LABOUR ILO harps on de­cent jobs for youths

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - Sto­ries by Mustapha Suleiman

The In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ILO) has said de­cent job op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple can make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to con­flict preven­tion, re­con­struc­tion and re­cov­ery, and to build­ing re­silience in frag­ile sit­u­a­tions.

This was con­tained in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day by ILO Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Mr Guy Ry­der, to com­mem­o­rate 2017 In­ter­na­tional Youth Day.

The DG said “Young peo­ple glob­ally have spo­ken of their vi­sion for a fu­ture with de­cent work” and “let’s make it hap­pen.”

Ry­der said about two bil­lion peo­ple are liv­ing in coun­tries af­fected by con­flict and frag­ile sit­u­a­tions and more than one third of them are youth aged 15 to 24.

He also said that young women and men in con­flict coun­tries are par­tic­u­larly at risk of fore­go­ing school and train­ing – where such op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able – and drop­ping out of the labour mar­ket.

“Left with­out op­tions for se­cur­ing a liveli­hood, some, gen­er­ally the most marginal­ized and dis­ad­van­taged, turn to armed con­flict. So what is at stake here, is not only their present and fu­ture but also the re­silience and abil­ity of en­tire com­mu­ni­ties and so­ci­eties to re­cover and to build a bet­ter fu­ture,” he added.

He noted that when young women and men are lis­tened to, sup­ported and em­pow­ered, they be­come ac­tive agents of peace-build­ing, ac­tors for re­cov­ery and re­silience.

He said that two months ago, the ILO’s In­ter­na­tional Labour Con­fer­ence, adopted a new rec­om­men­da­tion, No. 205 (2017) on Em­ploy­ment and De­cent Work for Peace and Re­silience, which pro­vides guid­ance on pro­mot­ing de­cent work op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­sponse to crises aris­ing from con­flict and dis­as­ters.

He added that the Rec­om­men­da­tion pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to the pro­tec­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing of chil­dren and young peo­ple in sit­u­a­tions of con­flict and is founded on the value of di­a­logue.

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