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Policy Dialogue on Adolescents

UNICEF and SAARC hold a Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescents

Kathmandu, 18 September 2013 – UNICEF and the South Asia Regional Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are holding a Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescents under the title “Adolescents: Current Rights for Future Opportunities”. More than 60 participants from the eight South Asian countries are attending this Policy Dialogue in Kathmandu, Nepal. Delegations include government representatives, academics, civil society members, as well as adolescents and youth.

The Regional Policy Dialogue provides a forum for stakeholders to exchange ideas and work which will address the recommendations on adolescents contained in the SAARC Decade of the Rights of the Child Assessment of Progress.

Participants have been asked to reflect on adolescent policies and strategies currently in place in their respective countries and to develop concrete proposals which are more effective and sensitive to the needs and rights of adolescents, with particular emphasis on integrated and cross-sectoral interventions.

Country Delegations are expected to identify policy recommendation and possible actions advancing the rights and wellbeing of adolescents in the South Asian countries. Stakeholders will be asked to reflect of their individual roles in developing and implementing better policies for adolescents and agree on concrete actions to enhance collaboration between sectors and actors.

This initiative is the result of a partnership between UNICEF and SAARC and it is organized in view of the upcoming High Level Meeting on South South Cooperation for Children Rights in Asia and the Pacific, held in New Delhi at the end of October 2013.

For further information, contact:

Jean-Jacques Simon, Regional Chief of Comunications, UNICEF South Asia. Email:

UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for South Asia, Stephen Adkisson delivers closing remarks at the SAARC-UNICEF Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescents in Kathmandu.


UNICEF South Asia RD opening the Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescents in Kathmandu




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