Adolescents

1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 years today make up 16% of the world’s population.

Summary report of the situation analysis of the children and adolescents in Da Nang
A rights-based and equity-focused analysis

In 2019, Da Nang became the second city in Viet Nam to officially join the Child Friendly City Initiative (CFCI) following Ho Chi Minh City, with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). To be fully recognized as a CFCI, Da Nang will undergo a rigorous assessment. The Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in Da Nang is the city’s first step in such a journey and applies a rights-based approach to analyze the key progress, trends and gaps on child rights using the latest data.
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Seen, Counted, Included: Using data to shed light on the well-being of children with disabilities

Using the latest available data, the publication covers more than 60 indicators of child well-being – from nutrition and health, to access to water and sanitation, protection from violence and exploitation, and education. The report also includes the first-ever global and regional estimates of children with disabilities.
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The State of the World’s Children 2021

For the first time in its history, The State of the World’s Children examines mental health, with a special focus on how risk and protective factors in the home, school and community shape mental health outcomes.
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State of the World’s Children 2011

SOWC Report 2011: Adolescence, an age of opportunity
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State of the World’s Children 2012

SOWC Report 2012: Children in an urban world.
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State of the World’s Children 2013

SOWC Report 2013: Children with disabilities.
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State of the World’s Children 2014

SOWC Report 2014: .
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State of the World’s Children 2016

SOWC Report 2016: A fair chance for every child.
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State of the World’s Children 2017

SOWC Report 2017: Children in a digital world
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State of the World’s Children 2019

SOWC Report 2019: Children, food, and nutrition – growing well in a changing world.
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Development Policies for Street Children in Bangladesh

UNICEF reports and daily newspaper reports suggest that street children are excluded from existing child rights facilities in Bangladesh. To examine the situation of social exclusion of street children, this paper examined the development policies for children in Bangladesh to understand how the existing policies can protect street children‟s rights and how they could enjoy country‟s currently available facilities.
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Safer Cities for Girls

Infographic on creating “”Safer Cities for Girls.”” Girls in cities contend with the duality of increased risks and opportunities. On the one hand, girls face sexual harassment, exploitation, and insecurity as they navigate the urban environment, while on the other hand they are more likely to be educated and politically active and less likely to be married at an early age.
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Young People, Participation, and Sustainable Development in an Urbanizing World

This working paper focuses on youth based on the practices and definitions of the United Nations (15–24 years). ‘Youth’ is a value-laden and culturally informed concept. Therefore the second part of the review discusses a range of alternative conceptualizations of ‘youth’ from relational, intergenerational, and life course perspectives by drawing examples from the developing world…
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Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 to respond to the challenge of realizing the rights of children in an increasingly urbanized and decentralized world. The initiative works by bringing together local stakeholders and UNICEF to create safe, inclusive and child-responsive cities and communities. This Handbook is a succinct summary of the practices, common challenges and lessons learned.
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UN Major Group for Children and Youth

The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated, official, formal and self-organised mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in the UN. UNMGCY acts as a bridge between young people and the UN system in order to ensure that their right to meaningful participation is realized.
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UN Habitat Youth Advisory Board

UN-Habitat is one of the preeminent international agencies working on urban youth policy, research, and programming.
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Youth Wellbeing

The Global Youth Wellbeing Index was created based on the conviction that, for our collective prosperity, youth must have increased access to opportunities and services. By elevating youth needs, the Index underscores the necessity of global investment in the world’s largest generation of young people.
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UN Youth Strategy

The Strategy aims to facilitate increased impact and expanded global, regional and country-level action to address the needs, build the agency and advance the rights of young people in all their diversity around the world, and to ensure their engagement and participation in the implementation, review and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as other relevant global agendas and frameworks.
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International Organization for Adolescents

IOFA was the first organization dedicated to addressing the trafficking of children and youth in the United States. IOFA carries out its mission through building effective community-level partnerships to impact vulnerable children and youth including those who are parentless, in foster care, orphaned, LGBTQ, juvenile justice involved, have disabilities, born to immigrant parents, living in poverty, or otherwise marginalized.
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Health & Wellbeing

Article 24 of the Convention of the Rights of Child commits to strive for quality standards of health for every child

Health for the World’s Adolescents

This report has been created primarily for people working in the health sector, especially the senior and mid-level staffs of ministries of health, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the range of health sector partners responsible for developing, implementing and supporting policies and programmes that contribute to adolescent health.
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Health for the World’s Adolescents Summary Report

Health for the world’s adolescents is a World Health Organization report fully addressing that question across the broad range of health needs of people ages 10–19 years. It was presented to Member States at the 2014 World Health Assembly in follow-up to its 2011 Resolution 64.28, Youth and health risks.
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Some Urban Facts of Life: Implications for Research and Policy

