Youth employment and entrepreneurship in Asia-Pacific: Lessons for a human centered recovery

06 October 2021 - 06 October 2021

This webinar is co-organized by partners of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in collaboration with the ILO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It aims to facilitate knowledge sharing among policymakers, researchers, practitioners and other key stakeholders towards the promotion of effective youth employment and entrepreneurship interventions in the COVID-19 recovery.


The webinar focuses on the policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis relevant to youth employment and entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific, and explores the opportunities, lessons and implications to strengthen support to youth employment for a human-centred recovery.

  • Improve understanding about policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis relevant to youth employment and entrepreneurship.
  • Learn about various innovative and effective youth employment initiatives led by governments, social partners and other key stakeholders to improve youth labour market prospects in the crisis recovery.
  • Explore opportunities, lessons and priorities to strengthen support to youth employment at regional and country-level.


  • Ms Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, ILO
  • Mr. Christophe Bahuet, Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub, UNDP
  • Mr Felix Weidenkaff, Employment Specialist, ILO
  • Ms Dominique Rubia Tutay, Assistant Secretary, Employment and General Administration Cluster, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippines
  • Ms Nicole Anne K. Parreño, Vice Chair, International Trade Union Confederation - Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) Youth Committee
  • Mr Watesoni Nata, Chair of the Young Entrepreneurs Council (YEC), Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF)
  • Mr Paul Vandenberg, Senior Economist, Economic Research and Operations Support Division, ERCD, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Mr Savinda Ranathunga, Regional Youth Project Manager, UNDP


  • Ms Sukti Dasgupta, Chief of the Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch, ILO

The event brought together over 230 policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders from across the region to share knowledge, lessons and priorities. 

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