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 Our future: a Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 09:00 – 17:30 BST

This is the largest generation of adolescents and young adults in human history (1.8 billion), they are a group that demands more attention and action.

Adolescents and young adults face unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change. This new Lancet Commission argues that there are tremendous unrealised opportunities not only for the health and wellbeing of young people themselves but also for the future of society and future generations. Inaction however remains a threat to health, economic development, and even the health of our planet. The most powerful actions for adolescent health and wellbeing are intersectoral, multilevel, and multicomponent and engage and empower young people themselves to be part of change and accountability mechanisms.

The report, commentaries, translations and infographics are available for download here:

Symposium Agenda

Kennedy Lecture Theatre
University College London
10 May 2016

08:30–09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:00–09:15 Welcome
Michael Arthur, Provost of University College London
Sabine Kleinert, The Lancet
09:15–10:15 Key Findings
Chair: Sabine Kleinert
Report Overview: George Patton, University of Melbourne
George’s presentation
10:15–10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45–12:00 Panel 1: Intersectoral Action Including Secondary School Education
Chair: Judith Diers, UNICEF*
Presenter: Russell Viner, University College London*
Panellists: Chris Bonell, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine*; Saul Estrin, London School of Economics; Tony Little, GEMS Education; Terry McGovern, Columbia University*; Nicola Reavley, University of Melbourne
Russell’s presentation
12:00–13:00 LUNCH
13:00–14:15 Panel 2: County Level Action
Chair: Susan Sawyer, University of Melbourne*
Presenter: Adesegun Fatusi, Obafemi Awolowo University*
Panellists: Lola Dare, CHESTRAD; Jane Ferguson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine*; Joy Lawn, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; David Ross, WHO*; John Santelli, Columbia University*
Adesegun’s presentation
14:15–15:30 Panel 3: Youth Engagement and Empowerment
Chair: Suzanne Petroni, ICRW*
Presenter: Kikelomo Taiwo, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services *
Panellists: Rima Afifi, American University of Beirut*; Sara Vida Coumans, Amnesty International; Judy Diers, UNICEF*; Georgia Lockwood-Estrin, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Rishita Nandagiri, London School of Economics; Yemurai Nyoni, Partnership for Maternal Newborn Child Health
Suzanne’s presentation
15:30–16:00 AFTERNOON TEA
16:00–17:15 Panel 4: Accountability: Perspective from International Development
Chair: Richard Horton, The Lancet
Presenter: Chris Elias, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Panellists: Carmen Barroso, EWEC Independent Accountability Panel*; Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children*; Anthony Costello, WHO; Lola Dare, CHESTRAD; Robin Gorna; Partnership for Maternal Newborn Child Health; Yemurai Nyoni, Partnership for Maternal Newborn Child Health; Kate Hampton, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
17:15–17:30 Next Steps and Concluding Comment
George Patton, University of Melbourne*
17:30–18:30 RECEPTION


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