The State of the World's Children 2011

Adolescence - An Age of Opportunity

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The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity examines the global state of adolescents; outlines the challenges they face in health, education, protection and participation; and explores the risks and vulnerabilities of this pivotal stage. The report highlights the singular opportunities that adolescence offers, both for adolescents themselves and for the societies they live in. The accumulated evidence demonstrates that investing in adolescents' second decade is our best hope of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and inequity and of laying the foundation for a more peaceful, tolerant and equitable world.

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Investing in adolescents

Over the course of the next five years, the world has an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of young children and adolescents by achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with equity. Great strides have been made towards the goals in the past decade, particularly for those children currently still in the first decade of life.

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