Population and Development Report

Youth in the ESCWA Region - Situation Analysis and Implications for Development Policies

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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 fourth edition of this Report is issued as one of the work programme activities of the Population and Social Development Section. These activities stress the importance to treat youth as a distinct sociodemographic group that needs to be targeted by specific national policies.



Theoretical framework

The United Nations defines youth as people aged between 15 and 24 years. This working definition was adopted for practical statistical reasons, since, in most cases, available country data involves distribution of population over five-year age groups. As such, this definition does not imply any prejudice to other definitions adopted by member countries of the United Nations based on social, cultural, economic, institutional and political factors. However, it is preferable to adopt a common definition to facilitate comparison among countries and within the same country over time.


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