The World Has More Young People Than Ever; What Does Their Future Hold? Not A Lot
Of the 7.3 billion people on the planet today, 1.8 billion, including 600 million girls, are between the ages of 10 and 24, a never before demographic, says a new report from the United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA.
“Never before have there been so many young people,” the report says. “Never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress. How we meet the needs and aspirations of young people will define our common future.”
Most of the 1.8 billion live in the developing world. India has the highest with 356 million, followed by China at 269 million, Indonesia with 67 million young, the United States with 65 million, Pakistan with 59 million, Nigeria with 57 million, Brazil with 51 million, and Bangladesh with 48 million.
In some countries, especially the poorer ones, the growth of the youth population is outpacing the growth of the economy and outstripping the capacities of institutions charged with providing them basic services, the report says.
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