World Youth Report 2007

Young People’s Transition to Adulthood - Progress and Challenges

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Today’s young people are the best educated generation of youth in history. However, the World Youth Report 2007 argues that for many young people, the transition to adulthood is slowed down by poverty and their inability to find decent work. The Report provides an in-depth look at key issues of concern to youth in the major regions of the world and points out that because of social and cultural constraints, many young people are excluded from accessing quality education, decent employment, health and other resources and services. The Report emphasizes that policymakers must focus not only on developing young people’s capacities through greater investment in areas such as education, health and skills training, but they must also provide and protect opportunities for young people to participate in development as a matter of priority. For the first time, the Report introduces a statistical annex that provides data on youth development indicators.



Statistical annex

Since the adoption of the World Programme of Action for Youth in 1995, Governments, the international community, civil society and other actors have increasingly recognized the importance of investing in youth, and many have joined with youth-led organisations to address key constraints to youth development. While the World Programme of Action for Youth has been instrumental in guiding the formulation and implementation of national youth policies, assessing the impact of interventions and investments made in youth development remains difficult because youth-related age-disaggregated data are not always available. Where these data do exist, they are often part of a larger compilation on other population groups and youth-specific issues and trends remain hidden or are glossed over.


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