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Realizing the Potential

Annual Report 2013

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 deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
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Population and sustainable development in the Post-2015 agenda

Report of the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics

The Outcome Report of the Global Consultation on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 Development Agenda makes the clearest and strongest case to date why population issues must be integrated in the new development agenda.
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Brief on Engaging Men, Changing Gender Norms

Directions for Gender-Transformative Action

This MenEngage-UNFPA advocacy brief explores the importance of changing social norms related to men’s ideas and behaviors and examines several questions.
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Brief on Sports and the Making of Men

Transforming Gender Norms on the Playing Field

This MenEngage-UNFPA advocacy brief explores ideas on how to transform sport - an important part of the lives of most boys and many men - to encourage gender equitable attitudes and behaviors, to end harmful forms of masculinity, and to transform masculinity in positive ways.
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The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014

A Universal Pathway. A Woman's Right to Health

The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2014 presents findings on midwifery from 73 low and middle- income countries. The report, produced by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and several other partners, shows the progress and trends that have taken place since the inaugural 2011 edition, and also identifies the barriers and challenges to future progress.
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The Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2013

This annual report describes the results and good practices in countries of the UNFPA flagship thematic fund to achieve reproductive health commodity security. In 2013, UNFPA started a new programming period by scaling up so that all 46 countries can receive the highest level of support for essential supplies and services (formerly focused on 12 countries).
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Accelerating Progress to MDG 5

In 2013, around the world an estimated 289,000 women died of maternal causes. Almost all of those deaths were preventable. Preventable deaths are most common among women living in the poorest countries, where health services are weak, and women are more often subject to early and frequent childbearing, unattended deliveries and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. This report emphasizes UNFPA's commitment to achieve universal access to SRH, full realization of human rights and gender equality, and worldwide reduction in maternal mortality.
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Methodological Guidelines Gender Analysis National Population and Housing Census Data

One of the main pillars of UNFPA’s technical support for national Population and Housing Censuses is to make certain that the best possible use is made of the information collected to inform policy and programming; particularly in areas such as sexual and reproductive health and rights, adolescents and youth, population dynamics and gender. Gender analysis needs to assess, analyze and reveal the processes of differential social roles, variance in social treatment and outright discrimination that explain the observed results.
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Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013

Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division

Globally, there were an estimated 289,000 maternal deaths in 2013, a decline of 45 per cent from 1990. The global maternal mortality rate (MMR) in 2013 was 210 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, down from 380 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990. However, hidden within these figures are enormous inequalities: The MMR in developing regions was 14 times higher than in developed regions.
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Maternal Health Thematic Fund Annual Report 2013

The Maternal Health Thematic Fund (MTHF) Annual Report 2013 gives an overview of the results achieved in 2013 by the Fund through targeted interventions in high maternal mortality countries. Advocacy and demand-creation for maternal and newborn health has been high on the agenda, as has raising awareness on and commitment to maternal health globally, regionally and nationally.
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State of World Population 2014

The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, youth and the transformation of the future

Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today, and because they are the shapers and leaders of our global future. They matter because they have inherent human rights that must be fulfilled. Yet, in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for urgent correction, because it imperils youth as well as economies and societies at large.
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