STATEMENT

  • 89% of the world’s Youth population live in developing economies

  • 56% of employed Youth remain poor, according to the criteria of US$1.90 per day

  • By 2025, 42% of the world’s population will be below the age of 25

There are currently 1.2 billion Youth aged between 15 and 24 years old in the world. 550 million of them are living below the poverty threshold of US$1.90 per day, malnourished, victims of violence and abuse… In 2025, their numbers will reach 1 billion.

Today’s youth are faced with a growing deficit of decent work opportunities and high levels of economic and social uncertainty.

For example in the Philippines, 25% of the entire population live in situation of poverty (less than 120 Php per day), and 12% in extreme poverty (less than 60 Php per day), which means more than 12 million people.

Moreover, the average age in the Philippines is 23,4 years old. Among this very young population, a lot of young Filipino adults are struggling every day to find a decent job and find money for their food.

"Youth rarely get a mention in national poverty reduction strategies, and investment in Youth is seldom seen as essential for the promotion of sustainable development."

Text in italics come from the International Labour Organization report “Global Employment Trends for Youth”, Geneva, October 2006

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