News Archive 2009 - 2012

21 January 2009 - Dispatch

UNFPA supported Georgian project receives European award

The Georgian National Screening Center has received an award from the Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer  for its Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Programme. The programme was started by the European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA) to raise awareness on cervical cancer and its prevention. The award was announced at the European Parliament’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Summit Meeting, held as part of the European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (18-24 January 2009).   more
29 January 2009 - Dispatch

UNFPA and Media21 convene Swiss journalists on human rights and gender

BERN - A dozen Swiss journalists met under the auspices of UNFPA and Media 21, a Geneva-based journalism network, to discuss whether Switzerland was meeting its human rights obligations. “At its Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council, Switzerland didn’t only get good grades,” said Fabrice Boule of Media21. “Many countries pointed out the absence of a national human rights body, so we will have to see some movement on this front." UNFPA had been asked particularly to focus on women and reproductive rights. more
01 February 2009 - Dispatch

Spanish development officials and parliamentarians end successful tour in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal – A one-week study tour by Spanish officials has concluded with an improved understanding of reproductive health issues and a better grasp of problems faced by Senegal. The tour, organized by the UNFPA Senegal Country Office in collaboration with the Geneva Office and the NGO Spanish Interest Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health (SIG), took a group of participants to visit reproductive-health related projects across the country for a week. more
09 February 2009 - Dispatch

Advancing global health under the G8 Italian presidency

Government representatives, development and health experts held a one-day international conference to discuss the upcoming G8 meeting – scheduled in Italy on 9-10 July 2009 – and undertake a critical analysis of progress and challenges in development assistance. The conference aimed to look at Italy’s G8 leadership readiness on international commitments on aid effectiveness and financing for development. More specifically it focused on advancing the three Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on health: 4, Reduce child mortality; 5, Improve maternal health; and 6, Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Participants hoped the conference would encourage Italy to maintain its commitments to Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), especially in times of financial crisis. more
05 March 2009 - Dispatch

UNFPA launches new European website

Welcome to our new European website! UNFPA has restructured the site to provide you with more information about our activities, better, and faster, but without eliminating any of the features you have come to expect from us. The new site continues to feature our own and our partners' activities, with a special focus on Europe. Our regular news dispatches will feature prominently, and you’ll find it easy to get in touch with us through updated contact information for our European liaison offices, a calendar of events, links to our partners' websites, information about employment, some of our latest publications and much more. more
10 March 2009 - Dispatch

Cairo+ group organizes ICPD/15 update

BERN – The Swiss-based Cairo+ group of Parliamentarians, set up in 1999 to promote the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), organized an all-party meeting to discuss ongoing plans for ICPD/15, the fifteenth anniversary of the 1994 event. In a presentation, Leyla Alyanak of the UNFPA Geneva Office highlighted the many events being supported by UNFPA throughout the year and highlighted the links between the ICPD and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). more
13 March 2009 - Dispatch

Swedish assessment praises UNFPA’s transparency, finances

A Swedish assessment of multilateral organizations says UNFPA’s transparency, and the routines for audit and procurement are good and that Executive Director Thoraya Obaid enjoys a great deal of confidence among donors. It also called UNFPA a relevant and effective partner in MDGs related to gender equality and the promotion of human rights. According to the assessment, UNFPA plays an important role in “some the MDGs that are the most difficult to achieve”. These include goals on greater gender equality, reduced infant mortality, reduced maternal mortality and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. more
13 March 2009 - Dispatch

83 Nations Call for Maternal Health to Be Recognized as a Human Right

GENEVA - In a joint statement delivered to the Human Rights Council, 83 countries reaffirmed their commitment to addressing maternal mortality as a human rights issue. They called on the Council to take action to address the unacceptably high number of women of women who die every year from reasons associated with childbirth and pregnancy. The signatories range from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where women have a 1 in 22 lifetime risk of maternal death, to Switzerland, where the risk of maternal death is about 1 in 14,000. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States and is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. more
18 March 2009 - Dispatch

First European journalism awards on population and development presented in Berlin

BERLIN – An international jury has awarded three European prizes for reporting excellence on sexual and reproductive health. The European awards are a first, while German prizes for population and development journalism were awarded for the second time. Sietske Steneker, Director of the UNFPA Brussels Office, took part in a panel on population and development in the context of climate change during the ceremony, which took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin. “We know what needs to be done to bring down maternal mortality, and we have a plan: the ICPD Programme of Action”, said Ms Steneker. “What we need now, in this challenging time, is leaders’ commitment to make it happen." more