11 July 2013
One billion of the world’s population is comprised of youths—those aged 15 to 24—of which half are young women. In all, 85% live in developing countries, with the largest proportion in Asia. In Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, youth account for more than 15% of the population. In the younger subset specifically, there are 260 million girls aged 15 to 19 living in these areas. As we mark World Population Day this July 11th, let us remember their unique needs for reproductive and sexual health education and services.