World Congress

The IAAH World Congress brings people together from across the globe who work with and for young people, as well as young people themselves. At its heart, these meetings explore the opportunities, evidence-base, challenges and costs of services, programs and approaches for improving adolescent and young adult health that can be delivered by health services, schools, and communities. From 1974-2017, IAAH hosted a World Congress on Adolescent Health every 4 years. We are now moving to a briefer periodicity.

The World Congress welcomes the diverse constituencies that form the field of adolescent health to explore new ideas, the latest research and promising interventions. The World Congress is an opportunity to explore specific health conditions (eg sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS and pregnancy, mental health, NCDs, injuries) as well as common health risks and determinants that shape adolescents’ health and wellbeing (eg gender inequality, poverty, migration, violence, stigma, bullying, abuse). The World Congress is a time to be challenged and inspired, to meet the people and organizations shaping the field including young people, and to catch up with old friends. Health practitioners (public health, health promotion, clinicians) researchers, policy makers (eg UN agency staff), NGOs and youth health advocates are but some of the participants who attend the World Congress.  All are welcome, including those new to adolescent health.

12TH World Congress on Adolescent Health

2020 IAAH World Congress – Lima, Peru

In partnership with the Peruvian Society for Adolescence and Youth (SPAJ), we are excited to announce that the 12th World Congress on Adolescent Health will be held in Lima, Peru, 5-7, November 2020. More information will be coming soon, so make sure to check back!

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Past World Congresses

2017 World Congress

October 27-29, 2017
New Delhi, India

✦ Youth Charter – View and download
✦ Abstract Booklet – View and download
✦ Youth Engagement Booklet – View and download
✦ Program Booklet – View and download

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2013 World Congress

June 11-13, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

✦ Posters, Presentations, Symposiums – View and download
✦ Youth Forum Report – View and download
✦ Youth Forum Booklet – View and download
✦ World Congress Booklet  – View and download

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“Adolescents need to be at the centre of future investment in health and education for sustainable development. The IAAH World Congress in Delhi showcased how that can happen”

-Dr. Sunil Mehra, Executive Director, MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child

“This meeting couldn’t have been better timed. Never before has there been such global recognition of the importance of advancing the health and wellbeing of adolescents. A groundswell of professionals, global partners and young people came to Delhi from all over the world to share ideas, evidence and actions to advance adolescent health. Certainly it was among the best meetings that IAAH has yet hosted”

Professor Susan Sawyer, President IAAH

YearSites of past IAAH World CongressesLocation
202012th World Congress on Adolescent HealthLima, Peru
201711th World Congress on Adolescent HealthNew Delhi, India
201310th World Congress on Adolescent HealthIstanbul, Turkey
20099th World Congress on Adolescent HealthKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20048th World Congress on Adolescent HealthBahia, Brazil
20017th World Congress on Adolescent HealthLisbon, Portugal
19956th International Youth Health Assembly
(with Society for Adolescent Medicine)
Vancouver, Canada
19915th International Congress on Adolescent HealthMontreux, Switzerland
19874th International Congress on Adolescent HealthSydney, Australia
19833rd International Congress on Adolescent HealthJerusalem, Israel
19792nd International Congress on Adolescent HealthWashington DC USA
19741st International Congress on Adolescent HealthHelsinki, Finland
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