04 March 2014 - Dispatch
UNITED NATIONS, Geneva - Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin addressed the 25th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council where he emphasized that sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental human right and that empowering women and girls is one of the most reliable pathways to improved well-being for all.
28 February 2014 - Dispatch
United Nations, New York – More than 300 United Nations Volunteers have supported UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, to deliver on its mandate in nearly 70 countries over the past seven years. The two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming this long-standing development partnership.
19 February 2014 - Press Release
UNITED NATIONS, New York — One hundred days after typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and left behind massive destruction and loss of lives, much remains to be done to fully bring affected communities back on their feet. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, estimates that there are more than 250,000 pregnant and 169,000 breastfeeding women in the typhoon-hit areas. Some 1,000 childbirths are taking place every day, with 150 expected to experience potentially life-threatening complications.
12 February 2014 - Press Release
UNITED NATIONS, New York — A new report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect the poorest and most marginalized, including adolescent girls and women affected by violence as well as rural populations.
11 February 2014 - Press Release
On February 10th, leaders from Pathfinder International and UNFPA signed a memorandum renewing the organizations’ collaborative commitment to advance family planning and gender equality worldwide. Pathfinder President Purnima Mane and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin met at UNFPA headquarters in New York to sign the agreement at a critical juncture in time—as progress toward the Millennium Development Goals is being assessed, new global development goals are taking shape, and the world is reviewing where we stand 20 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development.
06 February 2014 - Dispatch
UNITED NATIONS, New York -- UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, addressed the morning session of the 5th meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. His speech highlighed that young girls are the face of the future, and women and girls should be able to make choices about their lives in order to contribute to themselves and to the community.
05 February 2014 - Statement
Millions of girls around the world are still threatened by genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite a century of efforts to put an end to it. In the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated, more than 125 million girls and women have been cut. UNFPA projects that a further 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030, if current trends continue.
04 February 2014 - Dispatch
Preliminary results of the Demographic and Health Survey released earlier this week in Sierra Leone indicate that the country has improved health services in the last five years. Compared with the previous survey, indicators - especially in the area of reproductive health - could put the West African nation on track to achieve internationally agreed development goals.