Youth Empowerment

Youth Empowerment is key for sustainable development: With more than 1.8 billion people between the ages of 15 and 35 worldwide – a quarter of the global population – we have the largest generation of young persons the world has ever known. Already today, youth make up 37% of the global working-age population, but account for 60% of the total unemployed. Youth Empowerment and harnessing this demographic dividend (growing size of the working-age population) is the key for countries to thrive in a way that recognizes the needs of future generations.

Laws and policies that foster enabling environments for youth so that they can develop their full potential, realize their dreams, and contribute to the success of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals are therefore crucial.

Despite their drive and achievements, the contribution of young people to society is often not recognized, nor are they adequately invested or included in decision-making processes. At the same time, young people face high unemployment and discrimination, and often lack access to education. The climate crisis and environmental degradation will impact their future tremendously. Hence it is time that we step up our political action for more youth empowerment!

Read more on our World Future Council Website!

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