During conflicts, disasters and protracted crises, the rights and needs of adolescents are often overlooked to devastating effect – as well as their contributions. However, adolescents are an important and dynamic part of the fabric of society, especially in fragile contexts and humanitarian settings. They are a powerful resource for initiating positive change and they should enjoy the opportunities to be engaged and empowered to so. The UNICEF Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) Sector is working with and for adolescents in humanitarian and protracted crises settings to address their needs and empower them to be reach their full potential to become agents of positive change.
AAP is about using power and resources ethically and responsibly. It’s about putting the needs and interests of the people we serve at the centre of decision-making, and ensuring the most appropriate and relevant outcomes for them, while preserving their rights and dignity and increasing their resilience to face situations of vulnerability and crisis.