Decent Jobs for Youth Initiative

The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth was launched by the United Nations system to scale up action and impact on youth employment. It is a unique platform to join forces – within and beyond the UN system – to tackle the challenge and assist Member States in delivering on a crucial goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On 29 November 2017, partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth jointly launched the engagement platform—

The Initiative brings together partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and other key youth employment actors, who have all expressed their commitment to the Campaign’s objectives in different thematic areas. The Initiative was launched to unleash the potential of youth to succeed in business and access decent work; it will promote actions needed to effectively enable young entrepreneurs to succeed and improve the sustainability and quality of self-employment opportunities for youth.

This online platform serves as a unique cooperation platform to:

  1. Foster partnerships and commit to action on youth employment.
  2. Build evidence around what works in youth employment.
  3. Share updates on upcoming events and news on youth employment.

In 2017, YouthStart led the campaign on behalf of UNCDF, and our commitment is to ensure access to integrated financial and non-financial services to support action for youth employment.

Under the theme "Youth Entrepreneurship & Self-Employment", UNCDF together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), aim to unleash the potential of youth to succeed in business.

Since young people face higher barriers to entrepreneurship than adults, it is crucial to advocate for better policies to help young entrepreneurs realize their ambitions. This can foster a virtuous cycle of further employment and ultimately development, because youth-led enterprises primarily employ their peers, therefore contributing towards the creation of an enabling environment for more quality jobs available for youth.

Join us, make your commitment and become a partner here to advocate for more and better jobs for youth and make a real change for young people across the globe!


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Dakar, Senegal

Arianna Gasparri
Youth Finance Advisor