13 October 2014 - Dispatch

New birthing facility provides better health care options for indigenous peoples in Philippines

SITIO GAWASAN, Philippines – The road from Sitio Gawasan to the nearest village health centre is a long one. Accessible only by foot or a bumpy motorcycle ride through unpaved muddy roads, the journey can take up to four hours, a risk few expectant mothers can afford to take. But the opening of a new birthing facility in Gawasan has changed the lives of the local indigenous Arumanen community. more

10 October 2014 - Dispatch

In Viet Nam, the "Story of a Girl Child" echoes harrowing tale of prenatal sex selection

HANOI, Viet Nam – "When I was inside your womb, I felt your care and love given to me each day. When you discovered I was not the son you and Dad had dreamed of, you suffered shame and ridicule." These are lyrics from 'Story of a Girl Child', a song by Miss Vu Thao My, winner of the popular TV singing competition The Voice Viet Nam 2013. The song is helping to draw attention to the painful issue of son preference and resulting concerns about the imbalance of sex ratio at birth. more
10 October 2014 - Statement

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Today on the International Day of the Girl Child, I join every person around the world who believes that adolescent girls should live free of violence and discrimination. We are guided by the international human rights to which every human being is rightfully entitled. Every girl, no matter where she is born, should have a chance to reach her potential. more
03 October 2014 - Dispatch

UNFPA responds to needs of most vulnerable as displaced population surges in northern Pakistan

BANNU DISTRICT, Pakistan – When Farhat Begum heard that the ongoing military operations in North Waziristan had displaced more than one million people, she knew that it was time to come home. Today, she works as a midwife in a maternal and neonatal health clinic supported by UNFPA and its partners in Bannu, where most of the displaced have sought shelter. more
01 October 2014 - Statement

Leaving no one behind, promoting a society for all

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

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Latest publications

  • In or Out?
    The review analyses 19 National AIDS Strategic Plans (NSPs) in the Asia-Pacific region to determine the amount of attention paid to key populations, particularly young key populations (YKP). More than 40 sub-categories were used for the analysis covering NSP development and review; content and operationalization of the plan; and by key population/young key population.

  • Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection
    The study maps existing evidence on gender biased sex selection in the Indian context, weaving in significant social debates and policy developments, and the way forward on action. It offers practical suggestions to advance research and understanding on the subject by focusing on different areas such as family and household, education, labour and employment, and on institutions that directly or indirectly aid or fight the practice of sex selection.

  • Realizing the Potential
    This annual report summarizes the 2013 programmes, objectives and initiatives achieved, both globally and regionally, in 2013. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, worked with 159 countries, territories and other areas in 2013 to help deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.