The second edition of the open course “Promotion of Youth Employment in Fragile Settings”  started in Turin on 8 October 2018 and ended on 12 October. More than 30 participants from all over the globe joined.

According to the World Bank, two billion people live in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence – a large proportion of them young people.

Fragility occurs across a range of income groups and different levels of economic development. Of the 56 fragile contexts, 27 are low income, 25 are lower middle income, and 4 (Angola, Venezuela, Iraq and Libya) are upper middle income. Left unattended, fragility and its negative consequences can destabilize entire regions and have global repercussions, in developed and developing countries alike.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identifies the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies and decent work and growth as key priorities. Leaving no one behind – a key aspiration of the Agenda – requires special attention to fragile
and conflict-affected countries. At the same time, recent General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, adopted in April 2016, highlight the need for the entire United Nations
system to work more closely together around the goal of sustaining peace.

Responding to these challenges, the International Labour Conference adopted in June 2017 a new standard, the Recommendation No. 205 on “Employment and Decent work for peace and resilience” (R205). Recommendation No.
205 offers guidance to member states and the international community for taking measures to generate employment and decent work in crisis situations, and presents a phased multitrack approach to promoting peace, preventing crises,
enabling recovery and building resilience. Its focus spans from reconstruction and recovery to prevention and preparedness, in line with the sustaining peace agenda of the Secretary General. R205 recognizes the specifi c situations of young
persons and invites Member states to provide them with income-generation opportunities and stable employment.

The training built on ILO’s experience in the promotion and implementation of youth employment strategies and programmes in disaster and confl ict situations. The course illustrated ILO’s framework for promoting employment
and decent work for peace and resilience, and will focus on specific policy areas and practical tools for the promotion of youth employment in situations of disaster and conflict. Participants were also invited to envision how to apply what they
have learned in their own professional contexts.