The latest edition of the UN Population Fund’s State of the World Population report focuses on the largest generation of young people in history. Investing in the health and education of the 1.8 billion future leaders between 10 and 24 years is not only a recognition of their rights, but an imperative for global development.
Healthy and empowered young people, especially girls, have the potential to enable a “demographic dividend” for some countries – economic growth that results from declines in mortality and fertility rates. It is this potential that must be harnessed and realized as the global Sustainable Development Goals are being defined.
Join us at the Wilson Center for a panel discussion about the report, which calls for investments in young people to be at the center of a new development framework.