Countries urged to reap the "demographic dividend"

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Babatunde Osotimehin. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Governments around the world have been urged to take advantage of what has been described as "a demographic dividend" of declining fertility by investing in young people to ensure sustainable development.

The call was made on Monday by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dr. Osotimehin told the General Assembly that the world now has the largest generation of young people it has ever known or seen.

"There can be no talk of sustainable development without adequate investments in their health, their education and employment, without empowering them, equipping them with skills, agency and resilience. Declining fertility rates are providing low and middle income countries with a window of opportunity to realize a demographic dividend. Yet, many young people are excluded from development efforts."(24")

Dr. Osotimehin noted that today 40 per cent of the world's unemployed are young people.

He added that 60 per cent of all the young people in the developing world are without work or not studying and those who work are in irregular employment.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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