking forward to learning more about these regions. It is a blessing to be here! More blogs to follow!

Clip of the newsletter welcoming the 100+ young delegates: “Welcome to the International Labour Organizations’ Youth Employment Forum! Get excited for an amazing three days filled with great opportunities to learn more about how you can make a difference in not only your community, but also the world. As you reflect upon your role at home and abroad in bettering youth employment, try to remember the importance of these famous words, spoken by social activist Gloria Steinem, “ “the first problem of all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” Use this experience to challenge your preconceived notions in order to learn as much possible.”


Tiffany Taylor (USA)

ILO’s global Youth Employment Forum in Geneva from May 23-25

As youth unemployment reaches unprecedented levels in many countries, the ILO will hold a global Youth Employment Forum to address the challenges young people face in the labour market.

The Forum will gather a hundred young men and women
 involved in the promotion of decent work for youth. Participants will share their experiences and views on the current employment situation and discuss practical examples of successful initiatives which have led to the promotion of decent work for youth.



Voices of Youth on Social Justice

Featuring the voices of young people, this video asks what are the challenges to achieving social justice for young people in 2012? It includes young peoples’ messages to the international community for World Day of Social Justice on February 20 and asks you for yours. You can add your voice by leaving a comment or submitting a video response in the window below. For more information about the International Labour Organization (ILO) and social justice, visit http://www.ilo.org/socialjustice . To get involved with the youth employment issue go to What About Young People.

ILO holds global consultation of young people on youth jobs crisis

The ILO is holding events in 45 countries around the world throughout March to hear young people’s views on the alarming youth employment situation.

75 million youth worldwide are currently unemployed and more than 150 million young people are living on less than $1.25 a day. The ILO has warned that this situation risks creating a “lost generation” and is a threat to social cohesion.

For this reason, youth employment will be the main theme of the annual International Labour Conference in June, and the ILO wants to hear young people and reflect their ideas and experience in the debate.

In the run-up to the annual Conference, the ILO is consulting young people from Beirut to Bangkok, from Lima to Lusaka, during March’s “Youth Employment Month”. The national consultations will culminate in a major Youth Forum in Geneva in May, with some one hundred young people from employers’, workers’ and youth organizations from across the world taking part. The key issues discussed at the Forum will be presented at the Conference which brings together representatives from governments, employers and workers.

The conversation has already started on social media networks where young people from across the world are sharing their views on the ILO’s Facebook and Twitter platforms:www.twitter.com/ilonews. A young person in Sweden says that for years, youth has been overlooked by people in power. And a Facebook member in India believes that “creating opportunities for youth to start and sustain their own enterprises is a way of eliminating unemployment”.

From youth entrepreneurships to school-to-work transitions, a wide range of issues are being discussed on the community page entitled “What About Young People?”:www.facebook.com/youth.ilo.