Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC)

United Nations Joint Programme:

Growth with Decent Work for All

United Nations Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya” (UN Joint Programme) that aims to  reduce youth unemployment and increase the participation of young women in the labour force ends. The closure meeting of the Joint Programme took place in Ankara on November 22.

Among the participants of the Joint Programme were Mr. Namık Ata- Acting Undersecretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ms. Susanne Hoffmann-  International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Mr. Shahid Najam- UN Resident Coordinator and Mr. Nusret Yazısı-General Director of Turkish Employment Organization (İŞKUR). 

The UN Joint Programme was launched at the end of 2009 and funded by the MDG Achievement Fund entrusted to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) by the Government of Spain, in cooperation with İŞKUR and United Nations Organisations namely ILO, IOM (International Organization for Migration), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations) and UNDP.

The UN Joint Programme realized activities both national and local levels within the frame of  “decent work” and social integraiton. The Joint  Programme worked for adopting and implementing the employment policies for the benefit of youth and the poor.

During the closure meeting the outcomes and the sustainability strategy of the Joint Programme were shared with the participants by the Joint Programme Manager Bülent Açıkgöz and İŞKUR Employment Expert Özkan Öztürk. The afternoon session of the meeting focused on “Youth Employment Challenge of Turkey: The Way Forward for Integrated Policies”. The speakers of this session were Ümit Deniz Efendioğlu (ILO Turkey Director), Matilda Dimovska (UNDP Turkey Deputy Resident Representative),  Stjepan Tanic (FAO Europe and Central Asia Regional Office Senior Expert), Meera Sethi (IOM Turkey Chief of Mission) and Gökhan Güder (Ministry of Development, Employment and Working Life Unit).

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