18 November 2014 - Statement

Statement of the Executive Director on The State of World Population 2014 report

Welcome to the launch of The State of World Population 2014, “The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future.” Never before have there been so many young people. Never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress.   more
18 November 2014 - Press Release

World’s 1.8 Billion Young Can Propel Socioeconomic Development, New UNFPA Report Shows

UNITED NATIONS, New York—Developing countries with large youth populations could see their economies soar, provided they invest heavily in young people’s education and health and protect their rights, according to The State of World Population 2014, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The potential economic gains would be realized through a “demographic dividend,” which can occur when a country’s working age population is larger than the population that is dependent and younger, the report shows. more
18 November 2014 - Dispatch

Huge potential for economic growth requires fulfilling the promise of youth, flagship report says

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Never before have there been so many young people – never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress,” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, said today at the launch of the agency’s flagship report, The State of World Population 2014. The vast majority of the world’s 1.8 billion young people – those between ages 10 and 24 – live in developing countries. With proper investment in their education, health, human rights and welfare, these countries could see their economies soar, the report says. more
17 November 2014 - Press Release

World’s 1.8 Billion Young Can Propel Socioeconomic Development, New UNFPA Report Shows

UNITED NATIONS, New York—Developing countries with large youth populations could see their economies soar, provided they invest heavily in young people’s education and health and protect their rights, according to The State of World Population 2014, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. more
12 November 2014 - Statement

Joint Statement on the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing surgical contraception in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 12 November 2014—Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and Tewodros Melesse, Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), today issued a joint statement about the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing surgical contraception in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. more
11 November 2014 - Dispatch

In Liberia, contact tracing key to curtailing Ebola’s spread

MONROVIA, Liberia – Although there are signs the Ebola outbreak in Liberia is slowing, the fight against the disease remains an uphill battle. Underlying problems with the health system continue to impede public health responses, and rumours are discouraging people from seeking help. To extend the reach of health workers and calm fears about the outbreak, UNFPA is playing a key role in contact tracing and disease surveillance efforts. more
10 November 2014 - Dispatch

Bringing men into the equation: Men work to end violence against women

HARARE/NEW YORK – This week, UNFPA joins partners and advocates at the second international MenEngage Global Symposium, in New Delhi, India. The event brings together policy experts, researchers and activists to share new findings and best practices on getting men and boys involved in ending gender-based violence and promoting gender equality. A UNFPA-supported programme in Zimbabwe shows how such efforts are already making a difference. more
06 November 2014 - Dispatch

UNFPA partners with the Guardian in the fight against FGM

NAIROBI, Kenya – A new campaign highlighting the critical role of media in helping to end female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Kenya, Nairobi, last week. The campaign will engage global media outlets, particularly in Africa, on how to improve their coverage of the consequences of this practice on women and girls, their families and their communities. It will also encourage reporting on the communities’ efforts to abandon FGM and protect women’s and girls’ rights. The aim is to help end this practice within a generation. more
05 November 2014 - Dispatch

West Darfur woman defies opposition to antenatal care, safely delivers triplets

MORNEI, Sudan – Raising awareness of the importance of maternal health care is the first step toward improving maternal survival. This is what 26-year-old Khadija Abdulla did when she safely gave birth to triplets in the conflict-affected state of West Darfur. more

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