Multiple media on 12 April reported that participants of the IPA CIS Permanent Commission on Social Policy and Human Rights presented draft recommendations to improve the integration of immigrants into the host community, including through training of the official language of the receiving state, assistance in employment, public and professional education and participation in local government. In addition, the Committee members discussed the draft concept of the model law "On protection of reproductive rights of citizens" and decided to consider the draft model law at the next meeting of the Committee, which will be held in October 2013 in the Republic of Tajikistan. UNFPA representatives were are the meeting. Read in Russian: Argumentiru and IACIS
Multiple media outlets on 12 April reported that participants of the IPA CIS Permanent Commission on Social Policy and Human Rights presented draft recommendations to improve the integration of immigrants into the host community. In addition, Committee members discussed the draft concept of the model law "On protection of reproductive rights of citizens" and decided to consider the draft model law at the next meeting of the Committee, which will be held in October 2013 in the Republic of Tajikistan. UNFPA representatives were at the meeting. Read in Russian: Argumentiru, Iacis
Healthy Voronezh on 4 April reported that early marriage is increasing across the world and often results in disastrous effects on young girls. The adverse effects on young girls who marry include: being deprived of a chance to obtain a full education; the risk of sexual and physical abuse by their partner; possible complications during pregnancy and a high probability of painful labor; and the risk of STI infection. The Russian Federation permits marriage after reaching the age of 18 years, however the family code also permits marriage at 16 years “if there is a good reason and permission of local authorities". “According to the United Nations Population Fund, each year marriage rates among children is increasing. According to forecasts, by the year 2020 early marriage will affect more than 140 million girls and approximately 19 million girls under the age of 15 years will be wives.” Read in Russian: Healthy Voronezh
Km.ru on 15 March reported that because of the lack of law on the prevention of domestic violence, Russian women are forced to live in constant fear for their lives, which is evidenced by the 2012 data from the free helpline for women. More than 70% of the callers revealed that they have suffered from physical, moral and psychological violence for years. According to the international organization Amnesty International, each year marital relations in Russia killed about 14,000 women. 36,000 Russian women suffer from daily beatings from their husbands. Alarming statistics referred to the research of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), that in Russia, various forms of domestic violence affect more than 90% of women. Read in English: Km.ru
Missus.ru on 3 February published an article on UNFPA’s “Ageing in the 21st Century” report, which praised the globe’s longer life expectancy but cautioned that the needs of the increasingly elderly populations need to be taken into account. Read in Russian: Missus.ru
Pnp.ru on 31 January reported on the 20th anniversary of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS States. Aleksey Sergeyev, secretary general of the IPA CIS Council stated that “my colleagues will soon consider a model law ‘On protection of reproductive rights of citizens.’ The State Duma of Russia jointly with the UN Population Fund prepared it. This is a precedent: for the first time we create a model law, which focuses on maintaining the health of future mothers and fathers. The state should create conditions, invest in physical and mental health of adolescents, and inculcate family values.” Read in Russian: Pnp.ru
Domrebenok.ru on 19 January reported on the country's need for midwives. Currently, in Russia, there are no formal training schools for independent midwives. According to the report of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), each year in 58 developing countries, 3.6 million deaths will be avoided by 2015 if the number of midwives increases. Read in Russian: Domrebenok.ru
Pan.md on 16 January reported on the development of the country’s first independent law on domestic violence. Until it is implemented, domestic violence victims can find support through hotlines and rescue shelters. According to UNFPA, various forms of family violence affect about 90 percent of women. Read in Russian: Pan.md
Shtgora.ru on 4 January reported that according to an annual UNFPA report, in 2004 Russia was undergoing a demographic crisis. In 2009, the natural decline of the Russian population was 99% compensated by migratory growth. However, in 2011, the birth rate increase again slowed to only 0.2%. Read in Russian: Shtgora.ru
Sanktpeterburg.bezformata.ru on 7 December reported on a roundtable entitled “Protecting Children - Save Russia!” held in Russia. About 300 people from 63 regions of Russia attended as well as representatives from Belarus, Ukraine, Cuba, Serbia and Chile. The participants of the roundtable demanded that Russian legislative initiatives impose a moratorium on the implementation of the "Agreement between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly on cooperation in the promotion of reproductive health and rights.” Read in Russian: Sanktpeterburg.bezformata.ru
Sdelanounas.ru, on 6 December, reported that a reproductive health survey, carried out in 2011 and the first of it’s kind in the country, greatly contributed to the organization of the Information and Publishing Center’s “Statistics on Russia.” The survey gathered data from more than 10,000 women in 60 regions of the Russian Federation and was conducted by the Federal State Statistics Service, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Read in Russian: Sdelanounas.ru
Ca-news and kenesh.kg on 30 November reported that the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development for the parliamentary committees of Central Asia was held in Bishkek with parliamentarians and representatives of international organizations, NGOs, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. At the meeting, Nikolai Botev, the director of United Nations Population Fund, Sub-regional office in Eastern Europe and Central Asia made a statement on reproductive health and the role of women in modern society. Read in Russian: Ca-news and kenesh.kg
Ruskline.ru on 28 November reported on a roundtable entitled, “The threat to the Russian Federation: Juvenile Laws." The concept of 'national plans for children,’ was revealed in the 2012-2017 agreement between the Russian Federation, the United Nations Population Fund and the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly on cooperation in the promotion of reproductive health and rights. Read in Russian: Ruskline.ru
Checheninfo on 25 November reported that UNFPA has published an annual report on life expectancy in the world. The report shows that the average life expectancy in Russia is 58.7 years for men and 71.8 for women. Read in Russian: Checheninfo
Uralpress on 22 November reported that in Chelyabinsk, the number of cases of domestic violence for the year increased by more than a third. According to other studies, 36,000 Russians suffer the beatings by their husbands every day. Statistics from the United Nations Population Fund have found that in Russia, more than 90% of women bear various forms of family violence. Read in Russian: Uralpress
aif.ru on 13 November reported that according to the international organization “Amnesty International,” each year 14,000 women in Russia are killed as a result of marital-based violence. That is, on average, every 40 minutes a husband kills his wife. Approximately the same figures are in the "Interfax" referring to the research from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): "Over 90% of women in Russia suffer from various forms of family violence from day to day. Every half an hour, some of them die at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends" Read in Russian: aif.ru
BELARUS: The Interfax News Agency on 13 October reported on the family and early marriage situation in Kazakhstan quoting UNFPA Sub-regional director Nikolai Botev saying that “In the world, out of young women that are currently in the age group 20-24 there are about 10% that got married before 15 years of age. For some regions of the world, especially in Africa and India this percent reaches 30.” Read in Russian: Interfax News Agency
CAMEROON: Cameroon Tribune reported on 11 October and CRTV on 8 October an interview with UNFPA Representative Alain Sibenaler about the celebration of the first International Day of the Girl Child in Cameroon. He says that UNFPA will organize very soon a campaign to tackle one the consequences of early marriage, that is, obstetric fistula for which the youngest patient is only 11 years old.
COSTA RICA: Multiple media outlets, reported on 10, 11 and 12 October on the first International Day of the Girl Child, drawing attention to the fact that child marriage could affect 142 million girls in 2020. In Costa Rica, new data on early marriages or unions, from the 2011 Census, was released. “There is a significant proportion of girls between 12 and 18 who are entering early marriages and relationships, generally with adult men,” said Oscar Valverde, UNFPA’s SRH Officer. Listen and watch in Spanish: Nuetra Voz, Monumental, Escuchar Radio ADN, Radio Nacional, Radio Reloj, Noticias Reloj, Noticias ADN, Escuchar Radio Nacional, Noticias Columbia , Ver Telenoticias, Canal 7 , Ver RTN Noticias, Canal 13 , Ver NC Once , Ver Telenoticias , Ver Canal 9 , Ver Telenoticias , Escuchar Noticias Nacional, Escuchar Noticias Nacional, Radio Columbia, Ver Programa Giros , Ver Canal 9 Read: La Nación, 11 Octubre 2012, La Nación, 12 Octubre 2012, Opinión en Diario Extra, and Diario Extra.
