Investing in Adolescents Can Break Cycles of Poverty and Inequity

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Launch of the State of the World’s Children 2011 Report entitled “Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity”

WHO:
Hilde Frafjord Johnson, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
Dr Sarah Kambou, President of the International Center for Research on Women
Tamara Kreinin, Executive Director, Women and Population program, United Nations Foundation

WHERE:
UN Press Conference Room (Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium), United Nations Headquarters

WHEN:
10.30 am EST, Friday, 25 February 2011

WHAT:
The launch of UNICEF flagship publication State of the World’s Children 2011 entitled “Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity”

WHY:
The world is home to 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19. The vast majority of them live in developing countries and face a unique set of challenges. Investing in adolescent now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity and ensure that adolescence becomes an age of opportunity.

Please note that the report, executive summary and all media materials are embargoed until 00:01 GMT, Friday 25 February 2011.

Attention broadcasters:
Video footage will be available free of charge at http://www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

Audio footage will be available free of charge at http://www.radioworkshop.org

The UNICEF website dedicated to youth participation will be relaunched at:
http://www.voicesofyouth.org

Journalists without UN press credentials must obtain a pass in advance.

Please visit http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation

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