Young Latin Americans welcome future with optimism, but demand less corruption, poverty and violence

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Young people in Latin America, Portugal and Spain are optimistic about their future—two out of three believe that in five years they will be better off than they are now—, according to the 1st Ibero-American Youth Survey, presented in Madrid.

The first study ever conducted with youth in 20 countries, with over 20,000 interviews, revealed that young people aged 15-29 are more optimistic about their own capacity than their surrounding environment.

The research shows that violence and insecurity are the main problems for young Latin Americans, a unanimous response in nearly all countries. Substance abuse (Brazil), unemployment (Central) or the economy (Portugal and Spain) are also among the top concerns, says the survey developed by the Organization of Ibero-American Youth with major development banks in Latin America and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), among other partners.

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Heraldo Munoz said “Measuring young people’s expectations is critical to the region, especially now that Latin America is experiencing an increasing number of youth-led street protests”.

He said “In our survey young people in the region are voicing the same messages they convey from the streets: they expect more in terms of reduced corruption, violence, poverty and inequality”.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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