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Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

September 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - September 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is a global convening that brings together 500+ leading stakeholders from 55 countries to connect, exchange, and collaborate. Now in its 11th year, the Summit is the largest convening of its kind in North America for the youth economic opportunities community. 

Decision makers come to the Summit to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of their youth economic opportunities programming, policies, and partnerships. The agenda attracts leading experts who are working to advance social and economic well-being of young people.

The theme of the 11th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is “The Future of Work: Youth Economic Opportunity in a Changing World.”

The “future of work” is a topic of heightened focus and for good reason: the rise of technology, digital innovation and globalization is dramatically transforming labor markets in developed and developing countries alike.  Emerging research—from modern economists and groups like the World Economic Forum  and Brookings—has identified some of the big global trends such as disruption to jobs, the diminishing role of traditional labor, and the decentralization of economic activity away from a single large employer to micro-enterprises and digital jobs. Nevertheless, the nature, speed and scale of the impact in developing contexts, is uncertain. 

What the future of work means for young people’s social and economic opportunity in particular, is a topic of critical importance. Demographics alone tell us that we cannot address the challenges and opportunities associated with a changing world of work without the inclusion of young people. According to the ILO, in 2016 the number of young people unemployed globally reached nearly 71 million. Among youth who are engaged in economic activities, nearly 156 million, or 37.7 percent of working youth, live in extreme or moderate poverty (compared to 26 percent of working adults). This is especially true in emerging or developing countries.  The economic and social impacts of a changing world of work have significant implications for the world’s young people, and particularly for those who already face significant barriers. 

What is also evident is that the future of work will offer both positive and negative potential outcomes for different types of young people depending on factors such as age, gender, level of education, geography, etc. The term “future” is also misleading as many of these economic changes have already happened or are occurring so quickly that educators, implementers, employers, policy makers, and young people themselves, struggle to keep pace.

The 2017 Summit agenda will acknowledge the big global trends associated with “the future of work” and explore how the demographic, structural, and technical impacts of these changes impact young people in developing contexts. The Summit agenda will also incorporate a focus on critical cross-cutting social and environmental factors such as gender, conflict, and rural development, among others. 

To view the full agenda, click here.


September 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am
September 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Marriott Crystal Gateway
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA United States


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