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State of World Population 2003

Making One Billion Count - Investing in Adolescents’ Health and Rights

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The largest generation of adolescents in history —1.2 billion kids—is preparing to enter adulthood in a rapidly changing world. This State of World Population Report examines the challenges and risks this generation faces and their impact on adolescents’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being. The Report focuses on HIV/AIDS, incomplete education, early marriage and child bearing; it stresses the need for youth to have more access to knowledge, increased opportunities, and wider choices so as to lead healthy and productive lives and to contribute fully to their communities. A wealth of statistics, graphs, indicators, and thorough analyses are included in the Report.

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Meeting reproductive health service needs

Widespread adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, with their accompanying risks, pose a serious public health concern, and also contribute to rapid population growth in many countries. Young people additionally face high rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS. This underscores the need for far greater access to youthfriendly reproductive and sexual health services. Services should be provided in a gender sensitive, youth appropriate way, as part of coordinated development efforts.

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