Launch of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel Report: Transformative Accountability for Adolescents  

Monday, September 18, 2017 – UN Headquarters, New York

The Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent launched its 2017 Report, Transformative Accountability for Adolescents, at the United Nations Headquarters, issuing an urgent appeal for strategic investments in 10 to 19 year olds to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Adolescents, who number 1.2 billion, or 1 in 6 of the global population, are the key for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “But today, the health and rights of millions of adolescents are at risk of being eroded”, and “they face a host of threats.”

Every year, 1.2 million adolescents die, often from preventable causes—such as violence, suicide,  pregnancy-related complications among girls, HIV/AIDS, road injuries and drowning, as well as diseases and respiratory infections. As the report states, however, high impact, cost effective solutions to improve adolescent health can yield huge benefits and billions in savings that can place them on better tracks for life, reaping demographic dividends.

The IAP, a fully independent body (rare in UN circles), is mandated by the UN Secretary-General to assess progress on the 2016-2030 Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in the context of the SDGs from the specific lens of who is accountable to whom, and for what.

The full report is available here:

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