UNICEF dedicates its flagship publication 'State of the World's Children 2011' to adolescents.
Adolescence is a critically important age. It is during this second decade of life that inequities and poverty manifest starkly. Young people who are poor or marginalised are less likely to make the transition to secondary education during adolescence, and they are more likely to experience exploitation, abuse and violence such as domestic labour and child marriage – especially if they are girls.
The report finds that investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity.
Find out more about UNICEF's work with adolescents through our Barclays/UNICEF Building Young Futures partnership.
Visit Tagd, UNICEF's network website for young people.