<Abuja, 1-3 August 2019/> GLOBAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT FORUM 2019
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The Global Youth Employment Forum will be held from 1 to 3 August 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria.

The three-day event aims to accelerate progress in fulfilling youth employment-related targets and Sustainable Development Goals. It is also a celebration of 60 years of the ILO’s presence in Africa, as well as 100 years of the ILO’s work promoting decent jobs for youth.

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What can I expect?

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
09:00
PRE-FORUM ACTIVITIES
09:00
10:30
Security briefing
UNDSS representative

Setting the scene: the Call for Action on Youth Employment and the ILO Centenary Declaration
A conversation with Sangheon Lee, Director of the ILO Employment Policy Department

Moderators: Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International and Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group
A ROADMAP TO 2030
09:00
10:30
Youth-led recommendations to advance the Call for Action by 2030

Roadmap team:
Ebiho Agun, Federal Ministry of Youth & Sport Development
Katlego Letsoalo, Specialist Monitoring & Evaluation, Minerals Council South Africa, South Africa
Anna Fendley, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Peter Loewi, UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Kristeena Monteith, Talk Up Radio

PERSPECTIVES ON THE ROADMAP
09:00
10:30
Intergenerational dialogue
Reflections and commitments to champion the Call for Action from now to 2030

Moderator:
Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International

Panellists:
Peninnah Adjoa Akuffo, Ghana Employers’ Association
Farrukhjon Jurayev, Ministry of Employment, Uzbekistan
Marco Aristeo J. Gojol, SECTRO, Philippines
Ibrahim Robleh, Minister of Labour, Djibouti
Fatou Thiam, International Education, Senegal
Clifford Muyera, Federation of Kenya Employers
09:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
OFFICIAL OPENING
11:00
12:30
Master of Ceremony: Sarah Inokoba, ILO Abuja
Welcome remarks: Dennis Zulu, ILO Director for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone
Youth address: Angela Maria Herrera Puyana, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Opening remarks: Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
Special address: Boss Mustafa, Permanent Secretary of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  Federal Republic of Nigeria
A COLOUR SPECTRUM FOR MORE AND BETTER JOBS FOR YOUTH
11:00
12:30
Presentation and group discussions
on youth employment opportunities and enablers within the digital, green, lavender (care), blue and orange (creative) economies.

Presenter:
Sukti Dasgupta, Chief of the ILO Employment and Labour Markets Branch
Takeaways panel and perspectives from Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
11:00
12:30
High level panel
on next steps at country, regional and global level.

Moderator:
Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group

Panellists:
Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Regional Director for Africa
Sukti Dasgupta, Chief of the ILO Employment and Labour Markets Branch
Dramane Haidara, ILO Director for Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Togo
Rosemond Offei-Awuku, African Development Bank
Peter Loewi, UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Kristeena Monteith, Talk Up Radio

OFFICIAL CLOSURE
11:00
12:30
Dennis Zulu, Dennis Zulu, ILO Director for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone
Sangheon Lee, Director of the ILO Employment Policy Department
Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International
Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group
11:30
12:00
12:30
Lunch
12:30
14:00
Lunch
12:30
14:00
13:00
13:30
14:00
TODAY AND TOMORROW WITH DECENT JOBS FOR YOUTH
14:00
15:30
Tripartite fishbowl discussion
with young representatives from government, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

Moderator: Saul Alejandro Zenteno Bueno, UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Panellists:
Ana Catarina Fontes, Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal
Neema Mbogo, Association of Tanzania Employers
Eduardo Magaldi, General Workers’ Union, Spain
SHARE FAIR: YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS (YES!)
14:00
15:30
A marketplace of innovative solutions that recognize the diversity of youth and the need to promote targeted approaches
14:30
15:00
15:30
THE CALL FOR ACTION: WORKING TOGETHER FOR AND WITH YOUTH
15:45
18:00
Round table sessions
Forward looking; exploring innovative and emerging issues

Moderators:
Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International and Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group

BOOSTING YOUTH EMPLOYMENT THROUGH STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION
15:45
18:00
Tripartite fireside chat panel
with young representatives from government, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

Moderator:
Carol Grzych, UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Panellists:
Idélcia Mapure, National Association of Municipalities of Mozambique
Georgia Mensah, African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation
Neil Don Orillaneda, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines

REFLECTION ON EMERGING RECOMMENDATIONS
15:45
18:00
Panel dialogue
with development partners investing in youth employment

Moderator:
Jenni Jostock, International Trade Centre

Panellists:
Beccy Davies, UK’s Department for International Development
Adeola Adebayo, Elumelu Foundation
Nadine Gbossa, International Fund For Agricultural Development, Nigeria
Demola Adesina, African Union
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
Dinner
19:00
20:00
Dinner
19:00
20:00
hosted by
His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice-president, Federal Republic of Nigeria
19:30
Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
11:00
A COLOUR SPECTRUM FOR MORE AND BETTER JOBS FOR YOUTH
11:00
12:30
Presentation and group discussions
on youth employment opportunities and enablers within the digital, green, lavender (care), blue and orange (creative) economies.

