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Adolescents and youth

Our Priorities

© UNICEF/RWAA2011-00028/Noorani
Rwanda: Using cardboards, children make toys cars to play with, at a centre which provides children with meals, vocational training, psychosocial care, and, when possible, family reunification services.

The fulfillment of child rights necessitates holding governments accountable to ensure adolescents’ access to services, including adolescent responsive health services, HIV prevention and treatment, quality education, justice and protection as well as assistance in humanitarian emergencies. A commitment to equity, gender equality and empowerment underscores these efforts.

UNICEF promotes and invests in the rights of every child below the age of 18 in all aspects of life as guided by the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). UNICEF has adopted a life course approach to child development, a concept which provides a holistic and integrated methodology to addressing rights challenges.

UNICEF invests in the opportunity for adolescent girls and boys to acquire critical assets as they grow; the abilities, skills, values and experiences to negotiate multiple life domains, to avoid risky behaviors and become economically independent.  Through our global programmes that link health, education and protection, we seek to empower adolescent girls and boys to participate actively within their families, communities and wider society.




The State of the World’s Children 2011:
Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity

Every Child's Right To Be Heard


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