UNFPA News

23 September 2014 - Dispatch

Seven years of resistance: One girl’s fight against FGM

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nancy Tomee resisted female genital mutilation (FGM) for seven long years, enduring bullying and abuse by her family and community before a local organization intervened on her behalf. Yesterday, Ms. Tomee spoke to dignitaries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about her efforts to empower other girls to stand up against FGM and other forms of abuse and oppression. more

22 September 2014 - Dispatch

Empowering girls key to Africa's success, leaders affirm

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “With significant investments in the education of young girls, sexual and reproductive health for youth and adolescents, as well as women’s empowerment in our counties, we will change the face of the Sahel,” President of Chad Idriss Déby said at the United Nations today, during a high-level panel on the potential of young people to drive economic growth in the Sahel region of Africa. Only by investing in the skills and rights of young people – particularly adolescent girls – can the region take advantage of a demographic dividend, a key opportunity to improve livelihoods and living standards, the leaders present said. more
22 September 2014 - Statement

Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the Follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development

Over the past 20 years, we have seen the rise of hundreds of millions out of poverty, gender parity in primary education, fewer women dying giving life and more women in the workforce. These advances show just how powerful development founded on dignity and human rights can be. But we still have a long way to go. more
22 September 2014 - Press Release

World Leaders Commit to Intensify Efforts to Realize Women’s Health, Rights, Equality

UNITED NATIONS, New York—More than 140 presidents, heads of government, ministers and high officials from around the world today reaffirmed their countries’ strong political support to the historic International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). more
22 September 2014 - Dispatch

Human rights, dignity must form cornerstone of future sustainable development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “We cannot talk about sustainable development without addressing women’s empowerment, gender inequality, and discrimination and violence,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “We cannot talk about sustainable development without ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all.” These remarks set the tone of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York. more
21 September 2014 - Dispatch

In race to save women’s lives, solutions are within reach, says UNFPA head

NEW YORK, United States – There are fewer than 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and too little progress has been made towards reducing maternal and child deaths. Yet simple, proven interventions can make these goals attainable, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, at the fifth annual Social Good Summit, a conference of world leaders, activists and technology experts, held today in New York. more
19 September 2014 - Dispatch

Religious leaders call for action on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights at UN

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A delegation of faith leaders at the United Nations today issued a rousing call to action on the fulfilment and protection of sexual and reproductive rights. Their declaration, issued at a global consultation during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, urged world leaders to uphold these rights and to ensure they are reflected in development plans being prepared for 2015. more
18 September 2014 - Media Advisory

Multi-million Dollar Partnership for Sahel’s Development to be Reinforced by African Governments, UN, World Bank

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A major initiative by the World Bank Group and UNFPA will enable countries in the troubled Sahel region to better invest in the well-being of their women and young people, particularly girls, so that they would become powerful engines for development.   more
17 September 2014 - Dispatch

Gender equality guaranteed in Tunisia's new constitution

TUNIS/NEW YORK – Tunisia’s adoption of a constitution guaranteeing equal rights and protection from gender-based violence is a huge step forward, says Meherzia Laabidi, the vice-president of the country’s National Constituent Assembly. But with discriminatory laws still on the books, and few enforcement mechanisms in place, much more work remains to be done. UNFPA is working with officials to help review and implement new protections for women and girls. more

Calendat of event

Latest publications

  • Brief on Engaging Men, Changing Gender Norms
    This MenEngage-UNFPA advocacy brief explores the importance of changing social norms related to men’s ideas and behaviors and examines several questions.

  • Brief on Sports and the Making of Men
    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.

  • Population and sustainable development in the Post-2015 agenda
    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.