Youth leadership and participation

Never before have there been so many young people in Nepal. Never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress. With falling fertility and mortality rates, leaving fewer dependents, the country has a one-time opportunity for rapid economic growth and stability. How we meet the needs and aspirations of young people will define our common future.
Right now Nepal has the largest productive youth population compared to the dependent population in its history. About 35 percent of the population is below the age of 15 while 57 percent are between the productive ages of 15-59 years and another 25 percent are expected to reach the working age within a decade based on population projections.

This is a huge opportunity. 
These figures will prevail for a limited period and the window of opportunity that Nepal currently has might close within the next 20-30 years. Therefore, to maximise the demographic dividend, it will be essential for all relevant partners to continue investing in young people UNFPA will continue to focus on young people in Nepal, helping them participate in decisions affecting them, supporting the provision of comprehensive sexuality education, providing quality reproductive health services and strengthening their ability to advance human rights and development issues.