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Resources on adolescent development and participation

Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents

Published: April 2012

The report points to a significant need for improved investment in all aspects of adolescents’ lives and wellbeing – even in their struggle for survival. Each year 1.4 million adolescents die from road traffic injuries, childbirth complications, suicide, AIDS, violence and other causes. In some Latin American countries, more adolescent boys die as a result of homicide than from road traffic injuries or suicide.

The State of the World’s Children 2012

Published: February 2012
Language: English

The report shows with clarity and urgency, millions of children in cities and towns all over the world are also at risk of being left behind. In fact, hundreds of millions of children today live in urban slums, many without access to basic services. They are vulnerable to dangers ranging from violence and exploitation to the injuries, illnesses and death that result from living in crowded settlements atop hazardous rubbish dumps or alongside railroad tracks. And their situations – and needs – are often represented by aggregate figures that show urban children to be better off than their rural counterparts, obscuring the disparities that exist among the children of the cities.

Investing in Youth Policy: The Case for Youth Policy Development in Asia-Pacific

Published: October 2011
Language:  English

This publication is in the form of an innovative electronic Flip Book covering the development of youth policy (including case studies) from countries around the Asia-Pacific region. Click to read.

Adolescence: An age of opportunity
Published: September 2011
Publisher: UNICEF Malaysia

Adolescence is a challenging and vulnerable phase of life - a transition from childhood to adulthood. Adolescents also face numerous global and local challenges both today and future, among them the current economic turmoil, climate change and environmental degradation, explosive urbanisation and migration. Learn how to help them face the challenges, click to read the report.

The State of Pacific Youth 2011

Published: September 2011
Language: English

The youth population has remained significant in its potential contribution to both economic and social development in Pacific Islands countries and territories – it thus remains significant as a cohort requiring dedicated investment. How this can best be done is explored in this analysis. Click to read.

The State of the World's Children 2011
Published: February 2011
Language: English

The State of the World's Children 2011 invited adult and adolescent contributors from a variety of stakeholder groups to give their perspectives on the distinct challenges adolescents face today in protection, education, health and participation. This report catalogues, in heart-wrenching detail, the array of dangers adolescents face: the injuries that kill 400,000 of them each year; early pregnancy and childbirth, a primary cause of death for teenage girls; the pressures that keep 70 million adolescents out of school; exploitation, violent conflict and the worst kind of abuse at the hands of adults. Click to read the report and its executive summary.


Children as active citizens: Policy and programme guide
This publication is an important tool for decision makers at the national level and for all service providers in the East Asia and Pacific region for the progressive realization of civil rights for children. It will serve not only as a guide for policies

Children as active citizens: Commitments and obligations for children’s civil rights and civic engagement in East Asia and the Pacific
All children are born with rights. Children’s citizenship does not depend on their future contributions to society. Children’s ability to exercise their citizenship rights and responsibilities evolves as they grow and learn.

The participation of children and young people in emergencies
This guide drew heavily on examples of children’s participation in tsunami-affected areas. Theseexamples were provided by organizations and individuals contributing to the fair on children’sparticipation in the tsunami response...

Participant' s Materials for Disasters and the Aftermath: Building Life Skills for Health and Education
Participant's Manual of the Young People's Forum: Disasters and the Aftermath Building Young People's Life Skills for Health and Education

Young people dialogue on natural disasters: A meeting in Bangkok brings together dozens of youth from Thailand, Indonesia and Pakistan
The Disasters and the Aftermath Forum held in Bangkok on April 30 – May 5, 2007 provides young people an opportunity to examine ways in which life skills and other key approaches can be used to strengthen their capacity to cope with disasters and stress.

Adolescent development in East Asia and the Pacific: Realizing their potential. 2006
Paper focuses on the situation of adolescents in the East Asia and the Pacific. It attempts to interpret the key trends and draw policy and programmatic implications for UNICEF and partners to respond to the challenges of working for and with adolescents.

Child and youth participation resource guide. 2006
This annotated resource guide provides a user-friendly directory of key resources on child and youth participation. Documents listed are organized into four broad categories and 27 thematic areas. The CD-ROM with this guide has full-text documents.

Speaking Out! Voices of Children and Adolescents in East Asia and the Pacific
The children interviewed discuss their relationships with their parents and teachers, how safe they feel in their communities, what values are most important in their lives, how much they know about their rights and such threats as HIV/AIDS.



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