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01 Jul 2013
The joint UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) – Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Global Alliance for Sustainable Employment (GASTE) was launched at a signing ceremony.
New Horizons - The launch took place during the conference on the “Private Sector’s Role in Vocational Training – Lessons Learned from Turkey.”
What is Global Alliance?
The Global Alliance will bring together international partners and stakeholders to research and promote new approaches for skills development with an emphasis on private sector-led vocational training.
The conference was attended by international partners representing governments, private sector and international organizations.
UNDP Resident Representative Kamal Malhotra also gave a keynote address in the conference.
During his speech, Malhotra emphasized the importance of the Global Alliance being formally institutionalized and the role it can play in exposing countries in transition to the excellent models of technical education and skills development.
Importance of conducting studies on smoother transition from school to training to employment
After the signing ceremony, three panels took place two of which are on the topics of “Private Sector in Vocational Training” and “Lessons-Learned from Turkish Private Sector Initiatives in Vocational Education and Training”.
The panels gave the opportunity for presenting models in respective topics.
During the first panel Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, joined the panel from New York by a video call.
Prof. Sachs discussed the problem of unemployment which is becoming more complicated due to the changing nature of the labor force.
He also stressed the important role IICPSD can play in conducting studies on how to facilitate a smoother transition from school to training to employment.
The final panel titled “Next Steps: Building an Alliance for Sustainable Employment” gave the opportunity for five experts to discuss the prospects of the Global Alliance.
The conference concluded with optimism from various high-level representatives of the governments participating about their willingness in joining the Global Alliance and marking it as a positive step forward for the development of private sector-led vocational training in their respective countries.