Policies which focus on the needs of the world’s growing population of young people are an important part of future development efforts, according to an expert on youth issues.

A global forum has opened in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday to take stock of what has been done and what needs to be done to progress youth policies around the world.

Cristina Bacalso, is a senior analyst at youthpolicy.org, an organisation which publishes data and analysis on global youth issues.

Basma Bitar-Baghal talked to Ms Bacalso about the forum she is attending. To listen to the full broadcast, visit the UN Radio website.