Population and Development Report, Issue No. 5

Youth Exclusion in the ESCWA Region - Demographic, Economic, Educational and Cultural Factors

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This publication is one of a series of analytical Reports issued by the Population and Social Development Section of the Social Development Division at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It aims to deepen knowledge of the interrelation between population and development issues. The fifth edition of this Report focuses on the millions of young people in the ESCWA member countries suffering multifaceted exclusion, which impede life progress of young people and reduce their integration in society. Expeditious short and medium term interventions within declared powerful youth policies guided by the World Program of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond and best international practices are needed for national and regional development.



National youth policies in the ESCWA region

In recent years, a number of ESCWA member countries have secured achievements in integrating young people, in education, training and employment; in protecting them, improving their health and living conditions; in eliminating discrimination against them; and in promoting their participation. Yet, in many countries the young still suffer from multifaceted exclusion and marginalization, which disrupts the development of national capacities, limits the prospects of such development, and threatens national security and stability. How could exclusion of young people in the countries of the region be addressed to ensure the wider participation of youth in development and the utilization of demographic dividends? What are the foundations of policies designed to eliminate exclusion of young people and enable them to take advantage of their manifold abilities and potentialities?


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