Resources on Adolescent pregnancy

Pour des millions de jeunes du monde entier, le début de l’adolescence amène non seulement des changements corporels, mais aussi de nouvelles formes de vulnérabilité aux violations des droits de la personne, notamment dans les domaines de la sexualité, du mariage ou de la grossesse.

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This year's State of World Population report explores the life of the 10-year-old girl, whose life is about to take a pivotal turn, either towards expanding opportunities or narrowing ones. As these girls enter adolescence, their potential will be nurtured, with material benefits for their families, communities and countries, or their potential will be limited, depriving the world of their talents and achievements.

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Through the Global Programme, we are accelerating action to end child marriage, and UNFPA and UNICEF are able to reach more girls. The Global Programme is leveraging investments to increase outreach and sustainability. In 2017, it spent over US$33 million with complementary investments of over $22 million from other sources.

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The importance of reproductive health, in general, and access to voluntary family planning, in particular, is well established. They are crucial to the entire, interconnected and transformative global development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals, to which the world has newly committed, prioritize the needs of those who are most vulnerable and underserved, including young people. Their reproductive choices will have enormous repercussions for the trajectory of their own lives and for the future of their countries. Yet their unmet need for reproductive health services remains high. Demand for and use of contraception among adolescent girls has increased, but current levels remain remarkably lower than for other age groups.

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In Niger, which has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world, these 16 extraordinary girls refused to become child brides.

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Today’s adolescents and youth are 1.8 billion strong and form a quarter of the world’s population.

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Adolescence is a decisive age for girls around the world. What transpires during a girl’s teenage years shapes the direction of her life and that of her family.

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Background paper for The State of World Population 2013

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Accelerating Efforts to Advance the Rights of Adolescent Girls: A UN Joint Statement" describes the joint pledge by UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, UNESCO, UNIFEM, and WHO to intensify our agencies’ support in developing countries to advance key policies and programmes that empower the hardest-to-reach adolescent girls, particularly those aged 10 to 14 years old.

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