31 October 2013

State of World Population 2013 Launches Worldwide

The State of World Population 2013 , UNFPA's flagship report, was launched in cities around the world on 30 October.

The report, entitled Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy, examines the main challenges of adolescent pregnancy and provides new statistics on its serious impacts on girls’ education, health and future economic productivity. It also shows what can be done to curb this trend and protect girls’ human rights and well-being.

"The aim of UNFPA’s State of World Population 2013 is to provoke a new way of thinking about and tackling adolescent pregnancy and to encourage a shift away from interventions targeted at girls towards broad-based approaches that build girls’ human capital, protect girls’ rights and empower them to make decisions," said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his statement at the principal launch event in London.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, launched the State of World Population 2013 at the Royal Society in London.

UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme) Kate Gilmore briefed journalists at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Dianne Stewart, Director of the Information and External Relations Division of UNFPA, spoke at the launch of the report at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Eamon Gilmore, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, with Mona Kaidbey, Deputy Director of UNFPA's Technical Division, at the State of World Population 2013 launch in Dublin.

Werner Haug, Regional Director for UNFPA's Eastern Europe and Central Asia office, was joined by Renate Bähr, Executive Director of the German Foundation for World Population (left), and Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (right), at the launch event in Berlin.