Todays young people are the most educated generation ever. They have clear ideas about fulfilling their aspirations at work and in society and want opportunities for personal autonomy and active citizenship. They want the chance of a decent job.

Achieving decent work for youth is a challenge shared by all countries across the world. On average, young women and men are two to three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. All too often, they work unacceptably long hours under informal, intermittent and insecure work arrangements, characterized by low productivity, meagre earnings and reduced labour protection.

Within the international community, the ILO has a special role to play in promoting youth employment. With its expertise, tripartite constituency and global alliances, it can act as a catalyst in mobilizing support and implementing integrated policies and programmes to effectively meet the Millennium Summit Declarations commitment on decent and productive work for youth.

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