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World Youth Report 2005

Young People Today, and in 2015

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More than 500 million youths worldwide live on less than $2 a day, 113 million are not in school, 88 million are unemployed and 10 million have HIV/AIDS, all significant challenges for reaching the 2015 goals of reducing poverty by half, increasing literacy, and improving the health of people around the world. Amid this grim picture portrayed in the World Youth Report 2005, there are positive signs. Since 1995, the number of children completing primary school has continued to increase, while the current generation is the best educated in history.

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Introduction

For at least the post 40 years, the General Assembly of the United Nations has had a tradition of using the start of another decade of its existence to draw oftention to the fvfure leaders of he world: young people. At its fwentieth session in 1965, he General Assembly adopted he Declaration on the Promotion among Youth of the Ideals of Peace, Mutual Respect and Understanding between Peoples. In 1975, it issued guidelines on three basic themes in the field of youth: participation, development and peace. The General Assembly proclaimed 1985 International Youth Year as it celebrated its fortieth anniversaw and ten years late it agreed on the first global blueprint for youth policy: the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2OOO and Beyond.

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