This review of recent literature explores the challenges to urban food and nutrition security in the rapidly urbanizing developing world. The premise of the manuscript is that the causes of malnutrition and food insecurity in urban and rural areas are different due primarily to a number of phenomena that are unique to or exacerbated by urban living.
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Child Health Now

“Child Health Now” is World Vision’s first global campaign focused on a single issue: reducing the preventable deaths of children under five. The campaign will draw on the lessons learned in 1,600+ community programmes where development strategies are fully linked to advocacy efforts with local and national government bodies.
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Adolescent Health Programming

A study group report to provide the technical rationale and basis for the action required for the health and development of adolescents.
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Data and indicators to measure adolescent health, social development and well-being

This brief is one of seven on research methodologies designed to expand and improve the conduct and interpretation of research on adolescent health and well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Building on the recent Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, these briefs provide an overview of the methodological quality of research on adolescents.
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HIV/AIDS: Global and regional trends

While there has been promising progress in the HIV response, children continue to be affected by the epidemic. Of the estimated 38 million people living with HIV worldwide in 2019, 2.8 million were children aged 0-19. Each day in 2019, approximately 880 children became infected with HIV and approximately 310 children died from AIDS related causes, mostly because of inadequate access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services.
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Adolescents: health risks and solutions

This brief focuses on quantitative data and indicators to measure adolescent health, social development and well-being.
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Gendered Influences on Adolescent and Mental Health in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries

Recommendations from an expert convening.An estimated 67000 adolescents die each year from self-harm, and far more—an estimated 10% of all adolescents—have intentionally harmed themselves. Suicide consistently ranks among the leading causes of death for older adolescent girls and boys globally, and depressive disorders, anxiety, behavioural problems, and self-harm are among the greatest contributors to young people’s burden of disease.
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Cities & Public Space

Young people need safe spaces to play, learn, develop, and grow in a healthy and stable environment

WHO – Healthy Cities

The Healthy Cities programme is the best-known example of a successful Healthy Settings approach. Initiated by WHO in 1986, Healthy Cities have spread rapidly across the world.
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UN Habitat – Safer Cities

UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme embraces a holistic, integrated, multi-level government and multi-sectoral approach to improving the livability of cities and quality of life for all urban residents, predicated on the confidence that good urban governance, planning and management can improve the safety of neighborhoods.
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Plan International – Safer Cities

The Safer Cities for Girls programme has been developed with partner organisations UN-Habitat and Women in Cities International. The programme goal is to build safe, accountable, and inclusive cities with and for adolescent girls (aged 13-18). The expected outcomes of the programme include increased safety and access to public spaces, increased active and meaningful participation in urban development and governance and increased autonomous mobility in the city for girls.
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UNICEF Child Friendly Cities

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative is a UNICEF-led initiative that supports municipal governments in realizing the rights of children at the local level using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its foundation.
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UN Convention on Rights of the Child

The Convention is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. It has inspired governments to change laws and policies and make investments so that more children finally get the health care and nutrition they need to survive and develop, and there are stronger safeguards in place to protect children from violence and exploitation. It has also enabled more children to have their voices heard and participate in their societies.
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UN Habitat Global Public Space Programme Annual Report 2016

UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme, launched in 2012, is now active in more than 30 cities across the world. We produce policy guides, share knowledge and carry out advocacy work to promote public space as a key element to ensure good quality of life for all urban residents. The Programme helps cities assess and map their public spaces to prepare city-wide public space strategies and urban development frameworks.
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UN Habitat: Habitat III Issue Paper: Public Space

The Habitat III Issue Papers are summary documents that addressed research areas, highlighted general findings, and identified research needs on topics related to housing and sustainable urban development. Through its Task Team on Habitat III, the United Nations system collaborated on the preparation of the Issue Papers.
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Hidden Cities

This report provides information and tools to help governments and local leaders reduce health inequities in their cities. The objective of the report is not to compare rural and urban health inequities. Urban health inequities need to be addressed specifically for they are different in their magnitude and in their distribution.
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World Urbanization Prospects 2018

Key Facts from the World Urbanization Prospects 2018 Revisions
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The World’s Cities in 2018

This data booklet highlights current and future trajectories of populations in cities around the globe, drawing on the population estimates and projections published in World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision.
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State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013

This is a World Urban Forum edition of the State of the World’s Cities Report 2012/2013: Prosperity of Cities. This UN-Habitat Report calls on countries and cities to engage with a fresher notion of prosperity in their respective agendas.
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The Systems of Secondary Cities: The neglected drivers of urbanising economies

The CIVIS series shares knowledge and learning arising from Cities Alliance projects and other activities in slum upgrading and city development strategies. It also serves as a platform for policy dialogue among city development stakeholders, including national and local governments, donors and slum dwellers to impact change in the lives of the urban poor and advance the urban development agenda.
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Managing Systems in Secondary Cities

Secondary cities have become the subject of renewed interest by scholars and international development organizations. This report, for Cities Alliance, investigates the role played by secondary cities in the development of global regions and nations. It includes a literature review and redefinition of the term “secondary city” in the context of the role such cities play in global and national urban systems.
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Bridging urban and rural economies in the developing world: could secondary cities be the answer?

