The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An age of opportunity
Recognizing the need to turn this vulnerable age into an age of opportunity, UNICEF has dedicated the flagship publication to adolescents. The report 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.
Today's youth faces an increasingly uncertain world where climate change, rapid urbanization, the economic recession and rising unemployment pose unprecedented challenges. There are 1.2 billion adolescents across the world, nine out of ten of these young people live in developing countries. Millions are denied their basic rights to quality education, health care, protection and exposed to abuse and exploitation. The report highlights the singular opportunities that adolescence offers, both for adolescents themselves and for the societies they live in.