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Leaders pledge to help end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths within a generation

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.

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Seven years of resistance: one girl’s fight against FGM

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.

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Empowering girls key to Africa's success, leaders affirm

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.

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In race to save women’s lives, solutions are within reach, says UNFPA head

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.

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Investment in midwifery can save millions of lives of women and newborns

National Workshop on Global Midwifery: “Socialization of the Results of the International Midwifery Congress and the State of World Midwifery 2014 Report”

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Sexuality education: UNFPA helps prepare teachers

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.

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UNFPA salutes our humanitarian workers

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.

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Statement of the Executive Director, UNFPA - International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 “Mental Health Matters”

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.

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Statement by the Executive Director to the Executive Board

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,

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Global summit urges end to sexual violence in conflict

UNITED NATIONS, New York – In conflicts the world over, women’s bodies become battlegrounds and rape becomes a weapon of war. This week, government ministers and representatives from the United Nations and other organizations are joining legal, military and judicial experts to generate momentum towards ending the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict.

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The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014

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Investment in midwifery can save millions of lives of women and newborns

3 June 2014 | PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - A report released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), WHO and partners reveals that major deficits in the midwifery workforce occur in 73 countries where these services are most desperately needed. The report recommends new strategies to address these deficits and save millions of lives of women and newborns.

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UNICEF, UNFPA stand behind Africa’s biggest anti child marriage push

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 29 May 2014 – UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) welcomed the first African Union campaign to end child marriage launched in Addis Ababa today.

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Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013 Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, The World Bank and the United Nations Population Division

New WHO report shows 45 percent reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289,000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523 000 in 1990.

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Statement for the International Day of the Midwife

Join statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund and Frances Day-Stirk, President, International Confederation of Midwives

The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on 5 May.

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Parliamentarians Spotlight Rights of Women and Girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Hundreds of parliamentarians, dignitaries and policymakers from around the world gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, from 23 to 25 April to reaffirm their support for women’s and adolescents’ human rights, particularly their reproductive rights.

Taking place 20 years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Stockholm event – the 6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action – focused attention on the links between population issues and sustainable development.

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UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries

UNITED NATIONS, New York — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives and services in developing countries, particularly for young people.

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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.