OECD presentation on secondary cities: urban primacy is a key challenge nations face in achieving economic diversification, which leaves secondary cities without the resources necessary to attract industries and business to boost their economic development
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Decade of Action for Road Safety

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that road safety is a prerequisite to ensuring healthy lives, promoting well-being and making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
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Governance

Social accountability is critical to achieve inclusive cities

Reducing Social Exclusion in Highly Disadvantaged Districts in Medellín, Colombia, through the Provision of a Cable-Car

Recent research has shown that increasing trip making and improving a person’s social capital and sense of community is likely to reduce risks of social exclusion, and increase wellbeing. This, and most other related research on social exclusion, has been undertaken in countries with developed economies. This paper examines some of these relationships within a developing economy, where social exclusion is likely to be more widespread, using secondary data.
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Citywide Strategic Planning Guide

This Guide shows why it is necessary to focus on strategic issues that have the potential of changing the face of an entire metropolitan area. It also shows how such change can bring invaluable social, institutional and economic benefits. This Guide also draws lessons from various practices and experiences. It proposes a set of steps to initiate and sustain a comprehensive planning process, resulting in a citywide strategic plan.
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Global Campaign on Urban Governance

This policy paper forms part of UN-HABITAT’S Global Campaign on Urban Governance. The Campaign fosters the implementation of the Habitat Agenda goal of achieving sustainable human settlements in an urbanising world.
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Urban Indicators Guidelines

In order to assist Member States realize the eight goals of the Millennium Declaration, the UN System has set numerical targets for each goal. Further, it has selected appropriate indicators to monitor progress on the goals and attain corresponding targets. A list of 18 targets and more than 40 indicators corresponding to these goals ensure a common assessment and appreciation of the status of MDGs at global, national and local levels.
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Policy and Advocacy

Reports and campaigns that promote young people’s rights and inclusion in city, national, and global policies

UN Youth Report

The World Youth Report is the flagship publication on youth issues of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The World Youth Report: Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda is a collaborative effort and reflects the input and contributions of experts in the field of youth social entrepreneurship and development.
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Global Childhood Report

Save the Children is releasing its third annual Global Childhood Report to celebrate progress for children. We examine the major reasons why childhood comes to an early end, and find significantly fewer children suffering ill-health, malnutrition, exclusion from education, child labor, child marriage, early pregnancy and violent death.
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Child Marriage: Latest Trends and Future Prospects

The practice of child marriage has continued to decline around the world. Based on the latest data available from each country, 21% of young women (aged 20 to 24) were married as children. This represents a decrease from 25% 10 years ago, driven predominantly by progress in India. This reduction also marks an acceleration of trends. An estimated 25 million child marriages have been prevented due to progress during thepast decade.
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New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented document that mobilizes Member States and other key stakeholders to drive sustainable urban development at the local level. The implementation of the New Urban Agenda contributes to the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an integrated manner, and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, including Goal 11 of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
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Global Frameworks

Global goals, frameworks, and targets that ensure universal access to health, education, protection and other essential social services, particularly for young people.

Reimagine Justice for Children

This paper outlines a reimagined agenda for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on justice for children. This agenda is designed to guide UNICEF advocacy and programming on justice for children. It is aligned with UNICEF’s new Child Protection Strategy (2021–2030) and new Strategic Plan (2022–2025), which provide the strategic framework for UNICEF’s child protection programming globally.
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Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era

Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era assesses the world’s performance to date, focusing on 44 indicators that directly concern the 2030 Agenda’s most vulnerable constituency: children.
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A Life of Dignity for All

The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/1, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually on progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals until 2015 and to make recommendations for further steps to advance the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.
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New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016. It was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly at its sixty-eighth plenary meeting of the seventy-first session on 23 December 2016. The New Urban Agenda represents a shared vision for a better and more sustainable future.
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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.
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Metadata on SDGs Indicator 11.3.2

The development of sustainable human settlements calls for the active engagement of civil society organisations, as well as broad-based people’s participation. To measure participatory planning, a score-card approach representing the level of public participation in urban planning process as perceived by the city residents will be used.
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Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Handbook provides a detailed reference for the implementation of law, policy and practice to promote and protect the rights of children. The Handbook brings together under each article an analysis of the Committee’s growing interpretation during its first fourteen years and the examination of over 300 of its Concluding Observations following consideration of States’ reports.
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