Global Youth Development Indicators

At its sixtieth session, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 60/2 [PDF, 110 KB], which requests the United Nations Secretariat, in collaboration with other relevant United Nations programmes and agencies, to establish a broad set of indicators related to youth.

Governments and other actors may then choose to use these indicators to monitor the situation of young people in relation to the priority areas identified in the World Programme of Action, as well as five new areas of concern to young people: globalization, HIV/AIDS, ICTs, conflict and intergenerational issues.

In December 2005, the Youth Programme of UN DESA held an International Expert Meeting on Youth Development Indicators, which brought together experts and regional representatives, youth organizations, United Nations Agencies and intergovernmental organizations to compile a draft set of indicators that could be used to monitor and measure youth development over time.

UNESCO’s Programme for Youth, in cooperation with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, identified and presented key indicators on education and young people.

UNESCO’s Office in Brasilia shared its experience with the Youth Development Index (YDI), a new tool designed to measure the living conditions of young people. The three-dimensional index includes data on literacy, the number of students in high school and higher education and the quality of teaching, as well as mortality rates and family per capita income. It was first used in the Youth Development Report 2003, which monitors public policies on youth in Brazil’s twenty-seven states.

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