News Archive 2006-2008

Press Releases

  • Statement at the 2007 Annual Session of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 12 June 2007 — UNFPA is focused on the field and results. But most importantly, we are focused on people, particularly women and youth so they can live in freedom from fear and want. It is in countries and communities where the difference is made. This week offers an opportunity to further discuss how UNFPA can best support countries over the next four years.
  • International Day of Families
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 15 May 2007 — Today as we commemorate the International Day of Families, the focus is on “Families and Persons with Disabilities”.
  • Statement at the 60th World Health Assembly
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 15 May 2007 —In our globalised world, international health security depends on the health security of nations. It depends on the health of communities and families. And it depends on the health and well-being of individuals, including women and young people, who remain particularly vulnerable.
  • International Day of the Midwife
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 05 May 2007 — Today on the International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, pays tribute to midwives around the world. We join others in voicing our appreciation for the loving care these skilled health workers provide. And we call for urgent action to address the shortage of midwives in many countries.
  • A World Fit for All Ages
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 09 April 2007 — It is important that we continue to move forward with the collective wisdom that population and development is about people of all ages and supporting them, throughout their life cycle, to improve their lives, reach their full potential and realize their human rights.
  • Maternal Death is 'Tip of Iceberg', UNFPA Executive Director Warns
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 02 April 2007 — One woman dies every minute during pregnancy or childbirth, adding up to more than half a million dead women each year, said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she remarked in her statement for World Health Day, 7 April. “For every woman who dies, there are 20 to 30 others who survive childbirth but suffer debilitating injuries.”
  • Statement on the Occasion of International Women's Day
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 08 March 2007 — The theme of this year's International Women's Day, "Ending impunity for violence against women," calls for stronger commitment and action. The widespread impunity that exists today not only encourages further abuses and suffering. It also sends the signal that male violence against women is acceptable or normal. It is not. Together, we can and must do more to prevent violence against women, provide services to survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are punished.
  • Statement at the Commission on the Status of Women
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 26 February 2007 — As I speak, a woman in a developing country is about to give birth. If she and her newborn survive, the family and the community will display pride to count one additional member. Yet, if that member is a baby girl, the course of her life might differ drastically from that of a baby boy. We at UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcome the priority theme of this year’s session: “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.”
  • Statement on the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 06 February 2007 — An estimated 120 to 140 million women have been subjected to the practice and 3 million girls continue to be at risk each year. The practice violates the basic rights of women and girls and seriously compromises their health, posing risks during childbirth, and leaving lasting physical and psychological scars.
  • Statement at the 2007 First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board
    Today, we have strong performance in some countries and less than optimal performance in others. We face new challenges and opportunities in supporting nationally led development and working together as One UN within the new aid environment. Therefore, we have to become more focused, strategic and systematic, so that we can achieve greater results across the board. At the same time, we have to be flexible, so that we can respond to national and regional priorities and emerging needs. And we have to be innovative.
  • Statement on the Occasion of International Migrants' Day
    UNITED NATIONS, 18 December 2006 — Today, as we commemorate International Migrants’ Day, we acknowledge the millions of brave men, women and children—an estimated 195 million worldwide, more than 3 per cent of the population—who have left their homelands in search of better lives.
  • End Violence Against Women
    UNITED NATIONS, 10 October 2006 — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes the landmark report of the Secretary-General on all forms of violence against women. UNFPA contributed to the preparation of this in-depth study and we are committed to carrying its recommendations forward.

Feature Stories

  • International Award Named After UNFPA Executive Director 
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 14 October 2008 —An international award that promotes women’s health and rights has been named after the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
  • Georgia's Displaced: Young and Old Face Personal Struggles 
    TBILISI, Georgia, 30 September 2008 — Shock, dismay, fear and concern surfaced when conflict struck Georgia on 7 August. For many watching from afar, the complexities of the political crisis – and what it would mean in the global context –were unclear.
  • UN Heads Welcome New Campaign to Avert Maternal and Child Deaths, and Norway's $1 Billion Pledge 
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 27 September 2007 — Women leaders of the United Nations welcomed today’s launch of a global campaign to eliminate maternal and child deaths around the world. Called Deliver Now for Women + Children, the effort was unveiled today by the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, who pledged $1 billion to the cause.
  • Record-Breaking Donation from Portuguese Public
    LISBON , Portugal, 23 May 2007 — UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador in Portugal, Catarina Furtado, delivered an unprecedented €253,000 (more than $340,000) contribution to UNFPA through its Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, at a ceremony attended by Portugal’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and two dozen journalists on 16 May.
  • It Takes a Country: Turkey's Concerted Efforts to Stop Violence Against Women
    ISTANBUL, Turkey, 26 February 2007 — Ending violence against women requires a persistent, strategic and multi-pronged effort that engages a many sectors of society, as Turkey has discovered.
  • Turkey Confronts Murder in the Name of 'Honour'
    ISTANBUL, Turkey, 26 February 2007 — The execution of a girl or woman to protect a family’s reputation is an ancient practice that persists in some communities where women are bound by strict, patriarchal codes of conduct and considered to be the ‘property’ of the family.
  • Tbilisi Cancer Centre: Promoting Early Detection and Treatment of Breast and Cervical Cancers in Georgia
    TBILISI , Georgia, 10 January 2007 — Dr. George Gabunia is a man with a mission. As director of the Tbilisi Cancer Centre, he is fighting an epidemic of breast and reproductive tract cancers in the country. Georgia, hobbled by 15 years of economic chaos, has seen its health budget contract year after year.
  • Domestic Violence in Moldova: Ending the Silence and Supporting Survivors 
    CHISINAU, Moldova, 11 October 2006—“I endured nine years of consistent physical and emotional abuse at the hands of my husband,” says Angela. “I said nothing about it because I knew my circle of friends would not support me at all. Here in Moldova, it's always the woman's fault when marriages turn sour. We have strong stereotypes in this country, especially about women's roles and functions.”
  • UNFPA Launches Global Programme to Prevent Shortfalls in Essential Supplies 
    BRUSSELS, 3 October 2006 — A high-level seminar drew connections between European development policies, reproductive health and the supplies required to protect it. The seminar was the culmination of a series of activities organized by a consortium of sexual and reproductive heath and rights non-governmental organizations and the European Parliamentary Network on Population and Development working together in the campaign Countdown 2015: Europe.

