The UN have recently published a report titled, World Youth Report: Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report explores the important role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs by 2030.
“Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population.” The report went on to state, “The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration.”
The publication focuses on two of the SDGs in particular and how they relate to youth. Firstly SDG 4 Quality Education and secondly SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, both of which the UN states are key to the development of the “largest generation of youth that the world has seen.”
Importantly, the report highlights disparities both within and between countries when it comes to education and employment stating that the differences “are stark, with gender, poverty, rurality, disability, and migrant/refugee status all being major elements of disadvantage.”