12 May 2016
The Lancet has published Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, a report that brings together perspectives from public health, economics, political and social science, behavioural science and neuroscience to consider strategies to advance adolescent health and wellbeing.
The largest generation of adolescents and young people in human history (1.8 billion) demands more attention and action. Adolescents and young adults face unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change. This new Lancet Commission argues that there are both current threats, if inaction continues, but also tremendous unrealised opportunities not only for the health and wellbeing of young people themselves but also for the future of society and future generations. The most powerful actions for adolescent health and wellbeing are intersectoral, multilevel, and multicomponent and engage and empower young people themselves to be part of change and accountability mechanisms.
Professor George Patton, chair of the Lancet Commission, discusses how the world's 1.8 billion adolescents have the power to positively transform the future:
Watch the recorded webcast of the symposium launch of the report, streamed live on Tuesday 10 May 2016 from London: