Learn More and Horizon Group have partnered with Saudi Arabia’s MiSK Foundation to draft two white papers on youth trends and attitudes. These white papers were used to ground the Y20 Summit held in Riyadh from the 15th to the 17th of October 2020. The Y20 is a youth-led event bringing together young leaders from across G20 countries to discuss and debate the G20 Leaders’ agenda.
The white papers build on original data gathered through an online survey targeting 10,000 young people across all G20 countries. They explore young peoples’ attitudes towards global citizenship, their future fit in the job market, and how the recent COVID-19 pandemic has changed the youth perspectives on a wide range of topics.
Youth in G20 countries are proving themselves to be global citizens – proactive, culturally sensitive problem solvers – in a myriad of ways. The reports find that most young people aged 18 to 35 across the G20 countries value tolerance, are concerned about global issues, and have carried out at least one act of civic engagement in the past year. Much has been made of this generation’s ability to spark change. 34% of G20 youth see their own generation as the actor best placed to solve global issues, especially climate change, unemployment, and public health, considered the top-3 most urgent problems. Contrary to popular belief, these attitudes are strongest in middle-income countries.
At the same time, the world of work is changing rapidly across G20 countries. In this context, future skills are more important than ever before, but only 39% of G20 youth strongly agree that their education adequately prepared them for work. Furthermore, the COVID-19- pandemic has accelerated many of the trends that shape the future of work: a total of 40% of respondents think the future of work will require more technological skills and less traditional goods and services, displacing workers and making labour market reform more urgent than ever before.
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