Family Planning, Youth

More Than Half the World’s Young People Can’t Be Ignored

They are 1.1 billion strong, and getting loud.

Yet 70 million are not in school.

Six million face adolescent pregnancies.

And countless more are vulnerable, at-risk, or denied basic rights and opportunities to plan their futures.

More than half of the world’s young people ages 10-24 live in the Asia-Pacific region, and last week they made their presence known at the 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights. The conference brought 2,000 delegates from across region to Manila, to talk strategy for positioning reproductive health in the post-2015 development.

The neglect of youth reproductive health and rights was a huge focus at the conference, and needs to remain so. Young people are critical to the region’s development, but they face many challenges.

Check out the above #Mustwatch video from UNFPA-Asia to learn more.

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