Adolescent health and development in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

General Comment No 4 (2003)


While adolescents are in general a healthy population group, adolescence also poses new challenges to health and development owing to their relative vulnerability and presure from society, including peers, to adopt risky health behaviour.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as

every human being below the age of 18 years unless, under the law applicable, majority is attained earlier (art. 1).

Consequently, adolescents up to 18 years old are holders of all the rights enshrined in the Convention;
they are entitled to special protection measures and, according to their evolving capacities,
they can progressively exercise their rights (art. 5).

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