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Adolescent health and development in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child



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CRC UNITED NATION S Convention on the Rights of the Child Distr GENERAL CRC GC 2003 4 1 July 2003 Original ENGLISH COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD Thirty third session 19 May 6 June 2003 GENERAL COMMENT NO 4 2003 Adolescent health and development in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Introduction 1 The Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable majority is attained earlier art 1 Consequently adolescents up to 18 years old are holders of all the rights enshrined in the Convention they are entitled to special protection measures and according to their evolving capacities they can progressively exercise their rights art 5 2 Adolescence is a period characterized by rapid physical cognitive and social changes including sexual and reproductive maturation the gradual building up of the capacity to assume adult behaviours and roles involving new responsibilities requiring new knowledge and skills While adolescents are in general a healthy population group adolescence also poses new challenges to health and development owing to their relative vulnerability and pressure from society including peers to adopt risky health behaviour These challenges include developing an individual identity and dealing with one s sexuality The dynamic transition period to adulthood is also generally a period of positive changes prompted by the significant capacity of adolescents to learn rapidly to experience new and diverse situations to develop and use critical thinking to familiarize themselves with freedom to be creative and to socialize CRC GC 2003 4 page 2 GE 03 42724 E 100803 3 The Committee on the Rights of the Child notes with concern that in implementing their obligations under the Convention States parties have not given sufficient attention to the specific concerns of adolescents as rights holders and to promoting their health and development This has motivated the



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