09 December 2013 - Dispatch
Improving the availability of data on young people in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is the goal of a new initiative launched at a workshop organized by UNFPA and CIS STAT in Moscow on 14-15 November 2013.
“The transition processes in the CIS region have opened up new opportunities for youth, but young people are also more likely to become victims of human trafficking, HIV or drug abuse and they are at higher risk of poverty and unemployment compared to the adult population,” said Gulnara Kadyrkulova, Population and Development Specialist at UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
20 November 2013 - Dispatch
Improving assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings and smuggled migrants in Central Asia was the goal of a series of meetings culminating in a regional workshop organized by UNFPA in Almaty in October.
“The meetings served to discuss how to apply international standards and good practices in Central Asia,” said Nikolai Botev, the Director of UNFPA’s Sub-regional Office for Central Asia.
18 November 2013 - Dispatch
The Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crisis Situations for Eastern Europe and Central Asia held its second forum in Istanbul on 6-7 November 2013 to strengthen regional partnerships in the region, elect a steering committee and agree on a work plan for 2014.
The countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are prone to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, and some are affected by conflicts, including a number of “frozen” conflicts. Women and children are often among those most affected by natural and man-made disasters.
13 November 2013 - Dispatch
Human rights must be at the centre of efforts to respond to current population dynamics such as ageing and migration, experts said during a panel discussion organized by UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia as part of a regional consultation event aimed at contributing to a new development agenda for the time after the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015.
“Human rights must be at the centre of the new development agenda, and in particular women’s rights – unfortunately there is a tendency in our region to forget this,” said Werner Haug, UNFPA’s Regional Director, who moderated the panel discussion.
04 November 2013 - Dispatch
The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, today took part in the Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER) Global Advisory Group meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, where the Envoy is currently on official mission.
During the gathering, Alhendawi briefed the Y-PEER members about his role, the United Nations’ common strategy on youth – the System-Wide Action Plan (SWAP) – and stressed the importance of the World Programme of Action for Youth as a guide for the UN’s work with and for young people.
01 November 2013 - Press Release
MOSCOW, 1 November 2013 – For the Russian Federation to reduce its high teenage pregnancy and abortion rates, adolescents need better access to information on how to protect themselves effectively from unwanted pregnancy, Werner Haug, the Director of UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said in Moscow today at an event to launch the State of the World Population Report 2013 and celebrate the completion of UNFPA’s work in the country.
The report, which this year focuses on adolescent pregnancy, ranks the Russian Federation just below the average teenage pregnancy rate for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, at 30 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 years (the regional average is 32).
30 October 2013 - Dispatch
ISTANBUL – Motherhood in childhood is a huge global problem, especially in developing countries, where every year 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth, according to The State of World Population 2013, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, teenage pregnancy is on the decline, but some countries still have high – and in some cases even increasing – adolescent birth rates. And some population groups, such as national minorities, are particularly affected.
29 October 2013 - Dispatch
VISOKO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Like many other Roma women in South-Eastern Europe, Arnela and Sabrina gave birth before they turned 18. The two young mothers from Visoko in Bosnia and Herzegovina are sisters-in-law, and they share the experience of having seen their dreams shattered by getting pregnant too early in life.
“I wanted to finish school and become a hairdresser. But my wishes never came true,” says Arnela. Sabrina, too, had hoped to complete her education and find a job, a place to live, perhaps her own apartment. “But all the dreams I had fell apart,” she says.