State of World Population 2014
The Power of 1.8 Billion
No. of pages: 126
Publication date: 2014
Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today, and because they are the shapers and leaders of our global future. They matter because they have inherent human rights that must be fulfilled. Yet, in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for urgent correction, because it imperils youth as well as economies and societies at large.
- Huge potential for economic growth requires fulfilling the promise of youth, flagship report says (18 November 2014)
- Statement of the Executive Director on The State of World Population 2014 report (18 November 2014)
- Youth activists help adolescents beat the odds in remote Vanuatu (03 October 2014)
- Youth Envoy shines spotlight on young people’s development priorities (25 September 2014)
- Seven years of resistance: One girl’s fight against FGM (23 September 2014)
- On International Youth Day, UNFPA launches global #showyourselfie campaign to put youth in the picture (12 August 2014)
- Holding out a hand: Youth-to-youth initiative making a difference in Mongolia (21 May 2014)
- Georgia Youth Policy to Empower and Educate Youth (12 May 2014)
Adolescents and youth, those between 10 and 24 years old, accounted for 28 per cent of the world population in 2010. The world must invest in the needs and rights of this group, supporting their access to quality health care and education, opportunities for safe paid work, and freedom from abuses such as early marriage and pregnancy.
Adolescent fertility rates have fallen. Still, 20,000 girls under age 18 give birth in developing countries every day. And every year, there are 70,000 adolescent deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
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