CUBA: Multiple media outlets between 11 and 15 reported on the first International Day of the Girl Child. The reports referred to the participation of UNICEF and UNFPA in the commemoration, and cited the presence of Jesus Robles, International Programme Coordinator of UNFPA in Cuba. Read in Spanish: Juventud Rebeide, CubaTV, Revista Mujeres, Tribuna de La Habana, SEMlac, IPS
EL SALVADOR: La Prensa Grafica on 12 October interviewed UNFPA Representative Elena Zuniga who described the situation of girl and adolescents in the country and described the state's role in protecting them. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Grafica
ETHIOPIA: The Daily Monitor, Sub Saharan Informer, Addis Admas and The Reporter from 13-14 October reported that if current trends continue, the number of girl child marriages will increase dramatically over the next 10 years, according to “Marrying too young: End Early Marriage,” a news report released on by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child.
The report also finds that despite laws to prevent its practice, child marriage has remained mostly constant in developing countries over the past decade. “No social, cultural or religious rationale for child marriage can possibly justify the damages these marriages do to young girls and their potential,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “A girl should have the right to choose whom she marries and when. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together to end child marriage. It is the only course by which we can avert what otherwise is the human tragedy of child marriage.” In 2010 a total of 158 countries reported that 18 years was the minimum legal age for marriage for women without parental consent or approval by a pertinent authority. Still, in 2010, one in three girls or 67 million girls were married before their 18th birthday in developing countries (excluding China). Progress has been made and the report finds that child marriage has declined in some developing countries, including Armenia, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Nepal, among other countries.
GUATEMALA: Prensa Libre on 13 October reported that the vulnerability and exclusion faced by millions of children and adolescents in the world, led the United Nations to make the decision to commemorate 11 October as the Day of the Girl. Leonor Calderon, UNFPA Representative in Guatemala indicates that there are many reasons. The International Day of the Girl Child is a call for reflection on the situation of vulnerability and risk that many girls have just for being girls. There are countless examples in Guatemala where the girl is subjected to many injustices: human trafficking, sex trafficking, exploitation and abuse. Until July this year, 11 girls 10 years of age have been mothers. The number of mothers under 14 years is 448,000. Read in Spanish: Prensa Libre
GUYANA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 October on UNFPA's celebrations for the International Day of the Girl Child. The event was held at the Duke Lodge in Georgetown Guyana and was facilitated by UNFPA and the Ministry of Labour and Human Services and Social Security. Read in English: GINA and Guyana Chronicle
JAMAICA: The Jamaica Information Service reported on 13 October that, "on 11 October, the first International Day of the Girl Child, the UNFPA Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (SRO), in partnership with the Ministry of Youth in Jamaica, hosted a public forum on sexual violence under the theme: 'Ending Impunity for Sexual Violence: Breaking the Silence.’ In her welcome remarks, Ms. Geeta Sethi, Director, UNFPA SRO explained that although the global focus was on child marriage, based on recent events in Jamaica (an upsurge in cases of sexual violence against women and girls) the decision was taken to focus on sexual violence. She said the forum was the first in a series of conversations and discussions, "because this is an issue that we all need to talk about more, so that we can all understand what’s happening better and understand how we can find solutions to this.” Read in English: Jamaica Information Service
The Jamaica Observer reported on 13 October that girls were the focus of a high level panel discussion at the United Nations headquarters in New York where UN Women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Girls Not Brides, focused on ways to end child marriage. The article also mentioned a public forum put on by the UNFPA sub-regional office for the caribbean to mark the day. Read in English: Jamaica Observer
JORDAN: All local daily newspapers and different news agencies reported on 11 October that UNFPA Jordan , as part of the International Day of Girl Child activities, has organized an awareness interactive session for Syrians in Za’tri camp in Mafraq, on the risks of early marriages, especially its effect on both young girl’s health and future.
The session was conducted for girls aged 15-19 and their mothers, where a sketch on early marriage was presented by two Syrian young girls followed by a discussion on health implications and problems that this issue might cause. Media reporters were invited to attend, and a brief was done to them on UNFPA’s services in the camp. Read in English: Jordan Times Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Petra, Almadenah News, Hasadjo, Addustour
KAZAKHSTAN: Multiple media outlets reported on 11-12 October on the issue of child marriage in Kazakhstan and the press conference held to mark International Day of the Girl Child in Almaty. The event was organized by the United Nations Population Fund, UN children fund (UNICEF) and Sub-Regional office of UN Women in EECA. Nikolai Botev, Director of UNFPA Sub-regional office for Central Asia and Country Director in Kazakhstan, quoted a passage from the Secretary General’s message, “Investing in girls is a moral imperative – a matter of basic justice and equality. It is an obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.” Read in Russian: kazinform, kloop.kz, Express K, and Kazakhstan Today
KYRGYZSTAN: Kabar, Knews, 24KG, VB, Mir24TV, Central Asia.ru reported on 11 October that UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund called today for a national campaign to end the harmful traditional practice of child marriage in Kyrgyzstan. The call made on the International Day of the Girl Child, is part of the day’s observance and also includes the opening of “TOO YOUNG TO MARRY - The sold childhood,” a photo exhibition hosted by UNFPA. Featuring photography and video, the multimedia show highlights the personal narratives of six Kyrgyz girls married against their will at early ages. The photo exhibition aims to renew local attention to the critical issue and promote accountability from decision makers in Kyrgyzstan.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alexander Avanessov described the impact of child marriage as, “a practice that would diminish girls’ chances of completing their education because new brides are usually forced to drop out of school to bear children and to provide household labour.” "On behalf of girls in Kyrgyzstan, we ask for your full engagement in helping us to end child marriage...We all want the best for our children and your support is crucial. It is time for policy makers, parliamentarians, communities, families and young people to address this issue head on. It is time to break the silence. Together!” said Mr. Avanessov. Read in Russian: Kabar, Knews, Knews,Knews, 24KG, 24KG, VB, Open Line, for.kg, Mir24TV and Central Asia.ru
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: KPL on 11 October, reported on the first ever celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child. The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), with support from the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF and UN Women in Lao PDR, organized a drawing competition for young adolescents to raise awareness about the importance of education for Lao girls. Read in French: KPL
LEBANON: Several media outlets reported on 16 and 17 October on the release of the UNFPA report “Marrying too Young: End Child Marriage,” on the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child. The articles feature the press advisory released by UNFPA, featured quotes by UNFPA Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin and provided global statistics on early marriage. Read in Arabic: As Safir, An Nahar, UPI, Al Jaras, Al Wifaq, Lebanon Files. Read in English: Al Jaras 2
PARAGUAY: ABC Colour online reported on 12 October that, on the International Day of the Girl Child, according to UNFPA, the habit of marrying minors who have not attained the age of majority is deeply rooted in Jordanian society and has increased with the arrival in the country of refugees. Read in Spanish: ABC online
ABC Colour, in its print edition, reported on 12 October that UNFPA noted that each year 16 million adolescents between 15 and 19 give birth, which make up 11% of births in the world. 95% of these births occur in developing countries. Read in Spanish: ABC
Radio Ñanduti reported on 11 October that according to the emergency programme coordinator of the UNFPA, Shible Sahbani, several Syrian parents have forced their daughters to marry Jordanian men. These statements were made in the context of the International Day of the Girl Child, commemorated worldwide. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti
Última Hora reported in its online edition on 11 October that during the presentation of a report by the UNFPA, to mark the first International Day of the Girl, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized that “child marriage is a terrible violation of human rights and robs girls their education, their health and their future prospects." Read in Spanish: Última Hora
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Metronews.ru on 14 October published a column on the attitudes and issues of child marriage in Russia and surrounding countries. The column cited UNFPA data saying, “The UNFPA reports that in 2012, 14 million 200 thousand girls under the age of 18 were married.” Read in Russian: Metronews.ru
SIERRA LEONE: The New Citizen, New Vision and several other outlets reported on 15 October that the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender, and Children’s Affairs and other development partners including UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, Restless Development and Plan International, on 11 October, launched the first ever International Day of the Girl Child at the Family Kingdom Hall in Freetown. UNFPA Country Representative, Ratidzai Ndhlovu, on behalf of the UN family, articulated the significance of the day and encouraged all hands on deck to support government for the safety and empowerment of girls and pledged the UN’s commitment to ensure that girls go to school and at least get basic education. She also stressed the UN will continue to play a major role in enhancing girls’ empowerment and development.
