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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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Gender dimensions of youth affected by armed conflict

International interest in the situation of youth affected by armed conflict has increased in recent years alongside growing attention to the situation of children affected by armed conflict. The almost universally ratified Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols, as well as the reports on children and armed conflict prepared by Graf a Machel for the United nations, have focused global attention on children and war. There have been a number of promising developments in working with youth in conflict and post-conflict settings, ranging from initiatives supporting youth civic participation and leadership to programmes addressing youth health, education and economic development. Toung people and those working on their behalf have urgently called for more systematic and integrated support of youth rights and capacities, including efforts to bridge major gender divides (including economic, legal and social divides).

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