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Adolescents and youth


Within these pages you will find a wide selection of resources. They include UNICEF publications, working papers and guidance notes relating to adolescence, links to other useful websites, and information on events and conferences with which UNICEF has been associated.



UNICEF Programme Guidance for the Second Decade: Programming with and for Adolescents - We are thrilled to announce the publication of our Programme Guidance for the Second Decade: Programming with and for Adolescents! This Guidance does the following: Provide a vision for the commitments made to adolescent girls and boys in the context of the SDGs, along with results and targets; Identify implementation strategies, delivery platforms, partnerships and organizational arrangements needed to achieve sectoral and cross-sectoral results for adolescents in the context of different regions and countries.-  Document

Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents - The 10th edition of UNICEF’s Progress for Children shows that while we have made significant progress for millions of children over the last decades, our efforts have left behind far too many adolescents -  Story - Document

Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity: State of World's Children 2011 - Recognizing the need to turn this vulnerable age into an age of opportunity, UNICEF has dedicated it flagship publication State of the World's Children 2011 to adolescents.

Beyond the Stereotypes: Explore the diverse experiences of what it is like to be young in the world through a series of essays and messages submitted by adolescents all around the world - Article - Document - 2011

Health of the world’s adolescents - This Lancet research publication is a synthesis of internationally comparable data

Adolescence: A time that matters - Adolescents have rights to information and skills; access to services, such as education, health, recreation and justice; a safe and supportive environment; and opportunities to participate and to have their voices heard.

Investing When It Counts - This publication is intended generating the evidence base for policies and programmes to address the important issues facing very young adolescents - Population Council, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS - 2006.

Seen but not heard… The 10–14 age group offers the best chance for adults to connect with and influence adolescents. Very young adolescents are not exactly ignored by the adult world, but they are not always engaged. Very young adolescents tend to be seen but not heard. This publication discusses how very young adolescence years represent an opportunity for concerned adults to harness the optimism and resilience of young adolescents. - WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA - 2004.

Adolescent Programming Experiences During Conflict and Post-Conflict Case Studies  - Adolescent participation in programme planning and implementation during humanitarian emergencies has been analyzed within the broader framework for the CRC - 2004.


CRC Committee General Comment No.4 - Adolescent health and development in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - 2003.




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