Botnar Foundation

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The commitments aim to address pressing challenges facing adolescents and young people, including digitalization, urbanization and climate change, and to boost collaboration ahead of the Global Adolescent Forum in October.

Ten global stakeholders have joined the Botnar Foundation in their call to action to address the unique challenges and opportunities faced by more than 1.8 billion adolescents and young people who live in a world radically different from previous generations. Adolescents already represent a third of the world’s population, but they are excluded from discussions and decision-making on issues such as digitalization, urbanization, mobility and climate change, and are increasingly disconnected from generation in charge.

Today, these transformations have introduced significant challenges, including increased risk of mental health problems, exposure to violence, and disparities in access to essential resourceswhich need to be addressed urgently.

Commenting on the event, Stefan Germann, CEO of the Botnar Foundation, said: “Today’s adolescents are the first generation to have grown up in a digital world and with an acute awareness of the transformations our world is facing. If we don’t mobilize them now, we are missing an opportunity to create a world ready for the future. This is a unique opportunity for stakeholders from diverse sectors to unite around a common mission and propose a strong action plan at the next Global Adolescent Forum in October 2023.”

Despite progress in recent decades in reducing poverty, mortality rates, and access to education, adolescent health and well-being remain underserved and unequal. Adolescents are often a “missing population” in global health prioritiesincluding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Private sector and philanthropic stakeholders at the event joined the Botnar Foundation, which has already committed $45 million to improve the health and well-being of adolescents, through initiatives such as making cities safer for adolescents, foster safe digital environments and improve mental health and well-being. Other organizations making commitments include:

  • FIA Foundation
  • UNICEF and Generation Unlimited
  • Surgo Health, Pivotal Ventures and MTV Entertainment Studios

With in five years of strategic investment, the Botnar Foundation has acquired a solid position and technical expertise in these areasworking closely with partners at global and national levels and collaborating with young people to create positive and lasting change in communities.

Today, the Botnar Foundation invites all stakeholders to build on these initial commitments and continue the work beyond New York. The Global Adolescent Forum, hosted by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) on October 11-12, will be a crucial opportunity to mobilize greater commitment to health and well-being of adolescents.

Helen Clark, Chair of the PMNCH Board of Directors, added: “What is needed is multi-sectoral action. UNGA 78 is a historic opportunity for leaders to prioritize health and well-being. Building on this momentum, we look forward to hosting the Global Adolescent Forum in October to bring together young people and adolescents, advocates and global decision-makers to take action and strengthen financial and political commitments on this important issue.

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