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#YouthStats: Public and Civic Participation

· Young people are not at the center of political decision making even though almost half the world’s population is under 30 years old. [UNDP, 2013, http://bit.ly/1dd2a2L]  

· Globally, less than 6% of the parliamentarians are under 35 years old [UNDP, Fast Facts: Civic Engagement and Participation of Youth in Politics and Public Institutions, 2014, p.1, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/results/fast_facts/Fast-Facts-youth-civic-engagement-and-participation/]

· Globally, less than 2 per cent of parliamentarians are under 30 years old. [SDG indicator 16.7.1; Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2016: Youth participation in national parliaments, 2016, http://goo.gl/A83XGf]

· The average age in parliament in 53 years old. [UNDP, 2013, http://bit.ly/1dd2a2L]   

· Only 1.65% of parliamentarians around the world are in their 20’s and for a third of countries, eligibility for national parliament starts at 25 years old. [UNDP, 2013, http://bit.ly/1dd2a2L]  

· Voter turnout among 18-25 year olds continues to be lower than other age groups [UNDP, Fast Facts: Civic Engagement and Participation of Youth in Politics and Public Institutions, 2014, p.1, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/results/fast_facts/Fast-Facts-youth-civic-engagement-and-participation/]

· 2 out of 3 countries DO NOT consult young people as a part of the process of preparing poverty reduction strategies or national development plans. [The Global Youth Call “Prioritizing Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/The_Global_Youth_Call.pdf]

 

Source:

http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/YouthStatsPublicandCivicParticipation1.pdf

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