The Forum is being held from February 8-10 under the theme "Promoting decent work for youths. New capabilities for new jobs", and participants include government ministers and other high ranking officials from a dozen countries of the region and Europe, as well as representatives of international organizations.
The low participation of youths in the labour market could be good sign if that meant they were in school instead, among youths in the lowest quintile, almost 25% - particularly women -are neither economically active nor students. Among youths in the highest quintile, only 7% are in a similar situation. The consequences of this low participation in the labour market are multiple, and range from low current and future incomes and prolonging inequality and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, to the misuse of public resources invested in education and social disintegration.
The conclusions and recommendations of the Forum will be delivered to the Heads of State and Government that will gather for the VI LAC-EU Summit to take place in Madrid on May 18 this year under the theme "Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion."
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