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13 Oct 2013 description

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.

02 Aug 2013 description

The UN agency will support programmes in eight countries on the African continent over the next three years to give marginalized youth access to family planning

UNITED NATIONS, Johannesburg—UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund, will support eight African countries’ efforts to improve the reproductive health of adolescent girls.

22 Jan 2013 description

Africa has many accomplishments in which to take pride and confidence.

Progress on many fronts is dramatic with a new sense of optimism right across the continent.

Economic growth is strong, feeding through into increased incomes and better living standards. Foreign investment is pouring in, encouraged by the energy and talent of Africa's people, rising consumer demand and improved standards of government.