From 1 to 3 August 2019, Aïssatou Touré, ACP YPN Policy Officer was invited at the GLOBAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT FORUM 2019, organized in Abuja, Nigeria by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) under the theme “An opportunity to celebrate the past and embrace the future”. During three days, the Forum celebrated 60 years of ILO’s presence in Africa, as well as 100 years of the ILO’s work promoting decent jobs for youth. More than 200 young people from 65 countries including representatives from governments, socials partners, UN and other multilateral organisations, private sector and foundations, civil society, academia and regional institutions were gathered.
The Forum built upon the 2012 International Labour Conference where ILO constituents adopted “The Youth Employment Crisis – A Call for Action”, placing investments in youth employment at the top of national development agendas and providing guidance on how to improve youth’s transition into decent work in the areas of: Employment and economic policies for youth employment; Employability, including education, training and skills, and the school-to-work transition; Labour market policies; Youth entrepreneurship and self-employment; and Rights for young people.
Aïssatou was designated rapporteur in one of the group sessions and brought into the debates with ILO Director- General Guy Rider the African and Diaspora perspectives alongside Aya Mezrigui (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail), Pape Samba Diop and Nicolas Dacosta (AFCON Service), Adjele Mensah (Confederation Syndicale Internationale Region Afrique), Abdoul Aziz Traore (Association SUUDU ANDAL), Mensa Tsedze (Earth Guardians), Assane SY (Uni Global Union SNTPT/SN), Gabriela Tricolici (Confédération Nationale des Syndicats de Moldavie), Jean-Philippe Ahoua (African Union Youth Volunteer), Jennifer Vanessa Korie Chetachi (University of Maroua) and Elvis Adjahoungba (CASEC – ACSAC). Together the youth delegates from French-speaking countries issued the following recommendations to create inclusive decent sustainable jobs for the youth:
- Sensitize and train young people on opportunities in the green economy
- Create institutional mechanisms to promote and support the creation of green jobs (while improving social security conditions and occupational health)
- Create measures to support green value chains (from production, through processing and marketing)
- Promote equitable access to green jobs for all segments of the population (migrants, women, youth)
- Creation of a tripartite training and liaison office between ILO, private sector and youth organisations (including entrepreneurs)
During the Share Fair on YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS (YES!), a marketplace of innovative solutions recognizing the diversity of youth, Aïssatou alongside Elvis Adjahoungba presented and discussed practical solutions implemented in Benin to raise awareness in the African context in schools and universities around SDGs and how to can make it relevant in our context.
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