WORLD YOUTH REPORT: YOUTH AND THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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WORLD YOUTH REPORT: YOUTH AND THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
2018 :: 252 pages ISBN: 978-92-1-130349-0 eISBN: 978-92-1-363256-7

THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN ADAPTING THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TO NATIONAL AND LOCAL CONTEXTS
Institutional and structural synergies and integration at the local and national levels are essential for meeting the objectives embodied in the 2030 Agenda. Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals will require working not only horizontally across policy sectors and 4 The priority areas are education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment, substance abuse, juvenile justice,
leisure-time activities, girls and young women, full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making, globalization, information and communication technologies, HIV/AIDS, armed conflict, and intergenerational issues…

STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT
The Report comprises six substantive chapters:

Chapter I provides an overview of global youth population trends and their implications, the role of youth in relation to the 2030 Agenda, and how youth are referenced in the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Chapter II explores the area of youth education, outlining opportunities and challenges for young people and policymakers. The chapter details aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals that pertain to education—with particular emphasis on Goal 4 (quality education)—and examines related targets. This chapter also explores the multidimensional issues surrounding education and how they impact youth, with special attention given to disparities in education; the rights-based approach to education; education challenges for young women, youth with disabilities, migrant youth and youth
affected by conflict; entrepreneurship education; and financing education.

Chapter III explores the area of youth employment, highlighting development challenges and opportunities for young people and policymakers. The chapter focuses on aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals pertaining to employment, looking specifically at Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth), and examines the relevant targets. This chapter also explores global and regional
trends and priorities such as underemployment, formal versus informal work, entrepreneurship, and disguised employment; it further considers employment challenges specific to youth living in poverty, youth with disabilities, young women, youth in conflict and post-conflict settings, and young migrants.

Chapter IV explores the nexus between the youth education and employment issues addressed in chapters II and III. It specifically examines those areas in the context of the transition from school to work, providing a set of case studies on skills development targeting marginalized and vulnerable youth. It also explores the human development approach to youth education and employment.

Chapter V examines the key elements of youth policies and their role in advancing youth development objectives in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Special emphasis is given to the importance of accurate, timely and high-quality age-disaggregated data for the development of evidence-based youth policymaking. The chapter considers how enhanced efforts to ensure the collection of such data, including data on marginalized and vulnerable youth, can be undertaken through statistical and data system capacity-building, public-private partnerships, and support for youth-led data collection and use. It also addresses issues related to defining and interpreting indicators, and provides an in-depth analysis of indicators associated with both the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Programme of Action for Youth.

Chapter VI moves to the concrete aspects of implementing the 2030 Agenda, analysing the role young people have and can play at the local and national levels. It sets out a series of principles to help guide such engagement, while highlighting, including through case studies, the many ways young people are contributing to the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda through engagement in awareness-raising, policymaking and data collection, as well as through participation in national and international review processes.

A concluding chapter summarizes and synthesizes the key messages put forward in the Report. A statistical annex presents the most recent data available on the 90 youth-related indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals and the 34 core indicators for the World Programme of Action for Youth.

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Press Release
World Youth Report: Addressing the complex challenges facing young people today
20 February 2019, New York
Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population. The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration…

In education, 142 million youth of upper secondary age are out of school. In employment, 71 million young people are unemployed; and millions more are in precarious or informal work. Disparities within and between countries in education and employment among youth are stark, with gender, poverty, rurality, disability, and migrant/refugee status all being major elements of disadvantage. For instance, about 156 million youth in low- and middle-income countries are working poor (ILO), while almost 30 per cent of the poorest 12- to 14-year old have never attended school…