Technical and policy documents

Technical paper

ADAP Learning Series
ADAP Learning Series brings together current knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt on adolescent issues and UNICEF programming in countries and regions around the world – including new insights and perspectives from partners and development agencies.

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

CRC Committee General Comment No.4 (2003): Adolescent health and development in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
The CRC Committee adopted this General Comment to raise awareness and provide States Parties with guidance and support in their effort to guarantee the respect for, protection and fulfilment of the rights of adolescents, including through the formulation of specific strategies and policies.

Global Guidance on HIV and Young People (UNFPA, UNICEF 2008)
This set of 7 field-tested briefs addresses how various sectors can be called upon to “Know Your Epidemic” and tailor responses that prioritize adolescents most likely to become infected. Implementers as well as advocates will find practical guidance in advocating for effective programming for this population with colleagues in the field, government, donors and civil society.

Working for and with adolescents (UNICEF, 2002)
Working for and with adolescents is a compilation of case studies drawn from selected countries covering all regions. This is one of the first documents attempting to capture programmes with and for adolescents with a focus on participation. The experiences offer insights to the challenges, lessons learned and the need for making strategic choices in realizing the development and participation rights of adolescents.

Research and strategic direction

Adolescence: A Time That Matters (UNICEF, 2002)
Adolescents have rights - as expressed in the CRC, including those 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.

Adolescent Participation in Situation Assessment and Analysis (UNICEF, CYP 2001)
Policy-makers and development practitioners who undertake a dialogue to take beneficiaries’ views often face constraints.  UNICEF and the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) commissioned this paper to aid discussion about how best to negotiate these kinds of constraints, and achieve effective participation by young people in situation assessment and analysis.

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

Promoting Adolescent Livelihoods (UNICEF, CYP 2001)
This paper seeks to contribute to the global debate on young people’s economic contribution and livelihoods.

Seen but not heard… (WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA 2004)
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, to develop their competencies and skills in the transition to healthy adulthood and to build patterns of health-maintaining behaviours and attitudes.

The Participation Rights of Adolescents: A Strategic Approach (UNICEF, 2001)
This paper aims to stimulate discussion and serve as a resource for policy makers, programmer, advocates and activists interested in promoting the meaningful participation of young people, at global, country and community levels. The paper is the result of a series of consultations with organisations and young people working to promote children’s rights, and aims to identify practical means of making the meaningful participation of young people a reality.

Young people's Statements and Declarations

BioVision-Fifth World Life Sciences Forum (France, March 2007)

Children’s Forum on a World Fit for Children+5 (New York, 2007)
Closing statement from the Children's forum to the UN plenary session on the commemerative event special session//WFFC+5

Children's and Young People's statements at World Congress III against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (Brazil, 2008) Link

51st Session of the Commission of the Status of Women dedicated to the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against girl child (New York, 2007)

J8 Summits
Scotland, 2005: The C8  recommendations Children of Change
Russia 2006: Address to the Leaders: a common document from young people
Germany 2007: J8 Wismar declaration
Japan 2008: Chitose declaration and Young people action plan to compliment the Chitose declaration

International Conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Alma-Ata Declaration of WHO/UNICEF on Primary Health Care (Kazakhstan, 2008)
Young people Partners for Health: Alma Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care

63rd session of the General Assembly. Open debate of the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict (New York, 2009)
Statement by  Grace Akallo, former child soldier of Uganda. She created a Network of Young People Affected by War together with her peers and with the support of UNSRSG, UNICEF, and War Child in order to help children whose lives have been derailed by conflict.



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