Mongolia lacks consensus on a standardized definition of youth. National Programme on Adolescents and Youth Development (2006) defines youths as individuals between the ages of 15-34 years, Mongolia Youth Federation (MYF) between 16-40 years old, JCI Mongolia between 18-40 and Association of youth organizations affiliated with political parties between 18-35. As of 2011, there are over 1 million young people between 20-40 years old, which represents 38.04% of total population.
When it concerns political participation, young people are less active and enthusiastic. During the 2009 Presidential election, 52% of total respondents took part in campaign meetings or rally, between elections, only 1 out of 8 respondents contacted elected or legislative representatives because of personal or community problems. People over 30 years old are about 2 times more active than the younger ones.
Definition of Youth, Youthpolicy.org, http://www.youthpolicy.org/factsheets/country/mongolia/.
Damba Ganbat, Mongolian Youth Outlook Country Profile, Democratic Citizenship and Voices of Asia’s Youth, 2012,