State of the World's Children

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Each year, the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF’s) flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics.

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The State of the World's Children 2011

The State of the World's Children 2011

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31 Dec 2011
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The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity examines the global state of adolescents; outlines the challenges they face in health, education, protection and participation; and explores the risks and vulnerabilities of this pivotal stage. The report highlights the singular opportunities that adolescence offers, both for adolescents themselves and for the societies they live in. The accumulated evidence demonstrates that investing in adolescents' second decade is our best hope of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and inequity and of laying the foundation for a more peaceful, tolerant and equitable world.

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  • Acknowledgements

    This report was produced with the invaluable guidance and contributions of many individuals, both inside and outside of UNICEF. Important contributions for country panels were received from the following UNICEF field offices: Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Jordan, Mexico, Philippines, Ukraine and the US Fund for UNICEF. Input was also received from UNICEF regional offices and the World Health Organization’s Adolescent Health and Development Team. Special thanks also to UNICEF’s Adolescent Development and Participation Unit for their contributions, guidance and support. And thanks to adolescents from around the world who contributed quotations and other submissions for the print report and the website.

  • Foreword

    Last year, a young woman electrified a United Nations consultation on climate change in Bonn, simply by asking the delegates, “How old will you be in 2050?”

  • The emerging generation

    Adolescence is an age of opportunity for children, and a pivotal time for us to build on their development in the first decade of life, to help them navigate risks and vulnerabilities, and to set them on the path to fulfilling their potential.

  • Realizing the rights of adolescents

    Realizing the rights of adolescents and advancing their development requires a keen understanding of their current circumstances. Using the latest available data from international surveys, supplemented by national sources and research studies where appropriate, this chapter examines the state of adolescent health and education before looking at gender and protection issues.

  • Global challenges for adolescents

    This chapter considers some of the key global challenges that are shaping today’s world – including environmental sustainability, peace and security, and key economic and social trends – and assesses their potential impact on and relevance for adolescents.

  • Investing in adolescents

    Over the course of the next five years, the world has an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of young children and adolescents by achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with equity. Great strides have been made towards the goals in the past decade, particularly for those children currently still in the first decade of life.

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