TAJIKISTAN: Tajik Mama and Asia Plus reported on 9 October that the UNFPA will mark the International Day of the Girl Child in Tajikistan. The main event - open debate/discussions with the involvement of young leaders, journalists, activists, governmental officials, religious leaders and parliamentarians - will be held in Dushanbe on 10 October. Campaigns in social and traditional media will be conducted with youth involvement. Read in Russian: Asia Plus and Tajik Mama
Tajik Mama reported on 7 October that Mavzuna Chorieva, bronze medalist of London 2012 Olympic Games from Tajikistan, participated in a UNFPA event devoted to the International Day of the Girl Child and delivered a speech with a call to action to support girls’ rights to education and self-actualization. Read in Russian: Tajik Mama
Asia Plus and Khovar reported on 11 October that in an effort to promote the rights of girls and to address the unique challenges that they face around the world, the International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the United Nations in 2011 is commemorated in Tajikistan by UNFPA in partnership with governmental, non-governmental and international partners. Read in Rusisan: Khovar and Asia Plus
Ozodi, the Tajikistan branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, reported on 10 October that issues of early marriage were addressed during the UNFPA conference devoted to the International Day of the Girl Child in Dushanbe. Read in Russian: Ozodi
TURKEY: Multiple media agencies on 11 October reported on the moves by UNFPA and its partners to raise awareness about child marriage in the region. Werner Haug, UNFPA’s director of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia regional office, agreed that unlisted marriages are common throughout the region. "[Child marriage] is certainly unreported across the region as the marriages themselves occur in community ceremonies but are not officially registered with the state," he said.
“Compared to 1990, we see a surprising increase, not decrease as one might expect, in child marriage in the region,” Haug said of a recently released study of 10 countries including Turkey. He cited the rise or return of traditional views of the role of women and economic, political and ethnic turmoil as well as conflict in the region as key drivers of the rise in child marriage. Read in English: Southeastern Europe Times, Today’s Zaman, and Today’s Zaman
UNITED STATES: Multiple media outletson 10-12 October reported on UNFPA and the International Day of the Girl Child. Read in English: The Associated Press, Washington Post, The New York Times, Mitchell Reports, Voice of America, Inter Press Service,
ARMENIA: amradio.am on 1 October reported on the launch of UNFPA and HelpAge's report on ageing publishing that that 30.2% of the population in Armenia will be 60 years and older in 2050. The report predicts that the number of people aged 60 and older will nearly double in Armenia in 2050 to reach 885,000 instead of the current 469,000, executive representative of the UNFPA Armenian Office Garik Hayrapetyan told reporters. Read in English: amradio.am
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets on 1 and 2 October reported on the launch, by UNFPA and HelpAge International, of a landmark report entitled "Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and A Challenge." Bolivian media highlight that in 2050 our planet will have more over 60 year-olds than under 15 year-olds. Latin American data was also highlighted in different articles. Read in Spanish: ERBOL, ERBOL, El Deber, Página Siete, FM Bolivia, FM Bolivia, Página SieteFM Bolivia, FM Bolivia, Opinion
COSTA RICA: Multiple media outlets from 1-3 October reported on the launch of the global ageing report by UNFPA. On the occasion of International Older Persons Day, several outlets reported that for the first time in the history of mankind, the population over 60 years of age now exceeds 810 million and, in the next decade, the number of people in this age range will exceed 1,000 million. Even more: in 2050, in less than 40 years, there will be more people over 60 than under 15. Read in Spanish: La Nación, Leer Diario Extra, Leer La Prensa Libre, Periódico La República. Listen in Spanish: Radio Columbia, Radio Monumental, Noticias Columbia, Tribuna. Watch in Spanish: Planeto Interno
DENMARK: Politiken on 1 October, featured a joint op-ed on ageing prepared by Chief of UNFPA Nordic Office Pernille Fenger and Director of Danish HelpAge member organization (Ældre Sagen) Mr. Bjarne Hastrup.
Berlingske Daily on 2 of October published an article based on an interview with the Chief of the UNFPA Nordic Office reporting that within 2050, the number of people over 60 years will have doubled. “We need to see older persons as a resource, not a burden” says Pernille Fenger in the article. The article presents key data from the report and highlights the global challenges and opportunities in a world with 1 billion older persons.
The online magazine U-landsnyt published an article on 30 September highlighting that there will be 2 billion older persons in 2050, a reason to celebrate.
The free newspaper MetroXpress on 5 October announced the release of the UNFPA and HelpAge report
Ritzau news agency published an article on 3 October quoting UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin saying that the world is increasingly getting older in particular in developing countries.
Verdensnyt on 3 October covered the launch of the report by UNFPA and HelpAge. The webpage of the Danish HelpAge member organization (Ældresagen) covered the launch of the report as well.
The P1 radio program Orientering on 4 of October featured 8-minutes of coverage about the report.
GUATEMALA: Diario de Centroamérica on 3 October reported that elderly people represent about six percent of the population in Guatemala. According to UNFPA, ageing population is one of the most significant trends in the current century, with important and far-reaching impact on all aspects of global society. In Latin America and the Caribbean older adults represent 10 percent of the population at 63.1 million, but this figure will triple over the next 38 years.
LATVIA: Latvijas Reitingi on 2 October published an article on the International Day of Older Persons and the need for governments to take older people into account when crafting policy. According to UNFPA and HelpAge, "Governments must invest in older people and end discrimination against them." Read in Russian: Latvijas Reitingi
MOLDOVA: Info-Prim Neo on 1 October reported on the UNFPA, Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and HelpAge International press conference organized to launch the global report "Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: a Celebration and a Challenge" on the International Day of Older Persons. Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova was quoted saying that ageing is a triumph of development and it should not be regarded as a burden or an economic or social problem. Read in Romanian and English: Info-Prim Neo
ProTV reported on 1 October on the social event organized by UNFPA and the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family in the elderly shelter in Chisinau “Garden of solidarity between generations.” In the news, Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN RC /UNFPA Representative in Moldova, mentioned the importance of being together: young people, middle age persons and older persons. Watch in Romanian: ProTV
TV7 on 1 October reported on the International Day of Older Persons, talking about the actions taken and events organized in this day for old people. Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova was quoted talking about the need to use levers, policies and community implications to use ageing for further sustainable development of the country. Watch in Romanian: TV7
EuroTV on 1 October reported about the launching of the global report "Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: a Celebration and a Challenge" and wrote about the ageing phenomenon and the UNFPA suggestion to see ageing as an opportunity for sustainable development in the country. Watch and read in Romanian: EuroTV
Politic.md talked on 1 October about the launching of report "Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: a Celebration and a Challenge" and the social action in the nursing home in Chisinau where the UN RC /UNFPA Representative participated in the news about the activities organized on the International Day of Older Persons. Read in Romanian: Politic.md
Moldpres reported on 1 October about the meeting of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Vlad Filat with a national delegation of older persons and UNFPA (Boris Gilca) on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons. Read in Romanian and English: Moldpres
PrivescEU on 1 October broadcast a live transmission of the UNFPA, Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and HelpAge International press conference. Watch in Romanian: PrivescEU
MOZAMBIQUE: Daily Notícias reported on 3 October, that in the next ten years the world will have one billion older persons. The paper says that the information is included in a new report released by the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International. The paper says that according to UNFPA, “the new report underlines that, while the trend of ageing societies is a cause for celebration, it also presents huge challenges as it requires completely new approaches to health care, retirement, living arrangements and intergenerational relations.”
NORWAY: NRK on 1 October reported on an analysis based on UNFPA's recently launched ageing report highlighting that in 2050 there will be more retired persons than children in the world. The article also quotes UNSG Ban Ki-moon saying that elderly people will be an important resource for society, but also a challenge for national health and pension schemes. Furthermore, E24 published an article highlighting that in 2020 the world will consist of 1 billion older persons. Read more in Norwegian: NRK and E24
PARAGUAY: ABC Colour reported on 1 October that worldwide, older people continue to face discrimination, abuse and violence, according to "Aging in the 21st Century: A celebration and a Challenge" presented by UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, and HelpAge International, which analyzes the current situation of the elderly population. Read in Spanish: ABC.
