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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.

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Implications for development policies

National youth policy may be defined as the provisions issued by official bodies on the position of the country vis-à-vis youth issues. Such a policy is built upon an in-depth study of the situation of young people in the country concerned, in order to identify the problems they face and their education, employment, health and participation in public life priorities. As a result, goals and objectives for improving the lot of young people and enabling them to participate in and benefit from the development process are set, and quantitative and qualitative indicators are developed to help track progress in implementation.

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