The United Nations call for a physical and social environment that promotes good health, offers protection from disease and addiction and is free from all types of violence. More than 1.8 million young people aged 15 to 24 die each year, mostly due to preventable causes. A much greater number of young people suffer from illnesses that hinder their ability to grow and develop to their full potential. Health issues affecting young people include early pregnancy and childbirth, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, mental health issues, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol, violence and injuries.

Responding to the health-related challenges young people face globally, the Youth-SWAP directs at:

Ensuring that young people, on an inclusive, equitable and universal basis, enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

In order to contribute to this goal the members of the IANYD have both jointly and individually implemented initiatives on a global, regional and national level contributing to meet the commitments set in the Youth-SWAP:

  • Support countries to develop and enforce gender-sensitive laws and policies that promote and protect the health of all young people.
  • Support countries’ efforts to improve the capacity of health systems to universal coverage of gender-sensitive and age appropriate health services to young people.

For details on specific activities, joint programmes, achievements and progress at the global, regional and country levels, please read the 2014 System-wide Action Plan on Youth Report, available here.