2017 conference

The Global Adolescent Health Conference


The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and Women Deliver launch: Advocacy Toolkit for Adolescents
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World Health Organizations launches
Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to Support Country Implementation
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Honourary Chair: The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), along with Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are pleased to host the Global Adolescent Health Conference: Unleashing the Power of a Generation, an international conference around timely issues and exciting solutions in adolescent health for the hardest to reach both in Canada and internationally. This effort will be supported by Women Deliver, the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing and youth change makers.

Conversations about global health outcomes are coalescing around adolescents as the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Every Woman Every Child targets. In support of these priorities and as part of a global roadmap of action for adolescent health, the overarching goal of this conference is to present a clear portrait of the current barriers and solutions to realizing health related rights and its implications for advancing adolescent health and well-being so adolescents are healthy and empowered to live to their fullest potential. These critical discussions will unite an international group of Ministers, government officials, multilaterals, civil society leaders, academics and youth voices.

Using a social determinants of health perspective, the conference will build a common understanding of the drivers of structural inequality faced by adolescents, specifically girls, that contribute to ill health. It will also inform an evidence-based strategy for achieving related goals and targets set forth by Agenda 2030 and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health.

Focusing on health and social policies, the conference will critically evaluate and synthesize existing evidence; discuss solution-focused policy and programming with the potential for improving the health and well-being of adolescents; and learn from the experiences of governmental and non-governmental representatives working within countries and of adolescents themselves to understand youth voices and experiences.

Four issue pillars will direct content and include: Nutrition; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Mental Health; and Data. Each pillar will aim to incorporate a cross-section of Youth voices; Gender equity; Implementation strategies; Fragile contexts; and, Accountability (e.g. human rights). Building on the four issue pillars, the conference will generate an inspirational and active discussion with clear key takeaways. The delivery of information will be given through multiple engaging formats, including TED talk style presentation, plenary sessions and panels, breakout sessions, as well as thematic networking breaks.

Our program is being guided by a Program Advisory Committee which includes broad representation of CanWaCH domestic partners and the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health, as well as a Youth Council to ensure that youth voices and perspectives are incorporated into the conference content and format:

Program Advisory Committee

Conference Youth Council

Special thanks to Women Deliver for providing their expertise and support towards our Conference Youth Council.

For more information about the Conference Youth Council, download their full profiles