 

Statements

  • Statement at the 2007 Annual Session of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA
    UNITED NATIONS, New York , 12 June 2007 — UNFPA is focused on the field and results. But most importantly, we are focused on people, particularly women and youth so they can live in freedom from fear and want. It is in countries and communities where the difference is made. This week offers an opportunity to further discuss how UNFPA can best support countries over the next four years.
  • International Day of Families
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 15 May 2007 — Today as we commemorate the International Day of Families, the focus is on “Families and Persons with Disabilities”.
  • Statement at the 60th World Health Assembly
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 15 May 2007 —In our globalised world, international health security depends on the health security of nations. It depends on the health of communities and families. And it depends on the health and well-being of individuals, including women and young people, who remain particularly vulnerable.
  • International Day of the Midwife
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 05 May 2007 — Today on the International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, pays tribute to midwives around the world. We join others in voicing our appreciation for the loving care these skilled health workers provide. And we call for urgent action to address the shortage of midwives in many countries.
  • A World Fit for All Ages
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 09 April 2007 — It is important that we continue to move forward with the collective wisdom that population and development is about people of all ages and supporting them, throughout their life cycle, to improve their lives, reach their full potential and realize their human rights.
  • Maternal Death is 'Tip of Iceberg', UNFPA Executive Director Warns
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 02 April 2007 — One woman dies every minute during pregnancy or childbirth, adding up to more than half a million dead women each year, said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she remarked in her statement for World Health Day, 7 April. “For every woman who dies, there are 20 to 30 others who survive childbirth but suffer debilitating injuries.”
  • Statement on the Occasion of International Women's Day
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 08 March 2007 — The theme of this year's International Women's Day, "Ending impunity for violence against women," calls for stronger commitment and action. The widespread impunity that exists today not only encourages further abuses and suffering. It also sends the signal that male violence against women is acceptable or normal. It is not. Together, we can and must do more to prevent violence against women, provide services to survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are punished.
  • Statement at the Commission on the Status of Women
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 26 February 2007 — As I speak, a woman in a developing country is about to give birth. If she and her newborn survive, the family and the community will display pride to count one additional member. Yet, if that member is a baby girl, the course of her life might differ drastically from that of a baby boy. We at UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcome the priority theme of this year’s session: “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.”
  • Statement on the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation
    UNITED NATIONS, New York, 06 February 2007 — An estimated 120 to 140 million women have been subjected to the practice and 3 million girls continue to be at risk each year. The practice violates the basic rights of women and girls and seriously compromises their health, posing risks during childbirth, and leaving lasting physical and psychological scars.
  • Statement at the 2007 First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board
    Today, we have strong performance in some countries and less than optimal performance in others. We face new challenges and opportunities in supporting nationally led development and working together as One UN within the new aid environment. Therefore, we have to become more focused, strategic and systematic, so that we can achieve greater results across the board. At the same time, we have to be flexible, so that we can respond to national and regional priorities and emerging needs. And we have to be innovative.
  • Statement on the Occasion of International Migrants' Day
    UNITED NATIONS, 18 December 2006 — Today, as we commemorate International Migrants’ Day, we acknowledge the millions of brave men, women and children—an estimated 195 million worldwide, more than 3 per cent of the population—who have left their homelands in search of better lives.
  • End Violence Against Women
    UNITED NATIONS, 10 October 2006 — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes the landmark report of the Secretary-General on all forms of violence against women. UNFPA contributed to the preparation of this in-depth study and we are committed to carrying its recommendations forward.