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Youth and the Millennium Development Goals

Research Report

Global Youth Action Network

Publication Date
April 1, 2005

October 8, 2008



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Young people ages 15 to 24 make up 1.2 billion of the world's human capital. Around the world, many of them are already making contributions to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and their work should be further acknowledged and strengthened. Increasingly, youth are recognized as key participants in decision-making and development, as reflected in the growing presence of non-governmental youth organizations and the upsurge of youth advisory boards and committees to international institutions and programs. Yet building the capacity of and creating sustained partnerships with young people are crucial strategies to achieveing the MDGs that have not been fully realized by the international community.

This paper aims to provide an overbiew of youth participation as it currently exists, to outline the ways in which youth are directly affected by each Goal, to demonstrate how young people are contributing to the MDGs, and to provide 'Options for Action' that governments, the United Nations system, donors and other actors can harness, support, and scale-up in order to support young people in making significant contributions to achieving the MDGs.

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Global Youth Action Network

GYAN works to: :: facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; :: support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and to :: provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.