By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
The rising frequency and impact of natural disasters is a clear sign of our changing world. It is also a warning for us to better prepare to reduce the risks that people might face. We need better management of land and the environment and to improve our preparedness and early warning systems.
Amman, 11 March, 2015 - UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, with the financial support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development launched today the “Women and Girls Safe Spaces: A guidance note based on lessons learned from the Syria crisis.”. The document provides guidance on how to establish women and girls safe spaces in humanitarian and post-crisis contexts and presents key guiding principles to manage the spaces.
Paris/New York - Empowering adolescent girls and young women through education is the aim – and the name – of a programme launched in New York today by UNESCO, UN Women, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank.
The 3rd Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration organized by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), with the support of partners including UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, was held at Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire) from 9 to 13 February 2015. UNFPA reaffirmed its support to States in strengthening their civil registration and vital statistics system.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
UNFPA, UNICEF, Confédération internationale des sages-femmes et Fédération internationale de gynécologie et d’obstétrique
Joint statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by UNFPA, UNICEF, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Female genital mutilation (FGM) violates the human rights and undermines the health and well-being of some 3 million girls each year. More than 130 million girls and women in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated today have undergone some form of FGM – and the impact on their lives is enormous.
Spending $25 per Woman Each Year Would Dramatically Reduce Maternal and Newborn Deaths
18 November 2014
World’s 1.8 Billion Young Can Propel Socioeconomic Development, New UNFPA Report Shows
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 18 November 2014—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.
HARARE/NEW YORK – “When I was working, I would not give my wife any money. I would keep what I made in my own pocket,” said John Kaponda in Epworth, Zimbabwe. “I would come home drunk, kick all the pots, and beat my wife if she was not cooking meat for me, even though I did not give her the money to buy meat.” But since joining Padare, a UNFPA-supported movement of men advocating for gender justice in Zimbabwe, Mr. Kaponda says, “I have made a lot of changes in my life.”
UNITED NATIONS, New York – By improving access to essential sexual and reproductive health services – including voluntary family planning and safe delivery care – preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths could be eliminated within a generation. This was the central message of a high-level event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters yesterday, where Governments pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the Every Woman Every Child movement.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nancy Tomee resisted female genital mutilation (FGM) for seven long years, enduring bullying and abuse before a local organization intervened on her behalf. Yesterday, Ms. Tomee spoke to dignitaries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about her efforts to empower other girls to stand up against FGM.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – “With significant investments in the education of young girls, sexual and reproductive health for youth and adolescents, as well as women’s empowerment in our counties, we will change the face of the Sahel,” President of Chad Idriss Déby said at the United Nations today, during a high-level panel on the potential of young people to drive economic growth in the Sahel region of Africa.
NEW YORK, United States – There are fewer than 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and too little progress has been made towards reducing maternal and child deaths. Yet simple, proven interventions can make these goals attainable, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, at the fifth annual Social Good Summit, a conference of world leaders, activists and technology experts, held today in New York.
National Workshop on Global Midwifery: “Socialization of the Results of the International Midwifery Congress and the State of World Midwifery 2014 Report”
COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION: PREPARING TEACHERS TO CLOSE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS GAP FACED BY LEARNERS
Johannesburg, 28 August 2014 – Young people in East and Southern Africa (ESA) face many challenges today. Nearly two thirds lack basic knowledge to access crucial sexuality education and health information to protect themselves from issues related to HIV and early pregnancy. With adolescents and young people making up over one third of the region’s population, it is critical we act now.
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2014
As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, I salute those who respond to crises and work tirelessly to save people in times of deep distress and danger. Today’s theme, “The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes,” calls attention to the courage and commitment of humanitarians who respond to increasing disasters and persistent conflicts around the world. They put their own lives at risk to save the lives of others.
A safe and healthy passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. Being healthy means not merely the absence of illness, but complete physical, mental and social well-being. An essential component of this is being able to realize one’s potential, cope with the stresses of life, build healthy relationships, work productively and participate fully in society. Yet, the mental health of young people is largely ignored and, as a result, depression is the largest cause of disability, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people worldwide.
At the Annual Session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board 2014
Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Executive Board, Colleagues and friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,