World Youth Report 2005

World Youth Report 2005Young people today, and in 2015

The year 2005 marks ten years since the General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth in 1995. This report, an official report to the General Assembly, called for a renewed committment 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.

In the World Youth Report 2005, it is argued that too often, youth policy is driven by negative stereotypes of young people, including delinquency, drug abuse and violence. What seems to be forgotten is that young people are a positive force for development, peace, and democracy.

Read what happened at the Press Conference or see archived webcast of the special event to launch WYR2005 and the press briefing or listen to a UN Radio Programme.

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World Youth Report 2005: Report of the Secretary-General (A/60/61)