Today, the current population of young people between the ages of 10-24 alive today is 1.8 billion. They comprise the largest global youth population in human history. Securing the health and rights of young people is essential to securing the health and rights of our future leaders.
On December 10, 2014, IWHC co-hosted a panel discussion with the United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization, and Population Council to launch a special supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health that presents evidence on key issues impacting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of the world’s youth.
The panel, which featured Dr. Satvika Chalasani of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), IWHC President Françoise Girard, Dr. Rama Lakshminarayanan of the WHO, and Nicole Haberland of the Population Council, acknowledged several gaps in research on adolescent sexual health. However, as Girard noted, “we know enough to act.”
The special supplement is available online for free.