UNFPA News

19 August 2014 - Statement

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for World Humanitarian Day 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. more

19 August 2014 - Feature Story

On World Humanitarian Day, celebrating UNFPA’s humanitarian heroes

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I was looking for a fulfilling, out-of-the-ordinary task... a motivating career where I could reach society at large and offer my expertise,” said Catherine Njeri Makumi. She has found exactly that. In her role as a volunteer midwife working with UNFPA in Juba, South Sudan, she works around the clock to meet the needs of pregnant women, many of them displaced by the country’s ongoing conflict. more
19 August 2014 - Feature Story

Displaced Ukrainians find help, hope

LVIV, Ukraine – Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Many are women with children, like Ketevan, a young woman whose recent displacement from Artemivsk, a city in the Luhansk Region of Ukraine, was the second time she has been forced to escape violence. more
19 August 2014 - Feature Story

Highest-level of emergency declared in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UN officials have declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency,” the highest-level emergency designation. Over a million people have been displaced by violence, and many more are at risk, with hostilities limiting access to essential services. UNFPA is working around the clock to support the needs of the displaced. more
18 August 2014 - Feature Story

UN Secretary-General and Malala Yousafzai join #showyourselfie campaign

UNITED NATIONS, New York – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and global girls’ rights icon Malala Yousafzai are the latest people to lend their support to UNFPA and the Global Poverty Project’s #showyourselfie campaign. Mr. Ban and Malala took their selfie with Amy Robach, an American news anchor, at an event held today at the United Nations to mark the 500-day countdown until the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals. more
15 August 2014 - Feature Story

Quadruplets born in rural DRC, with help of emergency obstetric programme

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo - “In one day, my world changed,” said Bokoli Bepete, 36, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was something of an understatement: Ms. Bepete had just given birth to quadruplets. The extraordinary event was cause for celebration throughout the community. And for Ms. Bepete, it was a happy end to a difficult period. more
13 August 2014 - Dispatch

Syrian crisis takes heaviest toll on region’s women and girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The Syrian crisis continues to send shockwaves through the region, taking the heaviest toll on women and girls. Some 10.8 million people are affected by the emergency in Syria, including 432,000 pregnant women. Meanwhile, in surrounding countries – Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey – there are around 3 million Syrian refugees , an estimated 76,000 of whom are pregnant women, according to July data from UNFPA, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey. more
12 August 2014 - Press Release

United Nations Population Fund and Global Citizen Launch Worldwide “#showyourselfie” petition – Mobilizing People to Say “Youth Matter!”

UNITED NATIONS, New York - On International Youth Day, 12 August 2014, 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 15 years. more
12 August 2014 - Feature Story

On International Youth Day, UNFPA launches global #showyourselfie campaign to put youth in the picture

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, on International Youth Day, UNFPA and Global Citizen are officially 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 15 years. “Young people were not in focus in the Millennium Development Goals, the last global development plan that was adopted in 2000. They cannot be forgotten again,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. more

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