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Under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, this joint report by ILO, UNDP and UNHCR presents examples of good practices from around the world, showcasing innovative approaches to youth employment that help to build peace and resilience in fragile and conflict affected situations.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places decent work at the heart of policies for sustainable and inclusive development, and recognizes youth as critical agents of change. Empowered young women and men play a vital role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace. Young people are at the forefront as innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders, activists and positive agents of change, and they need the recognition and support of governments, UN agencies, civil society and private sector partners.
The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth recognizes the potential of young people, as well as the challenges that they face in relation to jobs and employment. It is the first-ever comprehensive U.N. system-wide effort to promote youth employment worldwide and a core means of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Investing in youth employment in fragile and conflict situations is a priority for advancing societies towards peaceful and inclusive development.