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: gorod.ru on 2 October discussed the release of UNFPA's "Ageing in the 21st Century" report and what the statistics mean for Russia. Read in Russian: gorod.ru
Vzglad on 3 October published an article looking at ageing projections in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and quoted the UNFPA ageing report saying that Korean citizens aged 60 and older will practically double in the next 40 years. Read in Russian: Vzglad
Golos Rossii on 3 October reported that, “by 2022 the number of people aged over 60 will reach 1 billion, calculate authors of a new UNFPA report….In Russia older persons, according to the data of UNFPA specialists already make up around 19% of the population.” Read in Russian: Golos Rossii
Rossiskaya Gazeta on 11 September reported on new laws being debated in the Russian parliament relating to the establishment of a Western style juvenile justice system. The article is critical of the implementation of such a system. The article mentions the UNFPA in relation to an agreement pertaining to reproductive rights and a commissioner for children's rights. Read in Russian: Rossiskaya Gazeta
The Gazeta on 10 September discussed the importance of demographics in world economics and politics. The article began by reporting on the sustainable development conference in Rio and the role UNFPA has assigned to population issues. Read in Russian: The Gazeta
Multiple media outlets reported on 16-25 May on the recent UNFPA Regional conference, "Investing in Young People - the path of accelerated development,” and the recent opening of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office in Istanbul. Several outlets noted that UNFPA announced changes in its relationship with Russia during the conference. UNFPA Regional Director Thea Fierens noted that UNFPA’s work in Russia will concentrate efforts on technical assistance, rather than development programmes. UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said, "For UNFPA Russia is very important and plays a strategic role in our work," and noted that he expects to visit Russia to discuss UNFPA assistance and demographic issues in the coming months. Read: Today’s Zaman. Read in Russian: Regions.RU, InRight, Euromag, Kreml and Interfax-Russia.Ru
GHANA: Public Agenda reported on 18 May that women and girls have the capacity to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in the world's least developed countries if given access to education, employment and health, including family planning services, UNFPA said in a report unveiled at the recent LDC conference. Girls are often overlooked when investments in social services, including education and health, are made, according to the report, “Population Dynamics and Poverty in The LDCs: Challenges and Opportunities for Development and Poverty Reduction,” which was made public at the just-ended Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Istanbul, Turkey. "Empowering women and girls starts with improved access to reproductive health care and family planning," said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. "Too many teenage girls become mothers, too many die giving birth, too many drop out of school, too many are abused and discriminated against in their daily lives." Read: Public Agenda
IRAN: Tehran Times reported on 21 May that women and youth have the capacity to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in the world’s least development country if given access to education, employment and health, including family planning services, according to UNFPA. Read: Tehran Times
RUSSIA: Liberty, InRight and kreml reported on 9-13 May on the Least Developed Countries conference. At the centre of the agenda was the socio-economic development of countries that have recently taken place in the form of a "youth revolution." Least developed countries are particularly relevant against the backdrop of the global demographic situation. The world's population is approaching 7 billion, with rapid population growth marked in countries with low economic development, where the standard of living remains alarmingly low. During the conference, UNFPA released a report, "Population Dynamics and Poverty in Least Developed Countries: Challenges and Opportunities for Development and Poverty Alleviation." According to the Executive Director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, youth are the main driving force behind the least developed countries, and creating decent conditions for youth can serve as a foundation for accelerated development. Read in Russian: Liberty.Ru, Inright Russia and kreml
Russia Profile reported on 27 July that First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva's Foundation of Social and Cultural Initiatives held a national 'Week against Abortions' from 8 to 15 July. The initiative brought together health workers, sociologists, psychologists and religious organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of abortion. But despite the efforts of such information campaigns, and even though contraception is widely available, Russia still has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. In 2009 alone, 1.16 million abortions were carried out - that's 66.7 terminations per 100 births. ”In Russia, only 8 to 15 per cent of females of reproductive age use modern contraceptives, while 16 percent of women who are not planning to get pregnant do not use any contraception,” said Lidia Bardakova, the assistant representative of UNFPA in Russia. Read: Russia Profile
The St. Petersburg Times reported on 2 April that foreign workers make up as much as 10 percent of the country’s work force, according to a report published by the United Nations. There were 2.4 million officially registered migrants in 2008, although the real figure is likely three times higher, according to the report on Russia’s demographic development, commissioned by UNFPA. Read: The St. Petersburg Times
COVERAGE OF LAUNCH OF 2009 STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION REPORT (SWOP): FACING A CHANGING WORLD, WOMEN, POPULATION AND CLIMATE
AFP (France) reported 18 November on the launch of the 2009 State of the World Population Report (SWOP). The Spanish version misrepresented the report’s emphasis on family planning and UNFPA’s work as “population control.” "Slower population growth... would help build social resilience to climate change's impacts and would contribute to a reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions in the future," UNFPA said. Read: AFP and in Spanish: AFP
The Associated Press (United States) reported 18 November on the release of the SWOP report, misrepresenting UNFPA’s work, and the report’s findings, claiming that “The U.N. Population Fund acknowledged it had no proof of the effect that population control would have on climate change.” Read: Associated Press and in Spanish: Associated Press
BBC (UK) reported 18 November that women in developing countries will be the most vulnerable to climate change, a report from UNFPA has warned. "[There] are fundamental questions about how climate change will affect women, men, boys and girls differently around the world, and indeed within nations, and how individual behaviour can undermine or contribute to the global effort to cool our warming world," UNFPA executive director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said. Read: BBC and in Spanish: BBC
BBC (UK) reported 18 November that UNFPAs Executive Director Thoraya Obaid told the BBC that the annual figures showed the continent's population had doubled in the last 27 years. "Africa countries are all growing fast... because there is large number of women who have no access to planning their families," she said. Read: BBC
BBC (UK) included the question “Do children contribute to climate change” as the subject for debate in its 18 November “Africa Have Your Say” segment. Read: BBC
CNN International reported 18 November that UNFPA warns that it is women in the developing world who are bearing the brunt of the worsening and accelerating impact of climate change. “Women are on the front lines of many societies buffeted by climate change -- and research indicates they tend to be more vulnerable to these impacts," said the report's lead author, Robert Engelman. Read: CNN
IPS reported 20 November on the Global Forum For Health Research, noting that UNFPA’s State of World Population 2009 report, released Nov. 18, states that climate change threatens to aggravate poverty. "Poor households are especially vulnerable to climate change because their marginal income provides little or no access to health services or other safety nets to protect against the threats from changing conditions and because they lack the resources to relocate when crises strike. Some of the possible direct threats that climate change could pose on the region's poor include death and illness resulting from extreme heat, unusual cold, infectious diseases and malnutrition," says the report. Read: IPS
IPS reported 19 November that UNFPA’s report, subtitled "Facing a changing world: women, population and climate", attempts to move the focus of climate change debates away from the”‘what” and the “where” to the “who.” The report finds that members of poor households are especially vulnerable, as many live in rural areas and depend on the land and sea for their livelihoods. Their scant income provides little security to protect them against threats from changing conditions, and limited access to health services. Bunmi Makinwa, director of the UNFPA regional office for Sub-Saharan Africa, spoke to IPS about three challenges likely to exacerbate the effects of climate change for African populations. Read: IPS
IPS reported 18 November that a new U.N. report on the hazards of climate change brings a fresh human perspective to an ongoing wide-ranging debate that has focused primarily on energy efficiency and industrial carbon emissions. Climate change is much more than greenhouse-gas emissions, says the study by UNFPA, it is also population dynamics, poverty and gender equity. Read: IPS
