In this resolution, the 3rd ITUC-AP Regional Conference welcomes that the youth trade union movement in the region showed steady and substantial progress for the past four years. It reaffirms the fact that the youth are keys to the future advancement of the trade union movement, promotion of just development, and realization of a stable and inclusive society. Furthermore, ensuring the engagement of the youth leads to better policy formation, implementation, and evaluation as interventions will have greater ownership and legitimacy amongst youth.
Likewise, the Conference reaffirms its determination to support youth truly in need of trade unions as they are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. High youth unemployment is alarming - the regional average ratio of youth to total unemployment rates stood at 2.3 in 2012, and what official statistics tell could be the tip of the iceberg. Therefore, the Conference endorses the ITUC-AP Youth Charter 2015-2019 and commits the ITUC-AP working with affiliates and the GUFs to promote actions around the four thematic areas: Area 1: increase young people’s access to quality jobs, Area 2: promote decent working conditions for young working men and women, Area 3: raise special attention to social isolation of youth at risk, and Area 4: more youth in the mainstream of the trade union movement.