01 October 2014 - Statement

Statement on the International Day of Older Persons

On this 24th International Day of Older Persons, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joins the worldwide celebration of longevity and acknowledges the contributions that older persons make to their families, communities and societies. We celebrate the fact that more people are living longer and healthier lives. more

23 September 2014 - Dispatch

Human rights, dignity must form cornerstone of future sustainable development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “We cannot talk about sustainable development without addressing women’s empowerment, gender inequality, and discrimination and violence,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “We cannot talk about sustainable development without ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all.” more
22 September 2014 - Dispatch

Investing in young people to beat the odds in the Blue Continent

FIJI, South Pacific – When Bobby Shing’s grandmother died in 2001, it was a turning point. The musician from Aneityum, one of the most remote islands of Vanuatu, was just a child at the time, but he had already fallen into substance abuse. The loss of his grandmother made him realize he wanted to do more with his life. Now 23 years old, he runs a UNFPA-supported music programme that reaches out to vulnerable young people. more
16 September 2014 - Dispatch

In Thailand’s refugee camps, shifting attitudes about sexual and reproductive health

MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem ordinary for many women. But this is not the case for Saba, a 21-year-old mother who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years. more
09 September 2014 - Dispatch

Youth volunteers in Iran show their selfies to promote role of young people

KERMAN, Iran – “Youth are the capital of Iran,” said Zahra Akbari, 27, at a UNFPA-supported training session for youth volunteers, held in in Kerman, Iran. The volunteers – all young women –  took part in UNFPA’s #showyourselfie campaign to promote the role of youth in development. more
01 September 2014 - Dispatch

Ageing population doesn’t have to be a ‘time bomb’, Asia conference hears

CHIANG MAI, Thailand—The predicted catastrophe resulting from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is not inevitable, experts said today at a regional conference of the HelpAge Network. more
30 August 2014 - Press Release

Myanmar releases population count from census

YANGON—Myanmar has a population of 51.4 million people, according to provisional census data released today by the Minister of Immigration and Population. more
19 August 2014 - Statement

Statement for World Humanitarian Day

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. more
12 August 2014 - Press Release

United Nations Population Fund and Global Citizen launch worldwide “#showyourselfie” petition - mobilizing millions to say “YOUNG PEOPLE MATTER!”

NEW YORK, 12 AUGUST, 2014 - On International Youth Day, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and Global Citizen are launching #showyourselfie,  a global campaign to urge world leaders to prioritize the needs and rights of young people in the post-2015 development agenda - the roadmap for the world’s development over the next fifteen years.  more

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