Nature reported 18 November that providing access to contraception for 215 million women, mainly in developing countries, would help to stabilize population growth and significantly reduce the effects of climate change, UNFPA says in a new report. The State of the World Population 2009 report says that population levels will affect countries' abilities to adapt to the immediate effects of climate change, although the longer-term influence of population growth on climate change will depend on future economic, technological and consumption trends. Read: Nature
Reuters reported 18 November that In its 2009 state of the world population report, UNFPA said the world's poor are the most vulnerable to climate change and the majority of the 1.5 billion people living on $1.0 a day or less are women. Read: Reuters and in Spanish: Reuters
UN News Centre reported 18 November that the UNFPA report warned that the poor depend more on agriculture for their livelihoods, risking hunger and loss of income when droughts strike, rains become unpredictable and hurricanes move with unprecedented force. Read: UN News Centre
UPI reported 18 November that the SWOP says educational and healthcare programmes for women and girls can help since they tend to lead to smaller and healthier families that lower the overall growth of greenhouse emissions. "With the possibility of a climate catastrophe on the horizon, we cannot afford to relegate the world's 3.4 billion women and girls to the role of victim," UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said. "Wouldn't it make more sense to have 3.4 billion agents for change?" Read: UPI
Voice of America (United States) reported 18 November that the report warns that women, especially in poor countries, are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially in agricultural communities. Drought and erratic rainfall force women to work harder to secure food for their households. Girls often
Xinhua (China) reported 18 November that the UNFPA report warned that the poor depend more on agriculture for their livelihoods, risking hunger and loss of income when droughts strike, rains become unpredictable and hurricanes move with unprecedented force. Read: Xinhua
AFRICA: The South African Civil Society Information Service published analysis 19 November by Saliem Fakir, as UNFPA released its "State of the World Population 2009" report on the 18 November. It chose to take up a politically delicate topic, the relationship between climate change, population stabilization and the importance of gender. The fundamental question it seeks to address is: how much of a threat is the growth in population to the world and how much of this increase will lead to a spike in green house gas (GHG) emissions? Read: The South African Civil Society Information Service
LATIN AMERICA: Multiple Media outlets reported 16– 22 on the regional launch of the State of World Population 2009 Report, which took place at the United Nations Information Centre in Mexico City, and was organized by the United Nations Population Fund Mexico’s office. Regional Director of UNFPA for Latin America and The Caribbean emphasized the importance of investing in public policies on population issues and an education system that take into account the impact of climatic change. Robert Engelman, Vice President of the Worldwatch Institute and main author of the report also spoke on the importance of accounting for women in the fight against global warming. Read in Spanish: EFE, EFE, Clave Digital (Dominican Republic), La Jornada (Mexico), Once TV (Mexico), ABC (Paraguay), ABC (Paraguay), CIMAC (Mexico), El Espectador (Mexico), El Nuevo Empresario (Mexico) and Ellas Virtual (Panama)
ARGENTINA: Multiple media outlets reported 18 – 22 November on the launch of the State of the World Population report, and comments by Eleanor Fuar of UNFPA. Read in Spanish: Infobae, Diario Norte, Télam, Clarín, Pagína 12, Diario del Cuyo, Red Hum, Rio Negro, El Liberal
AUSTRALIA/PACIFIC: Radio Australia reported 18 November that UNFPA has put out its annual State of the World Population report, which focuses on the human dimensions of climate change, and in particular its effects on women. Globally, the report highlights persistently high levels of maternal mortality, and it warns that changes in the earth's climate will only add to the burden for the poor. It singles out some of Australia's closest neighbours - East Timor and Papua New Guinea - where high numbers of women die in childbirth. Read: Radio Australia
AUSTRALIA: The Australian reported 20 November that investing in birth control to reduce population growth could be more effective in cutting greenhouse gas emissions than building wind turbines or nuclear power stations, according to a UN report. Taking action to prevent one billion births by 2050 would save as much carbon dioxide as constructing two million giant wind turbines. The UNFPA predicts the global population could reach 10.5 billion by 2050, up from 6.8 billion today, unless urgent action is taken to reduce fertility rates.
AUSTRALIA: Canberra Times published a column 19 November by Eileen Kelly, noting United Nations' Population Fund issued its 2009 report State of World Population which categorically states that family planning and sexual and reproductive health care can change the course of climate change.
AUSTRALIA: GMagazine reported 19 November women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, bearing the disproportionate burden of a warming planet, according to a report released by UNFPA. Read: GMagazine
AUSTRALIA: AAP reported 18 November that women are more vulnerable to climate change than men and will continue to bear the brunt of extreme weather conditions unless more is done to educate and empower them, a report has found. The State of World Population 2009 report, released by UNFPA, says women have been overlooked in discussions on how to combat rising seas, drought and melting glaciers. Read: AAP
AUSTRALIA: The Sydney Morning Herald reported 18 November that, braking the rise in Earth's population would be a major help in the fight against global warming, according to an unprecedented UN report that draws a link between demographic pressure and climate change. "Slower population growth... would help build social resilience to climate change's impacts and would contribute to a reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions in the future," the UNFPA says. Read: Sydney Morning Herald
BANGLADESH: The Independent reported 20 November that the UNFPA report on the state of the world population this year finds that women bear the brunt of climate change more than men do, but the fact has so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, worsening storms and severe droughts. Representative in Bangladesh Arthur Erken said that poor women in poor countries like Bangladesh were among the hardest hit by climate change, even though they contributed least to it."The poor are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and the majority of the 1.5 billion people living on $1 a day or less are women. The poor are more likely to depend on agriculture for a living and therefore risk going hungry or losing their livelihoods when droughts strike, rains become unpredictable and hurricanes move with unprecedented force," he explained. Read: The Independent
BANGLADESH: The Financial Express reported 18 November that Bangladesh's present population is 162.2 million and may rise to 222.5 million by 2050 at the current growth rate of 1.4 percent, according to the latest count by UN agency UNFPA. UNFPA representative Arthur Erken, executive director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies Dr. Atiq Rahman, DGFP director general Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, former adviser of caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury and Health and Family Welfare Ministry secretary Shaikh Altaf Ali unveiled the report. Read: The Financial Express
BANGLADESH: The New Nation reported 18 November on the Dhaka release of the SWOP report, which found that women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change. Poor women in poor countries like Bangladesh are among the hardest hit by climate change even though they contributed the least to it. Arthur Erken, UNFPA representative in Bangladesh gave the welcome speech while Shaikh Altaf Ali, Secretary, Ministry of Health, Family Planning and Welfare was present as the chief guest. Read: The New Nation
BANGLADESH: The Daily Star reported 18 November climate change may reverse the hard-earned development gains of the past and the progress towards achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs), said the UNFPA in its 'State of the World Population 2009' report. The climatic change also threatens to exacerbate the gap between the rich and the poor and amplify the inequalities between the men and women, says the report titled “Facing a changing world: women, population and climate.” Read: The Daily Star
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets reported 18 – 22 November on the release of the 2009 SWOP report, including statements by UNFPA representative in Bolivia, Jaime Nadal-Roig, marking the launch. Read in Spanish: EFE, EFE, EABolivia.com, AFP, Los Tiempos, Los Tiempos, La Razon, Erbol, Jornada, Cambio, El Ciudadano, and ADN
BURUNDI: Le Renouveau du Burundi reported 16 November that climate change has negative consequences on population. In Burundi, we have sometimes dryness and sometimes inundation in some areas of the country. Many houses or social infrastructures are destroyed and people, especially women and children are victims. They suffer of hungry and diseases and what is worse is that the government hasn’t enough means to secure them, said the Chief of Cabinet of the Ministry of Water, Environment, Territory and Urbanism.
