22 September 2014 - Statement
Over the past 20 years, we have seen the rise of hundreds of millions out of poverty, gender parity in primary education, fewer women dying giving life and more women in the workforce. These advances show just how powerful development founded on dignity and human rights can be. But we still have a long way to go.
22 September 2014 - Press Release
UNITED NATIONS, New York—More than 140 presidents, heads of government, ministers and high officials from around the world today reaffirmed their countries’ strong political support to the historic International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
22 September 2014 - Dispatch
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.” These remarks set the tone of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York.
21 September 2014 - Dispatch
NEW YORK, United States – There are fewer than 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and too little progress has been made towards reducing maternal and child deaths. Yet simple, proven interventions can make these goals attainable, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, at the fifth annual Social Good Summit, a conference of world leaders, activists and technology experts, held today in New York.
19 September 2014 - Dispatch
UNITED NATIONS, New York – A delegation of faith leaders at the United Nations today issued a rousing call to action on the fulfilment and protection of sexual and reproductive rights. Their declaration, issued at a global consultation during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, urged world leaders to uphold these rights and to ensure they are reflected in development plans being prepared for 2015.
18 September 2014 - Media Advisory
UNITED NATIONS, New York – A major initiative by the World Bank Group and UNFPA will enable countries in the troubled Sahel region to better invest in the well-being of their women and young people, particularly girls, so that they would become powerful engines for development.
17 September 2014 - Dispatch
TUNIS/NEW YORK – Tunisia’s adoption of a constitution guaranteeing equal rights and protection from gender-based violence is a huge step forward, says Meherzia Laabidi, the vice-president of the country’s National Constituent Assembly. But with discriminatory laws still on the books, and few enforcement mechanisms in place, much more work remains to be done. UNFPA is working with officials to help review and implement new protections for women and girls.
16 September 2014 - Dispatch
MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem ordinary for many women. But this is not the case for Saba, 21, who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years. Until recently, social norms prevented women in the camp from seeking these essential health services.