This cause is the hub for all of us who believe the youth deserve the opportunity to work.

Of the world's estimated 207 million unemployed people in 2009, nearly 40 per cent – about 81 million – were between 15 and 24 years of age. In many countries, this grim unemployment picture is further aggravated by the large number of youth engaged in poor quality and low paid jobs, often in the informal economy. Many youth are poor or underemployed: some 152 million working poor youth, or 28 per cent of all young workers in the world, live on less than the equivalent of US$1.25 per day.

Through a global network of employment specialists, the ILO Programme on Youth Employment (YEP) provides assistance to countries in developing consistent and coordinated policies and programmes on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment.