The General Assembly has adopted a number of resolutions on youth, recognizing that young people are both a major resource for development and key agents for social change, economic development and technological innovation.

In 1985, the United Nations proclaimed the International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace, resolution A/RES/39/22, in order to focus attention on concern for and relating to youth.

The United Nations recognizes the profound importance of the direct participation of youth in shaping the future of mankind. It supports activities to strengthen policy-making and programme planning capacities for youth and to encourage research, training, data collection, and evaluation of technical information on youth issues.

World Programme of Action for Youth

The World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond (A/RES/50/81) was adopted in 1995 to draw attention to the important role young people play in society. It identified ten priorities:

  1. Education
  2. Employment
  3. Hunger and poverty
  4. Health
  5. Environment
  6. Drug abuse
  7. Juvenile delinquency
  8. Leisure time activities
  9. Girls and young women
  10. The full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making.

It urged government ministers and ministers responsible for youth and leaders of non-governmental youth organizations to meet on a regular basis at global youth conferences, the so called World Youth Forum.

UN Focal Point on Youth

The Focal Point on Youth, UN Programme on Youth, falls within the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Its mandate is based on the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY).

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