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State of the Urban Youth Report 2012/2013:Youth in the Prosperity of Cities Report

Author: Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka
Organisation: UN-Habitat
Publish Date: 2012
Country: Global
Sector: Economic
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Employment
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Unemployment, Youth unemployment, Youth bulge, Demographic dynamics, Policies, Prosperity, Prosperous cities

At a time when the global economy is looking for paths to recovery and seeking innovative, ideas to rejuvenate itself, young people may offer the best hope. The events of the Arab Spring demonstrated that youth can be a powerful social force for positive change. The unexpected nature of these events, point to an underlying problem that afflicts youth in all corners of our world. The question is, why, in an increasingly urbanised world, are young people underappreciated by many governments and not at the forefront of economic activity and innovation? The increasing prominence of the youth bulge in most urban areas presents a unique opportunity, as they represent the most dynamic human resource available. Their numbers today are larger than at any point in human history. Yet this group suffers the most from urban unemployment and often feels that they lack equal access to opportunities. This is especially acute in developing countries, which have a relatively youthful population that must be mobilised to realise greater economic and social development goals.
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