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.



Overview: Priorities for global youth policies

This introduction is provided to create a general context for the different chapters in the publication. It focuses on four particular areas, including the normative basis of global youth policy, the meaning of youth as a transitional concept, the reasons for considering global issues specifically in terms of how they relate to youth, and current trends emerging in the global youth policy discourse. This chapter also reviews the history of United nations youth themes and priorities, explains how the World Programme of Action for Youth functions as a policy framework, and outlines the prospects for, and possibilities deriving from, a global youth policy.


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