The World Youth Report (WYR) is a biennially recurring flagship publication of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD). The Report addresses youth development issues around the world
World Youth Reports:
2015: Youth Civic Engagement
The 2015 World Youth Report explores young people’s participation in economic, political and community life, in response to growing interest in, and an increased policy focus on, youth civic engagement among governments, young people and researchers. Download the PDF Report.
2013: Youth and Migration
The 2013 World Youth Report offers a broad understanding of the situation of young migrants from the perspective of young migrants themselves. The report highlights some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants based on their own lives and told in their own voices. Download the PDF Report.
2011: Youth Employment: Youth Perspectives on the Pursuit of Decent Work in Changing Times
The 2011 World Youth Report explores the transition of young people from schools and training institutions into the labour market, a phase marking a critical period in the life cycle. Download the PDF Report.
2010: The Youth and Climate Change
The 2010 World Youth Report focus on youth and climate change, and is intended to highlight the important role young people play in addressing climate change, and to offer suggestions on how young people might be more effectively integrated as individuals and collective agents of change within the realm of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
2007: Young People’s Transition to Adulthood: Progress and Challenges
The 2007 World Youth Report examines the challenges and opportunities existing for the roughly 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world. Distinct from the 2003 and 2005 editions, it provides a regional overview summarizing the major youth development trends in the fifteen priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth.
2005: Young people today, and in 2015
The 2005 World Youth Report called for a renewed commitment to the goals of the World Programme of Action, since over 200 million youth were living in poverty, 130 million youth were illiterate, 88 million were unemployed and 10 million young people were living with HIV/AIDS.
2003: The global situation of young people
The 2003 World Youth Report provides an overview of the global situation of young people. The first 10 chapters focus on the priority areas identified by the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), adopted by the General Assembly in 1995. The remaining five chapters address some of the newer issues that were later identified as additional priorities for youth and were adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2003.