by the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development
“Youth” has the advantage of being one of the few concepts with dual meaning in policy, research and practice. It is recognized as both a life stage and a group of individuals with specific characteristics and considerable demographic evolution and strength. As such, applying a youth development lens on SDG4 implies a dual recognition that:
- Youth development is a policy area and a policy objective with which targets under SDG4 interact and are closely interlinked;
- Young people are, by right, a legitimate stakeholder group in any development effort (including the effort for the realization of SDG4) that aspires to be relevant, efficient and inclusive.