Youth Need to Adapt to the Evolving Landscape

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There are over 1 billion young people (aged 15-24) in the world today, which amounts to some 18% of the world’s total population.

Youth is viewed as a very specific stage between childhood and adulthood, when people have to negotiate a complex interplay of both personal and socio-economic changes in order to move the ‘transition’ from dependence to independence, take effective control of their own lives and assume social commitments.

Globally, young people account for about 50% of unemployment – even discounting older youth in the 25-29 years category. Unemployment rates for these younger youth are over three times as high as they are among adults.

Young people can only commit themselves to active participation and full integration in society when they find ‘enabling’ environments for the fulfilment of their civic potential and when their actual needs and conditions are taken into account.

Comprehensive national youth policies that foster this ‘enabling’ condition and ensure the full rights of youth as members of society, are in many countries among the most recent types of public policy.

Consequently, there is a great demand for the sharing of experience in formulation, implementation and best practice as concerns strategies for youth participation and involvement.

The formulation and implementation of integrated, cross-sectoral youth policies formulated with a long-term vision and in cooperation with young people is a challenging, but indispensable task.

The youth population will need to be proactive and dynamic in order to adapt to the evolving landscape of the market economy.

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