CAMBODIA: The Phnom Penh Post and Radio ABC Australia (Australia) Khmer service reported 20 November on the release of the 2009 SWOP report in Cambodia. “Women manage households and care for family members, which often limits their mobility and increases their vulnerability”, said Alice Levisay, UNFPA Representative. Read in Khmer: Radio ABC Australia
CANADA: The CBC reported 18 November that The State of World Population report, an annual document presented by UNFPA, said making condoms and reproductive education more widely available could help curb emissions by slowing population growth. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the UNFPA’s executive director, told a news conference in London that global warming could be catastrophic for people in poor countries, particularly women. "We have now reached a point where humanity is approaching the brink of disaster," she said. Read: CBC
CAPE VERDE: Multiple media outlets reported 18 November on an event marking the release of the 2009 SWOP chaired by the UNFPA Representative in Cape Verde Ms Petra Lantz, who called special attention of journalist on the human dimension of the climate change, focusing on the fact that the more vulnerable people, especially women and children, are most affect in the changing world, due to the climate change. Read in Portuguese: Expreso das Ilhas, Infopress, Nhaterra, RTC
CHINA: China Radio International reported 18 November that UNPFA warns in its annual report that family planning, reproductive health care and gender relations could influence future climate change and affect how humanity adapts to rising seas, worsening storms and severe droughts. This year's State of World Population report concludes that international climate-change agreements and national policies are more likely to succeed if they take into account population dynamics, relationships between the sexes, women's well-being and access to services or opportunities. Read: China Radio International
COLOMBIA: El Pais reported 18 November on the release of the SWOP report and the impact of climate change in Colombia. Read in Spanish: El Pais
REPUBLIC OF CONGO (Brazzaville): Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-Site reported 19 November on the release of the 2009 SWOP report in Congo. Read in French: Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-Site
COSTA RICA: La Nacion, La Prensa Libre, Diario Extra and El Diario de Nuestra Pais reported 18-20 November on the SWOP launch, and the report’s implications for the world, as well as for Costa Rica. Read in Spanish: La Nacion, Prensa Libre, Diario Extra
CUBA: Juventud Libre reported 18 November on the launch of the SWOP report, which points out that, more than a technical question regarding industry and energy efficientcy, climate change affects people, and is shaped by individuals’ behavior. Read in Spanish: Juventud Libre
DENMARK: The Copenhagen Post reported 20 November that family planning and access to contraception are key proponents of fighting climate change, according to Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs. Tørnæs was speaking at the University of Copenhagen in connection with the launch of the latest ‘State of World Population’ report from UNFPA. Read: The Copenhagen Post
EGYPT: Daily News Egypt published an op-ed by Caroline Boin, Project Director at International Policy Network on 22 November, mischaracterizing UNFPA’s mission as dedicated to population control: “Rehash old fears and update them with the alarmist topic du jour - that's the recipe for the United Nations Population Fund's annual report dedicated to climate change. Its State of World Population 2009 correctly points out that poor women will be the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. But it focuses on old-fashioned population control instead of real ways to empower women against poverty and climate change.” Read: Daily News Egypt
EL SALVADOR: La Prensa Grafica reported 18 – 19 November on the release of the SWOP report and its implications for El Salvador. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Gráfica, La Prensa Gráfica, La Prensa Gráfica, La Prensa Gráfica
ETHIOPIA: Ethiopian News published a column 20 November by Yilma Bekele, responding to a radio report in which UNFPA was discussing the state of human population growth. According to them there are eighty-two and half million Ethiopians. Plenty of us if you ask me. On the other hand the Ethiopian government count shows seventy-three point nine million Ethiopians. Quiet a discrepancy wouldn’t you say. We are talking about eight point six million Abeshas an accounted for. Read: Ethiopian News
GABON: Gabon Page and L’Union reported 16-20 November on the release of the 2009 SWOP report, which was attended by State of the World Population 2009 by Ms Mariama Darboe Diop, UNFPA deputy director. Read in French: Gabon Page and L’Union
GERMANY: Spiegel reported 20 November that, with the world struggling to come up with an agreement ahead of December's Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, one important fact has been overlooked: Women are hit hardest by the extreme weather shifts, according to a new UN report. “Poor women in poor countries are among the hardest hit by climate change, even though they contributed the least to it," wrote UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid in a press statement. Read: Spiegel
GHANA: GNA reported 18 November that the 2009 state of the World Population Report, has revealed that the earth surface continues to warm up due to human activities with temperatures increasing by 0.74 degree Celsius within the past two centuries. Ms Thoraya Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director in a speech read on her behalf, by Mr Jude Edochie, UNFPA Country Representative in Ghana, said poor women in poor countries were among the hardest hit by climate change even though they contributed the least to it. Read: GNA
GUATEMALA: Cerigua reported 18 - 19 November on the release of the SWOP report, emphasizing the importance of including women in efforts to combat climate change.” Read: Cerigua (19 November), Cerigua (18 November)
INDIA: Express Buzz and The Australian reported 20 November that, days ahead of the 190-country Copenhagen summit on climate-change, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said it was unlikely that the conference come out with anything substantial. “Do not expect much from this round of discussions in Copenhagen. It looks like the negotiations would continue. “The single most important cause of emissions is beef eating,'' Mr Ramesh said during a speech to launch the UNFPA state of the world population report. Read: Express Buzz
INDIA: Over 25 newspapers in English, Hindi, Oriya and Marathi covered the release of SWOP 09 in India. The news also appeared on media websites and various satellite television channels. Doordarshan - India’s national TV network - telecast a 30-minute interview with Nesim Tumkaya, UNFPA Representative. To view the interviews on YouTube, visit india.unfpa.org.
INDIA: Hindustan Times reported 20 November on remarks by state health secretary S.R. Mohanty and UNFPA State Programme Coordinator Prakash Deo marking the release of the SWOP report, as the two called for renewed attention to climate change and investment in family welfare programmes.
INDIA: The Hindustan published, on 20 November, an interview with UNFPA representative Nesim Tumkaya on the impact of climate change on India and issues related to population and family planning.
INDIA: The Pioneer reported 20 November that Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh trashed a United Nation's report from the same platform that he released it from. The UNFPA’s State of World Population 2009 report, which the minister had released, suggested taking population dynamics into account to ensure success of international climate change agreements. However, Ramesh said the two could not be linked and India needed to take on the propaganda that her population leads to emissions. "Brand population has been termed as the biggest culprit in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but there is now abundant evidence to show that climate change is not related in any way to population growth. A billion people do not need be higher emitters," he emphasised.
INDIA: The Pioneer reported 20 November that the release of the SWOP report was coordinated by UNFPA along with the Indian Red Cross Society Odisha State Branch (IRCS OSB). Principal Secretary of State Forest & Environment Department Upendra Nath Behera, who released the report, said despite the large population in our country, we consume less power compared to some other developed countries. Nevertheless, it is still our responsibility to ensure we do our part to arrest climate change.
INDIA: The Times of India reported 20 November that India is going to be the world's most populous country in the next 40 years, according to the 2009 SWOP report. Read: The Times of India
INDIA: Kalinga Times reported 19 November that family planning, reproductive health care and gender relations could influence the future course of climate change and affect how humanity adapts to rising seas, worsening storms and severe droughts, according to The State of World Population 2009, published by UNFPA. Read: Kalinga Times
INDIA: PTI reported 19 November that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern over climate change and called for a collective endeavour by countries all over the world to control the global phenomenon. "Climate change is taking place rapidly and collective efforts are needed to control it," Gehlot said venting his anxieties after releasing the new UNPFA report here on the effects of climate change. Read: PTI
INDIA: MyNews.in reported 19 November on India’s low expectations for the upcoming global summit on climate change, noting that UNFPA – like the reports of other UN organization has focused extensively on climate change. Read: MyNews.in
INDIA: PTI reported 18 November that, giving a new angle to the climate change, the UNFPA said family planning, reproductive health care and gender relations could influence the future course of climate change and affect how humanity adapts to rising seas, worsening storms and severe droughts. Releasing the report in Mumbai, Vandana Krishna, secretary and commissioner family welfare, public health department, Maharashtra government said that the report clearly questions the current model of development. Read: PTI
INDIA: Zee News reported 18 November that the battle against global warming could be helped if the world slowed population growth by making free condoms and family planning advice more widely available, according to UNFPA. Read: Zee News
INDONESIA: Kompas reported in three articles on 19 November on the launch of the SWOP report in Jakarta, where UNFPA Representative Dr. Zahidul Huque said developing countries contribute about 3% of the global carbon emission but they are the most affected by the climate change. 50% of 240 million Indonesia’s population live on less than $2 per day, making it difficult for them to cope with increased food prices, less clean water, and access health care when sick, and Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Linda Amalia Sari said that in their role as nurturers, women can educate children and community members to plant trees and protect the environment.
