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Human activity is altering the planet on an unprecedented scale, the report points out. More people are using more resources with more intensity and leaving a bigger "footprint" on the earth than ever before. The report examines the close links between environmental conditions, population trends, and prospects for alleviating poverty in developing countries. It finds that expanding women's opportunities and ensuring their reproductive health and rights are critically important, both to improve the well-being of growing human populations and to protect the natural world.
The Intercountry Consultation on Development of Strategies for Adolescent Health for South-East Asia Region of WHO was held from 26-29 May 1998 in New Delhi, India. The meeting was participated by representatives of countries from the health education, youth, women and NGO sectors as well as by UN agencies and observers. The objectives of the meeting were to review the health situation and issues related to adolescents in South-East Asia; to develop strategies for health and development of adolescents involving stake-holders from relevant sectors; and to plan for follow-up actions.