Presenter:
Sukti Dasgupta, Chief of the ILO Employment and Labour Markets Branch
Takeaways panel and perspectives from Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
11:30
12:00
Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
09:00
A ROADMAP TO 2030
09:00
10:30
Youth-led recommendations to advance the Call for Action by 2030

Roadmap team:
Ebiho Agun, Federal Ministry of Youth & Sport Development
Katlego Letsoalo, Specialist Monitoring & Evaluation, Minerals Council South Africa, South Africa
Anna Fendley, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Peter Loewi, UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Kristeena Monteith, Talk Up Radio
09:30
10:00

Saturday, 3 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
15:30
BOOSTING YOUTH EMPLOYMENT THROUGH STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION
15:45
18:00
Tripartite fireside chat panel
with young representatives from government, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

Moderator:
Carol Grzych, UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Panellists:
Idélcia Mapure, National Association of Municipalities of Mozambique
Georgia Mensah, African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation
Neil Don Orillaneda, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
10:30

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
10:30

Friday, 2 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
10:30

Saturday, 3 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
15:30

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
15:30

Friday, 2 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
19:00
Dinner
19:00
20:00
hosted by
His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice-president, Federal Republic of Nigeria
19:30

Friday, 2 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
19:00
Dinner
19:00
20:00
19:30

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

No events hours available!
Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
11:00
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
11:00
12:30
High level panel
on next steps at country, regional and global level.

Moderator:
Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group

Panellists:
Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Regional Director for Africa
Sukti Dasgupta, Chief of the ILO Employment and Labour Markets Branch
Dramane Haidara, ILO Director for Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Togo
Rosemond Offei-Awuku, African Development Bank
Peter Loewi, UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Kristeena Monteith, Talk Up Radio
11:30
12:00

Saturday, 3 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
12:30
Lunch
12:30
14:00
13:00
13:30

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
12:30
Lunch
12:30
14:00
13:00
13:30

Friday, 2 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
11:00
OFFICIAL CLOSURE
11:00
12:30
Dennis Zulu, Dennis Zulu, ILO Director for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone
Sangheon Lee, Director of the ILO Employment Policy Department
Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International
Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group
11:30
12:00

Saturday, 3 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
11:00
OFFICIAL OPENING
11:00
12:30
Master of Ceremony: Sarah Inokoba, ILO Abuja
Welcome remarks: Dennis Zulu, ILO Director for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone
Youth address: Angela Maria Herrera Puyana, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Opening remarks: Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
Special address: Boss Mustafa, Permanent Secretary of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  Federal Republic of Nigeria
11:30
12:00

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
09:00
PERSPECTIVES ON THE ROADMAP
09:00
10:30
Intergenerational dialogue
Reflections and commitments to champion the Call for Action from now to 2030

Moderator:
Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International

Panellists:
Peninnah Adjoa Akuffo, Ghana Employers’ Association
Farrukhjon Jurayev, Ministry of Employment, Uzbekistan
Marco Aristeo J. Gojol, SECTRO, Philippines
Ibrahim Robleh, Minister of Labour, Djibouti
Fatou Thiam, International Education, Senegal
Clifford Muyera, Federation of Kenya Employers
09:30
10:00

Saturday, 3 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
09:00
PRE-FORUM ACTIVITIES
09:00
10:30
Security briefing
UNDSS representative

Setting the scene: the Call for Action on Youth Employment and the ILO Centenary Declaration
A conversation with Sangheon Lee, Director of the ILO Employment Policy Department

Moderators: Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International and Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group
09:30
10:00

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
15:30
REFLECTION ON EMERGING RECOMMENDATIONS
15:45
18:00
Panel dialogue
with development partners investing in youth employment

Moderator:
Jenni Jostock, International Trade Centre

Panellists:
Beccy Davies, UK’s Department for International Development
Adeola Adebayo, Elumelu Foundation
Nadine Gbossa, International Fund For Agricultural Development, Nigeria
Demola Adesina, African Union
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30

Friday, 2 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
14:00
SHARE FAIR: YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS (YES!)
14:00
15:30
A marketplace of innovative solutions that recognize the diversity of youth and the need to promote targeted approaches
14:30
15:00

Friday, 2 Aug 2019

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
15:30
THE CALL FOR ACTION: WORKING TOGETHER FOR AND WITH YOUTH
15:45
18:00
Round table sessions
Forward looking; exploring innovative and emerging issues

Moderators:
Sarah Bouchard, Cuso International and Kehinde Babaniyi Ibiteye, Next Generation Summit Group
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 Friday, 2 Aug 2019 Saturday, 3 Aug 2019
14:00
TODAY AND TOMORROW WITH DECENT JOBS FOR YOUTH
14:00
15:30
Tripartite fishbowl discussion
with young representatives from government, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

Moderator: Saul Alejandro Zenteno Bueno, UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Panellists:
Ana Catarina Fontes, Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal
Neema Mbogo, Association of Tanzania Employers
Eduardo Magaldi, General Workers’ Union, Spain
14:30
15:00

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

No events available!
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Youth Employment ShareFair

The Youth Employment ShareFair is an opportunity for young people to share their ideas, projects, and startups during the Forum.

Participants will exhibit best practices, new ideas, recent achievements—anything relevant to the youth employment challenge. Exhibitions identify interventions, actions, and approaches that promote inclusion and respect diversity for specific groups.

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