IRAN: Tehran Times reported 18 November that UNFPA hosted a conference at Tehran University on population and climate change to launch the 2009 SWOP. Read: Tehran Times
IRELAND: Irish Times reported 19 November on the UNFPA report, Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate Change , details how climate change threatens to widen the gap between rich and poor and amplify gender inequalities. Slower population growth in both developed and developing countries may help “ease the task of bringing global emissions into balance with the atmosphere in the long run and enabling more immediate adaptation to change already under way”, the report argues. “For many people – especially poor women in poor countries – climate change is here and now,” said UNFPA director of human resources Sean Hand at the Irish launch of the report in Dublin. “Poor women in poor countries are among the hardest hit by climate change even though they contributed the least to it.” Read: Irish Times
LAO PDR: The Vientiane Times and the Vientiane Mai reported 20 November that UNFPA Lao PDR in cooperation with the Department of International Cooperation of Ministry of Investment and Planning launch this year's State of World Population report. The launch is chaired by the Vice Minister of Ministry of Planning and Investment and Meiko Labuta, UNFPA Representative, in Lao PDR. The 2009 report, “Facing a changing world: women, population and climate”, puts people at the centre of discussions on climate change. “Climate change is more than an issue of energy efficiency or industrial carbon emissions; it is also an issue of population dynamics, poverty and gender equity,” says UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid
MALDIVES: ISRIA, Minivan News, and Haveeru reported 22 November that Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed launched UNFPA State of World Population 2009 Report. Speaking at the launching function, the Vice President said while we pursue solutions to both mitigation and adaptation, “we must also address human rights and social issues.” Read: ISRIA, Minivan news, Haveeru
MONGOLIA: Unuudur reported 20 November that UNFPA organized a press conference for journalists to launch the State of World Population Report. Due to the climate change recently in Mongolia the number of natural disasters has been increasing and took the lives of 304 people for the last decade. They also highlighted that women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems caused by extreme weather events. Read: Unuudur
NEPAL: The Kathmandu Post and Republica reported 20 November that UNFPA in Nepal has called for a renewed debate and actions to respond to population issues and Nepali women's empowerment in the face of climate change. The call comes with the release of the UNFPA's report on State of World Population 2009. “This is a vital time in Nepal to re-invigorate the debate and identify the actions needed to respond to population issues and women's empowerment in the face of climate change. We hope the report will contribute to the debate,” said UNFPA Representative in Nepal Ian McFarlane. Read: The Kathmandu Post
NICARAGUA: El Nuevo Diario and La Prensa reported 17 – 19 November on the release of the SWOP report, and UNFPA representative Junko Sazaki spoke on the report’s implications for Nicaragua. Read in Spanish: El Nuevo Diario and La Prensa
PAKISTAN: Multiple media outlets reported 18 - 20 November on the release of the UNFPA SWOP Report and the Pakistan Supplement. Secretary of Environment, Kamran Lashari said UNFPA's report will be a crucial platform for raising awareness about the significance of climate change as Pakistan works to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Federal Minister for PopulationWelfare Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that continuouspopulation growth would multiply impacts of climate change aroundthe globe, therefore, engagement of all stakeholders be ensured tocope with this challenge. "Involvement of all the stakeholders including policy makers,decision makers, parliamentarians, civil society and media, in anon-going debate on how to understand, slow down and mitigate the effects of climate change is essential," the Minister said while addressing a report launching ceremony. Daily Times, Daily Times
PANAMA: La Estrella reported 19 - 20 November on the release of the SWOP report, as well as UNFPA Panama representative Laura Flores’ remarks ont the report’s implications for Panama. Read in Spanish: La Estrella (20 November) and La Estrella (19 November)
PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets reported and published UNFPA’s statement 18 – 22 November on the SWOP report release. Read in Spanish: SC Noticias,
PERU: Multiple media outlets reported 18 – 19 November on the release of the SWOP report in Lima, including remarks by UNFPA representative Esteban Caballero Carrizosa. Read in Spanish: Agencia Press, Andina, RPP
THE PHILIPPINES: GMA News reported 18 November that Suneeta Mukherjee, country representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said women should be empowered by contraceptive use as it ensures their health. “(The debate about women’s use of contraceptives is) not about sex or promiscuity but being able to control their lives," Mukherjee said during the UNFPA launch of its annual State of World Population Report in Pasay City. The report carried the theme: “Facing a changing world: women, population and climate." Read: GMA News
THE PHILIPPINES: Malaya Business Insight reported 18 November that faster population growth aggravates climate change because more people mean more green house gas emissions, according to UNFPA’s State of World Population Report 2009. As population increases, the study said, economies and consumption outpace the earth’s capacity to adjust, making climate change effects more extreme. "Green house gas emissions would not be accumulating so hazardously had the number of earth’s inhabitants not increased so rapidly, but remained at 300 million people, the world population of 1,000 years ago, compared with 6.8 billion today," the report said. Read: Malaya Business Insight
THE PHILIPPINES: The Business Mirror reported 18 November that the United Nations has reiterated its warning to countries with rapid population growth such as the Philippines to adopt reproductive-health policies to prevent their populations from suffering a harsher impact of disasters linked to climate change.
UNFPA launched the “State of the World Population” report highlighting women, mostly in poor and developing countries, that it said are the “most vulnerable to suffer from the impact of climate change because they make up the larger share of agricultural work force and do not have much access to income-earning opportunities than men.” Read: The Business Mirror
THE PHILIPPINES: The Philippine Star reported 18 November that women in less developed economies that are less able to cope with the impact of climate change are the most vulnerable to hunger and disease due to the difficult roles they assume in homes, farms and workplaces, according to the annual report of the UNFPA. UNFPA Country Representative for the Philippines Suneeta Mukherjee presented the 2009 State of the World Population Report which focuses this year on population, women and climate change. Read: Philippine Star
PORTUGAL: Multiple media outlets reported 18 - 22 November on the launch of The State of World Population Report 2009, which was hosted by UNFPA Geneva Office Director Alanna Armitage who travels to Portugal solely for this occasion. The presentation is sponsored by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation (SENEC) João Gomes Cravinho. Health Secretary of State Manuel Pizarro, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Catarina Furtado, representatives of foreign embassies in Lisbon, official bodies, NGO’s and members of academic institutions will also attend the event. Some of the coverage distorted UNFPA’s work as promoting “population control.” Read: ISRIA and in Portuguese: PST, Jornal de Noticias, TVi24, Lusa,
QATAR: Qatar News Agency reported 20 November that the 94-page State of the World Population Report 2009, launched in London, urged world leaders to take into account improved access to family planning services in future discussions such as next month's UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. "There is still time ... to think creatively about population, reproductive health and gender equality and how these might contribute to a just and environmentally sustainable world," said the report. Read: Qatar News Agency
REPUBLIC OF KOREA: The Korea Herald reported 19 November that a report by UNFPA showed that the social and economic gap between the two Koreas is widening. According to the report titled, "The State of World Population 2009: Facing a changing world," South Korea's infant mortality per 1,000 live births was four, whereas North Korea recorded 47. The difference in maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live births was even more severe - 14 for the South and 370 for the North. Read: The Korea Herald
REPUBLIC OF KOREA: The Chosun Ilbo and Yonhap reported 19 November that South Korea still has one of the lowest birthrates in the world, according to a report released by UNFPA, through the Planned Population Federation of Korea (PPFK). The country's total birthrate was 1.22, following last year's lowest rate at 1.2. Read: The Chosun Ilbo
RUSSIA: Reuters reported 18 November that Russia toughened its plans to curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions, in a rare encouraging development before United Nations climate talks, noting that In its 2009 state of the world population report, UNFPA said the world's poor are the most vulnerable to climate change and the majority of the 1.5 billion people living on $1.0 a day or less are women. Read: Reuters
SIERRA LEONE: Awoko reported 20 November that, along with the launch of the SWOP report, and UNFPA in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone, civil society and the media has intensified awareness raising campaign on the United Nations International Conference on Population Development in Sierra Leone to mark the 15 anniversary of ICPD. The UNFPA Country Representative Ratidzai Ndoluvu has reiterated that UNFPA is committed and determined to continue their support to the people and the Government of Sierra Leone in the improvement of health care delivery. Read: Awoko
SOUTH AFRICA: Voice of America reported 18 November that the United Nations says women, especially in less developed countries, are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. UNFPA delivered the warning in its annual report issued in South Africa. The Africa director of the UNFPA, Bunmi Makinwa, told reporters in Port Elizabeth women are especially susceptible to the consequences of climate change, which include water and food insecurity, disease and population migration. Read: Voice of America
SPAIN: El Mundo, Europa Press and Notimex (Mexico) reported 18 November on the release of the SWOP report in Madrid, quoting Rogelio Fernández Castilla, director of UNFPA’s division of technical assistance. Read in Spanish: El Mundo, Europa Press and Notimex
SWITZERLAND: ISRIA reported 20 November that the climate cannot be stabilised merely by technical solutions. Gender equality and the fight against poverty are complementary approaches that also need to be taken into account at the Copenhagen Climate Conference. This is the recommendation of the UN State of the World Population Report which was presented in Bern on Friday, with accompanying comments by SDC director, Mr. Dahinden. Read: ISRIA
SWITZERLAND: Multiple media outlets reported 18 November on the SWOP launch in Geneva, reporting on remarks by Werner Haug, director of UNFPA’s technical division, on the links among family planning, population growth and climate change. Read in German: SDA, SDA/AFP, SwissInfo, in French: ATS/Romandie, in Portuguese: EFE, in Spanish: EFE and EFE (b)
TANZANIA: The Daily News reported 20 November on key findings from the 2009 SWOP report and remarks by UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, who called for any treaty resulting from the upcoming global climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark to take into account individuals’ power to reverse climate change.
