ROME, Italy, 10 August 2012 – Today's generation of young people, defined by the United Nations as those aged 15 to 24, is the largest in history. In the developing world as a whole, they make up on average 20 per cent of the population. Given such numbers, the potential of youth for economic development and social progress is practically boundless. Yet it remains largely untapped in rural areas, where many young people continue to abandon agriculture as a profession and migrate to cities due to lacklustre educational and employment opportunities.
Young people and their organizations need supportive partners in order to maximize their potential. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, "To unleash the power of young people, we need to partner with them." In keeping with that sentiment, the UN is using this year'sInternational Youth Day, 12 August, as a springboard to advance partnerships with youth.
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