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Fostering a Global Spirit of Youth Enterprise

— theme: Youth Enterprise
— country: Global
— type: Project Documents

Youth Business International, 2008 - Preparatory Briefing Paper for Delegates of the Global Forum on Youth Entrepreneurship - It is projected that by 2015 there will be three billion people in the world under 25 years of age.3 These young people will play a crucial role in the world’s ability or failure to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Well-educated, healthy and productive young people who are actively engaged in their communities offer one of our greatest hopes for creating a more secure, and prosperous future. At present, this potential is not being met globally. Young people are currently about three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population. Many lack access to decent education, employment options or entrepreneurial opportunities. Unless tackled as a matter of urgency by leaders in all sectors – government, business and civil society - this growing deficit of work opportunities is likely to lead to increasing social instability and economic insecurity.

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