NewsUNICEF The Cesty Pledge: Employment that Empowers Refugee Youth

Refugee youth face a trade-off between low-skill work to sustain basic needs now and continuing education and training to build skills for the future. Disruption in skills development now will have life-long consequences.

This pledge is a call to action for private sector companies to support 15-24 year-old refugees to pursue their aspirations. Our ambition is that all youth are on a pathway to continued education or professional opportunities, and the impacts of forced displacement does not result in lifelong negative impacts in terms of learning and earning. The private sector can have an important role to play in addressing this challenge through its regular operations, e.g. hiring and professional development.