Unemployment and under-employment among younger people remains a significant global challenge, with an estimated 71 million young people unemployed worldwide and 156 million young workers currently living in poverty, around 43% of economically active young people.

Mobile communications and digital technology have begun to transform every aspect of life at home and work for hundreds of millions of people. However, advancements in technology are also having negative societal consequences with robotics and artificial intelligence automating many more categories of jobs, reducing the number of employment opportunities and potentially changing the nature of work itself.