The Power of 1.8 Billion

Adolescents, youth and the transformation of the future

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.

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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.



Previous Years' Reports

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Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development

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Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights
Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth A Passage to Hope: Women and International Migration        


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