International efforts aim to support youth in Libya

Young people aged between 10 and 24 years old represent 26% of the Libyan population, equivalent to about 6.4 million people, making the most important segment in the society.

This social segment faces several problems, notably armed conflicts, insecurity, and unemployment which deprive Libya of the desired benefits of youth in reconstruction and development.

EU mission in Libya and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have renewed their support for the active participation of Libyan youth in public life to address their problems at a time when young people are facing high levels of violence in schools and community.

Officials of the Libyan office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) late January said it will boost plans to empower and support young women and men across Libya.

“We met with the Head of the Youth and Sports Authority Bashir Al-Qantari to agree on strategic plans for 2019 to empower and support young women and men across Libya,” UNFPA said in a statement.

UNFPA will soon launch a UN Youth Working Group in cooperation with UNICEF, with the aim of creating a more effective youth programming, the statement said.

Due to years of armed conflict and political instability, Libyan authorities have been struggling to meet the needs of the young people, mainly by providing employment opportunities and proper education.

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