World Youth Report 2018

Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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This biennial flagship report examines and provides insights into the role of young people in sustainable development in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and related frameworks, including the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). It delves into the role the 2030 Agenda can play in enhancing youth development efforts, including how evidence-based youth policies can help accelerate youth-related objectives. The Report includes an annex with data concerning young people at the global and regional levels for Sustainable Development Goals indicators as well as WPAY indicators.




THE Goals, targets and indicators associated with the 2030 Agenda offer increased opportunities to advance youth development objectives in the context of social, economic and environmental sustainable development efforts. When coupled with strong policy frameworks for advancing youth development—incorporating both targeted youth policies and the mainstreaming of youth issues—the new development landscape offers innumerable opportunities for young people to thrive. For youth-related development objectives to be realized, however, much more is needed in terms of financial support, data collection and analysis, agreed standards of measurement, and targeted interventions. In the areas of education and employment, persistent deficiencies and disparities in data availability and development indicators are impeding progress on the achievement of the objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda and complementary frameworks.


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