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.



Youth employment

YOUTH employment and economic empowerment are essential components of a strong foundation in any society. Having decent work is crucial for young people and their future, but it also has a domino effect on local communities, countries and the world as a whole. The present challenge lies in simultaneously creating jobs for the bulging youth population and addressing related concerns such as the skills mismatch, working poverty, and the suboptimal school-to-work transition situation, especially in the developing world. Disadvantaged youth often benefit most from the creation of new opportunities, skills training, microcredit provision, support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and investments in education, all of which contribute to providing the knowledge and tools needed to be competitive in the international labour market.


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