The rights of adolescents: the most important articulation of adolescent rights since 1989

At the Palais de Nations in Geneva, the Committee on the Rights of the Child launched the most important articulation of adolescent rights since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Significantly, the General Comment takes the strongest positions adopted so far by the UN in outlining how age-related legislation should be used, reformed and abolished in terms of governing the ability of adolescents to access services, make independent choices, and realise their rights. This article captures discussions from the launch, provides context and makes our own recommendations.

REWIND: A look back at the most significant moments for the youth sector in 2016

There is no disputing it: 2016 was a momentous year. Some even call it the “worst year ever”. While there was certainly much that was newsworthy about last year, we dig behind the big headlines and list what we consider to be some of the most important moments for the global youth sector. From new youth research projects, and big global summits on youth, to shake-ups at the United Nations, and calls for new youth policies, 2016 was an eventful year all around, and no less for young people.

Youth Policy Working Paper 4: Exploring age-related legislation affecting children and youth

Timed to coincide with the launch of the “General Comment on Adolescence”, our final working paper of 2016 explores the debate surrounding age-related legislation. Minimum age definitions directly influence the realities of children, adolescents and young people: when they can make independent health choices, be tried and held in adult courts and prisons, access financial credit for business or consent to marriage. However, as this paper explores, there is a clear lack of uniformity – both in the debate amongst the child rights community and experienced by young people in reality.