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 education

ALL youth have a right to education. While education must not be reduced to considerations of youth livelihoods and transitions to the world of work, it is widely accepted that this is a major aspect of youth education. Globally, efforts towards universal education in recent decades saw the years of primary school enrolment increase and lead to the demand for secondary schooling. However, secondary and tertiary enrolment remains low in many developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Inadequate infrastructure, lack of opportunities, and affordability and accessibility concerns characterize many educational systems in those regions. Elsewhere, many education and training systems are not adequately preparing students to meet the demands of a globalized world. Insufficient and/or poor-quality education, training and employment exacerbate the social and economic vulnerability of youth.


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