A report card on adolescents examines the lives and prospects of the 1.2 billion adolescents in the world using latest available statistical data from a variety of sources, including UNICEF’s own databases. It finds that adolescents remain vulnerable in many key areas, despite having benefited from investments in programmes and policies for younger children.
Millions of adolescents are at risk and vulnerable – to violence, injury and death, undernutrition, school drop-out, HIV and child marriage – and are often unreached by information and basic services. Adolescents are a diverse and heterogeneous group whose lot is defined – often unfairly – by geography, gender, culture and the societies in which they live.
UNICEF viewed the statistical data through an equity lens and found pockets of adolescents at further risk: the youngest mothers, adolescents belonging to ethnic minorities and living in rural areas, those with disabilities, injecting drug users at risk of HIV infection, adolescents with mental health issues, and boys living in certain regions and countries of the world where the threat of gang violence is particularly high.
UNICEF’s Progress for Children series examines progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for children. Adolescence is tied to employment, maternal mortality, education, HIV and AIDS, poverty and other issues, so investing in adolescents is strategically important for the achievement of the MDGs.
Most adolescents whose rights are stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The more we know about adolescents, the more it helps us to make them more visible, and with greater visibility comes the potential for adolescents to benefit more fully from the protections the Convention affords them as children.
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