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Photo: Jorgen Schytte / Still Pictures
Photo: Jorgen Schytte / Still Pictures

Secondary school class in Mauritania. The unprecedented number of young people alive today—over a billion between ages 15 and 24—guarantees that population will continue to grow for decades even as families are getting smaller. Meeting their needs for education and health care, including reproductive health, will be key to improving people’s well-being and stabilizing world population.

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