World Youth Report 2003

The Global Situation of Young People

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World Youth Report 2003 provides an overview of the global situation of young people. It explores the hope, ambition and potential that exist in our youth today, while at the same time examining the elements of vulnerability, danger and lost opportunities that are faced by the same group. In doing so it highlights the major challenges and opportunities that face today’s youth and reviews the key global youth issues. Some of the important topics covered in this valuable resource include: education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, HIV/AIDS, conflict prevention, information and communication technologies (ICT) and girls and young women. All these topics were discussed at the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Global Priorities for Youth held in Helsinki, in October 2002.



Youth and conflict

This chapter is divided into five sections. Following the definition of relevant terms, the social, economic, political, health-related, psychological and cultural dimensions of conflict are explored and the frequent failure of preventive measures highlight’ ed. Recent United Nations and other international instruments addressing the issue of conflict prevention and peace-building are then examined. A case study of Sierra Leone details the various elements of conflict as well as efforts to achieve and sustain peace, and recommendations that may help to deter future conflicts are presented. A conclusion offers a summary of the chapter’s main points and an overall assessment of developments relating to youth and conflict.


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