State of World Population 2016

No. of pages: 116

Publication date: October 2016

Author: UNFPA

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INVESTING IN AND SUPPORTING 10-YEAR-OLD GIRLS
 
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the world’s blueprint for equitable, inclusive development that leaves no one behind. This 15-year plan promises to help transform the futures of millions of 10-year-old girls who have traditionally been left behind.
 
Many of the Sustainable Development Goals may only be achieved if everyone’s potential—including that of all 10-year-old girls—is realized. Chief among the Goals is a vision for a world without poverty. But countries cannot end poverty if girls are unable to make a safe and healthy transition from adolescence to adulthood and become productive members of their communities and nations.
 
A 10-year-old girl who is blocked from completing her education means that Sustainable Development Goal 4, quality education for all, will also be unattainable. And without quality education, that 10-year-old girl will not acquire skills to earn a better income and find decent work, as sought in Goal 8. Goal 3 on health and well-being at all ages is not feasible for a girl at risk of HIV or early pregnancy.