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Adolescence is a critical time of formative growth to achieve human potential. Adolescents are biologically, emotionally and developmentally driven to engage with the world beyond their families, and that world is changing rapidly due to globalisation, urbanisation, digital media, and more accessible education. This creates both risks and opportunities for the health, wellbeing, and social development of the largest generation of adolescents in history. Investing in adolescent health and wellbeing brings a triple dividend of benefits now, into future adult life and for the next generation of children.

In 2013 The Lancet partnered with four leading academic institutions to establish a Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. The report was published in May 2016. The six recommendations from the report will now provide the framework for a Lancet Standing Commission, with the journal committed to actions for adolescent health and wellbeing for a further 5 years.

The Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing is currently in a planning phase. Areas of active planning include improving the quality of data systems and the evidence base for practice, the best models for youth engagement and leadership, tackling inequitable systems and promoting effective working relationships between health services and education systems. We expect to formally establish the Standing Commission in the first part of 2018.

Global adolescent health news

Adolescent health - vulnerable and under threat

New comment in The Lancet by Richard Horton calling on UN agencies and funders to improve their support of a comprehensive Global Adolescent Health Agenda. Standing Commission Youth Network Members, support his call and request all young people to join the conversation.   More...

9 Feb 2018

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Children in a digital age

UNICEF's "The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World" report is now out.   More...

12 Dec 2017

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#GBVChat Twitter chat

USAID-funded YouthPower Learning project will host a #GBVChat Twitter Chat on December 6, 2017. Please join this global conversation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET to discuss “Positive Steps to End Gender-Based Violence—in Education & with Education.”   More...

5 Dec 2017


DCP3 Volume 8 launch

Investment in child and adolescent health and development: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition.  More...

5 Dec 2017


Research with Adolescents

Webinar: How to Do Research with Adolescents Living in Low- and Middle-Income countries? Thursday, November 16th 2017.  More...

17 Oct 2017

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Youth Network Members

Introducing the newly appointed “Youth Network Members” for the Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.   More...

3 Oct 2017

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