Global registry of voluntary commitments & multi-stakeholder partnerships
Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth
Description/achievement of initiative

ITU is leading the joint ITU-ILO "Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign" to train 5 million young people globally with job-ready digital skills by 2030. The goal of this campaign is to connect young women and men with the job opportunities offered by the digital economy by incentivizing a range of stakeholders to invest in training youth with job-ready, transferrable digital skills, including basic, mid-level, advanced digital entrepreneurial and soft skills, as well as enabling teachers to provide young people with these skills in particular by introducing computational thinking and coding into school curriculum and non-formal training programmes.

Implementation methodologies

ITU will provide support in implementing this campaign through advocacy at relevant international, regional and country events and conferences, social media and online outreach to incentivize a range of stakeholders to train in-and out-of-school youth, offer special training programmes for young women and young entrepreneurs, and train teachers so that educational programmes better prepare young people for the digital economy. ITU advocacy will also provide policy guidelines and tools to countries and related stakeholders, share best practices and online resources to support countries and stakeholders to develop their job-ready digital skills training programmes and policies. ITU and ILO will work together to foster collaboration between ICT, Labour and Education Ministers to ensure that Digital Skills for Youth Employment activities are conducted closely with national governments, the private sector, training providers, Academia, NGOs as well as other members of the UN family, including through regular meetings organized by the two UN agencies. Both agencies will raise awareness about the Digital Skills Campaign including through their online platforms, social media outreach as well as the flagship events, meetings and related national and global events in which they participate. The agencies will track related results including the numbers of stakeholders whose awareness was raised on policy guidelines, tools and best practices as well as the number of stakeholders making commitments to contribute to the Digital Skills Campaign.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


International Telecommunications Union (ITU); International Labour Organization (ILO)
Progress reports
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 8
Goal 17
12 / 2018
1 knowledge products on youth employment developed
12 / 2030
5,000,000 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills
12 / 2030
30 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items
12 / 2030
100 knowledge products on youth employment developed
8 / 2019
National strategies for youth employment supported in their development or operationalization in 1 country (Cambodia)
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff / Technical expertise
ITU staff with communications, social media, web and graphic design expertise to provide communications outreach, including press and social media.
Staff / Technical expertise
ITU staff with research expertise to collect and share best practices on digital skills training for youth.
Staff / Technical expertise
Promotion of best practices on the ITU Digital Inclusion Newslog (, the ITU Twitter account, and the ITU website

Action Network
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017-06-14 - 2030-12-31
International Telecommunications Union (ITU); International Labour Organization (ILO)
Contact information
Susan Schorr, Head, Digital Inclusion Division,
United Nations