Africa Climate Week

Abidjan, 6 December – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has warned that the persistent issue of youth unemployment in Africa is “a time bomb that could explode any time” if nothing is done. The United Nations Labour body is convening a meeting with all African Labour Ministers, experts and labour activists, to find ways of creating a roadmap for decent work on the continent. While unemployment numbers among the youth remain an obstacle, ILO experts warn that “lack of political will” by governments is at the forefront of all causes. “The issue of youth unemployment in Africa is like a time bomb that is yet to explode if there is nothing done. There is still lack of political will to solve this,” warned Sukti Dasgupta, Chief Employment and Labour Markets Branch at ILO. The three-day 14th African Regional Meeting, which started on Tuesday, December 3 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, brings together the ILO’s tripartite constituents representing governments, workers and employers from 54 African countries. IDA attendance.

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