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State of the World Population
PARAGUAY: Some Progress in SRH But Still More to Do
TAJIKISTAN: UNFPA Holds Annual Review
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Human Development in Bashkortostan Explored
KOSOVO: Population Forecast 2011-2061 Report Introduced
BELARUS: Family and Marriage Patterns Reveal Changes
11 September 2014 - Dispatch
Pregnant women forced to flee escalating crisis in Iraq
DUHOK, Iraq – As hostilities neared her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee – while she was eight months pregnant. She and her seven children spent days on the run before Khawla gave birth in a UNFPA-assisted hospital.
10 September 2014 - Dispatch
Sierra Leone saves lives with sunlight
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Kamara, from Sierra Leone’s Kambia District, could not hide her surprise when she learned she would not have to bring candles or a torch to the clinic when she was ready to deliver her baby. An innovative UNFPA-supported project is providing electricity in maternal health clinics that were previously left in the dark.
05 September 2014 - Statement
UNFPA: The path forward
We also know that in order to make progress, in order to advance a universal sustainable development agenda beyond 2015, we must work towards a common understanding of the universality of human rights. Development can only succeed when human rights are respected.
03 September 2014 - Dispatch
Ageing population doesn’t have to be a ‘time bomb,’ say experts
CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The catastrophe predicted to result from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is far from inevitable, said experts at a regional conference being held this week in Thailand. Making changes to economic and health policies as well as mindsets can help countries head off disaster by minimizing the burdens and maximizing the contributions of older persons, noted attendees at the conference, which was organized by the HelpAge International with support from UNFPA and the European Union.
02 September 2014 - Dispatch
In Sudan, male partners critical in fight against FGM
KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sheikh Mohamed Saeed, a 74-year-old community leader in Sudan’s Wad Sharefai Refugee Camp, has become an unlikely advocate to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Wad Sharefai Camp is in the eastern state of Kassala, where – as in much of Sudan – the practice of FGM is widespread.
29 August 2014 - Dispatch
From promise to action: Ending preventable maternal deaths in Kenya
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Key governors committed to take action to reduce Kenya’s high maternal death rate at a UNFPA-organized meeting held this week in Nairobi. The event brought together over 200 officials to address Kenya’s persistently high rate of maternal mortality, which is among the highest in the world.
28 August 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.
26 August 2014 - Dispatch
Liberia's Ebola outbreak leaves pregnant women stranded
MONROVIA, Liberia – Ebola has devastated health systems in Liberia, where the outbreak appears to be intensifying. UNFPA is providing protective gear to health workers and safe delivery kits to health facilities, helping to restore access to life-saving care. Still, the situation remains dire.
26 August 2014 - Dispatch
Serving Syrian refugee women amid Iraq's escalating crisis
AMMAN/NEW YORK – Over 200,000 Syrian refugees are living in Iraq, having escaped the four-year-long conflict in their homeland. Yet for some, the move offers little respite from crisis: A UNFPA assessment has shown that northern Iraq is facing its worst humanitarian and health emergency in years.
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Interview with Kate Gilmore, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme)