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Expert Group Meeting on Adolescents, Youth and Development
New York, 21- 22 July 2011

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There are nearly 1.2 billion people aged 15 to 24 in the world today. While the number of young people has been declining in the more developed regions since it peaked around 1980, it has been increasing in the less developed regions and is expected to continue to grow during the next few decades. The size of the successive cohorts of young people has implications for the demand for education and health, the supply of labour as they enter the labour market, and can constitute a dynamic force of political change and social transformations.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming the year commencing on 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth, as a means to promote dialogue and mutual understanding across generations. Furthermore, the United Nations Commission on Population and Development decided that the theme of its forty-fifth session, to be held in 2012, will be “Adolescents and youth”, as part of the actions to follow up the recommendations of the International Conference on Population and Development. This expert group meeting is convened considering these mandates and will bring together experts from different regions of the world to present and discuss research on two broad themes: demographic dynamics of adolescents and youth and socio-economic development.

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