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Human Rights Essential to Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Human rights violations are one of the main challenges to achieving equitable, universal and sustainable access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, according to international experts gathered at a side event of the UN Commission on Population and Development.

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Midwives are Key to Fewer Maternal Deaths

UNITED NATIONS, New York – At a side event of the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, leaders and experts highlighted the key role of midwifery in drastically decreasing maternal deaths and providing crucial services for societies as a whole.

But Ms. Tanja Rasmusson, Sweden’s State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, noted that political will is needed to further reduce maternal deaths. “Societies have to decide that it’s worth it to invest in a woman’s life,” she said.

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Sound of Silence: Dealing with the Legacy of Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Women often suffer the worst consequences of armed conflict. As targets of sexual violence, they endure unspeakable atrocities on the margins of the world’s battlefields.

“Rape in war leaves many unseen scars that continue to haunt survivors long after the guns have fallen silent and the conflict has ended,” said Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in her remarks at a high-level panel of this year’s Commission on Status of Women.

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Zeroing in on the Needs of Women and Young People – World AIDS Day 2013

Today, as we mark World AIDS Day, we can point to significant progress in the global response to the epidemic on the road to reaching the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worldwide, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall, more people have access to antiretroviral treatment and, as a result, fewer people are dying of AIDS.

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State of World Population 2013: Motherhood in Childhood - Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy

Motherhood in childhood is a huge problem, especially in developing countries, where every year 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth, according to The State of World Population 2013 report released today by UNFPA.

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Innovating for girls' education

Statement by the UNFPA Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October 2013

More girls are in school today than ever before. However, too many girls, especially the most marginalized, have never seen the inside of a classroom, or they go to school only sporadically, never getting the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to reach their full potential. For those in school, challenges like teacher shortages abound, making learning difficult even for the most motivated student.

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International Migration and Development: Contributions and Recommendations of the International System

This publication has been prepared by the UN system organizations and related international entities as input to the second UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on 3 and 4 October 2013.

The individual chapters illustrate the work undertaken by the various contributors in support of migrants, their families, and societies touched by migration. The agency chapters draw the attention of policymakers and practitioners to tools, guides and good practices in the area of international migration and development.

International Organization for Migration:

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Asian and Pacific Countries Adopt Ground-Breaking Agenda on Population, Development and Rights

BANGKOK, Thailand (ESCAP and UNFPA) – A regional ministerial conference of Asian and Pacific governments has issued a strong reaffirmation that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development framework.

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UNFPA, USAID Strengthen Collaboration to Boost Access to Voluntary Family Planning for Women across Globe

Agencies will tackle critical gaps to improve maternal health

UNITED NATIONS, New York—USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, two of the longest-serving development agencies addressing population concerns, announced today new efforts to strengthen their collaboration to advance reproductive health, including voluntary family planning, worldwide.

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Pregnancy complications, child birth leading cause of death among 15-19 year old girls - UNFPA chief

TEHRAN, 8 July 2013 (UNIC)—United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his message on World Population Day, 11 July 2013 said about 16 million girls aged 15-19 give birth each year, and complications from pregnancy and child birth are the leading cause of death among girls in this age group, especially in developing countries.

The full text of his message reads:

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Investing in Women's Health - the Key to Africa's Economic Development

Opinion Piece by Dr. Babtunde Osotimehin, Executive Director UNFPA for Kyodo News

In countries where women have adequate access to reproductive health services -- such as family planning, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric and neonatal care -- maternal and newborn deaths are rare. But this is a luxury in many African countries.

Africa has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, with 57 percent of all maternal deaths occurring on the continent.

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Adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs in humanitarian settings: an in-depth look at family planning services [EN/AR]


Globally, 16 million girls aged 15-19 years and two million girls under age 15 give birth every year. In the poorest regions of the world, this translates to roughly one in three girls bearing children by the age of 18.

Adolescent girls are at the highest risk of maternal death: the risk of pregnancy-related death is twice as high for girls aged 15-19 and five times higher for girls aged 10-14 compared to women in their twenties.

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Feeding Mothers, Saving Lives And Nourishing The Next Generation

GENEVA – The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, are launching a new partnership to improve nutrition among pregnant and breastfeeding women to ensure the next generation of children achieve the best possible start in life.

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Alimentando a madres, salvando vidas y nutriendo a la próxima generación

LONDRES – El Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) y UNFPA, el Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas, están lanzando una nueva alianza para mejorar la nutrición de las mujeres embarazadas y lactantes para asegurar que la próxima generación de niños obtengan el mejor comienzo posible en la vida.

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Communiqué de presse conjoint PAM UNFPA: Mieux nourrir les mères d’enfants en bas-âge pour qu’ils vivent bien

GENEVE – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) et le Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population (UNFPA) lancent aujourd’hui un nouveau partenariat pour améliorer la nutrition des femmes enceintes et allaitantes afin d’assurer que la future génération d’enfants puisse avoir le meilleur départ possible dans la vie.

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Year in Review: Highlights of UNFPA's Work in 2012

NEW YORK — UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin yesterday presented the Fund’s 2012 Annual Report: Promises to Keep, to its Executive Board. The title refers to the 26 overarching commitments UNFPA made in 2012 to become more effective, to focus on its core mandate, to prepare for emerging challenges and to make a real difference in the lives of individual women and young people in developing countries.

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New Initiative to Boost Family Planning Services for Youth, Vulnerable Groups, Countries in Transition

KUALA LUMPUR—A new level of partnership that will bring a significant boost in investment to family planning services in 13 countries, with a focus on vulnerable groups, particularly in areas affected by natural disasters and conflict, was launched by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today at Women Deliver in Kuala Lumpur.

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Pledges to Give Poor Women Access to Family Planning Are Having an Impact

KUALA LUMPUR—Enabling family planning use to empower girls and women and protect their health was the theme of day two of the Women Deliver conference. Nine months after developing countries, donors and civil society groups pledged to make voluntary contraception available to millions now lacking access, participants heard there has been significant progress towards that goal.

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Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America

28 May 2013 – Violence against women and girls is a pervasive human rights violation that persists in every country in the world and cuts across all socioeconomic groups and cultures. Nevertheless, a UN study launched today highlights that indigenous girls are at heightened risk due to the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face.

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Technology is Transforming the Future of Development

New e-training modules aim to enhance skills of healthcare workers

Across the remote, rural areas of the developing world, childbearing is fraught with danger. And when life-threatening complications arise, as they do — often unpredictably — women are simply too far to reach lifesaving care.

But more and more frequently, technology is paving the road to improved outcomes, even where few roads exist.