New Internationalist

Young people face facts

February 2004

• Nearly half the world’s people are under 25 years old.
• 87 per cent live in the Majority World.
• 462 million live on less than $2 daily.
• 5,000 become refugees every day.
• Every 14 seconds, another youth becomes infected with hiv. The majority are young women.
• 82 million girls now aged between 10 and 17 years will be married by their 18th birthday.

Source: United Nations Population Fund Making 1 Billion count – investing in adolescents’ health and rights (UNFPA, 2003)

Front cover of New Internationalist magazine, issue 364 This column was published in the February 2004 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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