The Changing World of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The world in which adolescents live has changed dramatically in the last 25 years and the response to their sexual and reproductive health and rights has evolved in important ways.

A new supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health celebrates gains, confronts barriers, and identifies key areas of action for countries and key stakeholders to build on progress in the critical decade ahead.

The four published articles were developed by technical teams at WHO and UNFPA, along with governments, academia, civil society, and funding organizations. They were co-authored by young people from six regions around the world.

Some positive trends in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights

In 1994, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) announced the arrival of adolescent sexuality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health on the global agenda.

An additional 163 million adolescents (aged 10-19) have come of age since then. There are now …

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