TANZANIA: The African, The Daily News and The Guardian reported 18-19 November on the Dar Es Salaam release of the 2009 SWOP report, highlighting the impact of climate change on food scarcity in the country and on women around the world. UNFPA representative Julitta Onabanjo pointed out that women bear disproportionate burdens because they are responsible for the majority of agricultural work, as she argued for greater attention to women’s participation in efforts to combat climate change. Ms. Onabanjo was joined by Minister of State in The Vice President’s Office, Dr. Baltida Burian, in calling for policy change in Tanzania and around the world, beginning with a review of the treatment of gender in Tanzania’s poverty reduction strategies.
TANZANIA: The Citizen reported 16 November that, opening the pre-launching of the State of the World Population Report for 2009 titled: "Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate Change," Dr Julitta Onabanjo, the UNFPA Country Representative, said people have the power to mitigate the effects of the climate change. Read: The Citizen
THAILAND: The Bangkok Post, Newsline and radio stations operated by the Ministry of Education and Chulalongkorn University reported and published interviews with UNFPA officials 18-23 November on the regional launch of the State of the World Population 2009 report. Nobuko Horibe, UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Director, said slower population growth, for example, would help build social resilience to the impact of climate change and would contribute to a reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions in the future. Read: Bangkok Post
UAE: The National reported 22 November that The latest report on the effects of climate change concludes that those who have done the least to destabilise the environmental balance will suffer the most from its disruption. "Poor women in poor countries are among the hardest hit by climate change," says UNFPA. Hafedh Chekir, the Arab office director for the UNFPA told The National that he hoped the report's publication would accelerate a policy debate on the problems facing the Arab world. Read: The National
UNITED KINGDOM: The Times reported 20 November that investing in birth control to reduce port predicted that the global population could reach 10.5 billion by 2050, up from 6.8 billion today, unless urgent action was taken to reduce fertility rates. It said that even its mediumgrowth forecast of 2.3 billion more people by 2050, which assumes a fall in average fertility from 2.56 to 2.02 children per woman, would make it much harder to achieve the cuts in carbon emissions needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. UNFPA predicted that population growth could be more effective in cutting greenhouse gas emissions than building wind turbines or nuclear power stations, according to a United Nations report. Read: The Times
UNITED KINGDOM: The Times published an opinion piece 20 November by Bronwen Maddox arguing, “There are many global problems in which the United States is painted as prime villain; there are not many where Iran is also hailed as the solution. But finding ways to make the world's population grow more slowly is one of those rare cases because of the recurrent coyness of the US about promoting contraception, and the ayatollahs' sure-footedness in doing just that. Suddenly, population control is back in the spotlight, after 30 years in which it has been taboo. This year's State of the World's Population report, by the United Nations Population Fund, does not help as much as it might.” Read: The Times
UNITED KINGDOM: The Times reported 19 November that women have a lower carbon footprint than men but are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of global warming, according to the United Nations’ State of World Population report. Women drive and fly much less than men and purchase fewer carbon intensive goods. The research found that women in industrialized countries were more likely to buy ecologically friendly and organic foods, were more likely to recycle rubbish and more interested in efficient energy use. Read: The Times
UNITED KINGDOM: Channel 4 reported 18 November that “Do not go forth and multiply” is the conclusion of the UN's world population report, which says educating women may be the key to cutting carbon emissions. The report from UNFPA warns that poor women in developing countries are among the hardest hit by global warming and more likely to die in natural disasters than men. Read: Channel 4
UNITED KINGDOM: AOL News UK reported 18 November that international efforts to tackle climate change are more likely to succeed if women are given access to education and services such as family planning, a UN study has shown. The report from UNFPA warned that poor women in developing countries were among the hardest hit by global warming and were more likely to die in natural disasters than men. Read: AOL News UK
UNITED KINGDOM: The Earth Times reported 18 November that women must be empowered to combat climate change through better availability of contraception to slowdown population growth, UNFPA said in a new report. The 94-page State of the World Population Report 2009, launched in London, urged world leaders to take into account improved access to family planning services in future discussions such as next month's UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. Read: Earth Times and Earth Times
UNITED KINGDOM: ENS reported 18 November that women are central to global and national efforts to cope with climate change, concludes a new report, "The State of World Population 2009," by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. Climate change is more than an issue of energy efficiency or industrial carbon emissions; it is also an issue of population dynamics, poverty and gender equity, the report points out. The authors predict that the fight against climate change is more likely to be successful if policies, programmes and treaties take into account the needs, rights and potentials of women. Read: ENS
UNITED KINGDOM: The Telegraph reported 18 November that UNFPA said if women are empowered to take control of their reproductive health they may choose to have fewer children, reducing pressure on resources and the environment. "Slower population growth would help build social resilience to climate change's impacts and would contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions," it reads. Read: The Telegraph
UNITED STATES: Women’s eNews published commentary by Anushay Hossain 19 November that climate change is already having a disproportionate impact on women, concluded the UNFPA’s "The State of World Population 2009," which focuses on women, population and climate change, also says that women have been largely overlooked in the debate on how to address climate change-related problems, and that success in combating this concern is more likely if policies, programmes and treaties consider women's rights and needs. Read: Women’s eNews
UNITED STATES: The New Republic reported 19 November, is climate change gender-neutral? Not according to UNFPA, which released a report arguing that women suffer disproportionately from the impacts of global warming. Read: The New Republic
UNITED STATES: Talk Radio News Service reported 18 November that a report entitled: State of World Population 2009, was released today by the UN’s Population Fund (UNFPA). The report says boosting support to women can be the changing factor in tackling global warming. It underscores that better reproductive health care and improved relations between women and men can make or break the fight against climate change. Read: Talk Radio News Service
UNITED STATES: Treehugger reported 18 November that the latest UNFPA report says that an important component in combatting climate change is limiting population growth. Explicitly stating that limits on number of children should not be considered, the report instead says improving women's access to family planning services and contraceptives, and assuring that low income is no barrier to access, is crucial. Read: Treehugger
VIET NAM: Multiple media outlets reported on 19 and 20 November that UNFPA in Viet Nam and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) held a ceremony to launch The State of World Population 2009 report, themed “Facing a changing world: Women, Population, Climate”. Addressing the ceremony, Bruce Campbell, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam, said the whole world was talking about carbon credits, carbon trading and emissions targets, “but hardly anyone has been talking about the people whose activities contribute to those emissions or about those affected by climate change.” He said it was important that the climate change debate is reframed, putting people at the center. “Climate policies that fail to take people, especially women, into account will neither make climate change manageable nor shield anyone from the potentially disastrous impacts,” Read the news in English: Thanh Nien daily, Viet Nam News, Nhan Dan, Viet Nam Communist Party, Viet Nam Net, The Nation and in Vietnamese:An Ninh Thu Do, Bao Dien Tu, Cong An, Cong Thuong, Dat Viet, Family and Society, Hanoi Moi (20 November), Hanoi Moi (19 November), Ho Chi Minh City Women, Industry and Trade, Nhan Dan, Propaganda and Education, Thanh Tra, Viet Nam Communist Party, Viet Nam Plus, VN Media, VNN
YEMEN: Saba Net reported 18 November on the release of the UNFPA State of The World Population Report. Read in Arabic: Saba Net
ZAMBIA: The Post reported 20 November that UNFPA representative Duah Owusu-Sarfo has said the effect of climate change is capable of reversing the hard- earned development gains of the past decades, thus slowing down the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And tourism minister Catherine Namugala said the increase in population has caused an increase in demand for goods and services. Read: The Post
ZAMBIA: The Lusaka Times reported 19 November that UNFPA Country Representative Duah Owusu-Sarfo says climate change threatens to deepen poverty levels and increase the suffering of already burdened and vulnerable groups of women and children. Mr. Owusu-Sarfo said the impact of climate change reveals that men and women are affected differently and that women are most vulnerable to the suffering brought about by climate change. Read: Lusaka Times