IRIN Plus News on 21 February reported that, "Some personal lubricant - or 'lube'- has been shown to lower the risk of HIV transmission by decreasing the risk of condoms breaking." Acknowledging the importance of using personal lubricants with condoms, the UNFPA decided in 2012 to include water-based lubricants in the list of commodities available to governmental and non-governmental clients. Read in English: IRIN Plus News
Republica reported on 27 September on a debate titled, "Investing in Youth: Are We Doing Enough?" Participants discuessed the status of youth in the country as well as the need for proper sexual reproductive health education. The programme was jointly organized and supported by the Association of Youth Organization and UNFPA. Read in English: Republica
Al Jazeera reported on 11 July that the United Nations commemorates World Population Day against the backdrop of an upcoming landmark event: global population hitting the seven billion mark by late October this year. According to current projections, and with some of the world's poorest nations doubling their populations in the next decade, the second milestone will be in 2025 when the global population will reach eight billion. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, said seven billion represents a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action. On World Population Day, 11 July, he launches a campaign called "7 Billion Actions". "It will engage people on what it means to live in a world with seven billion people and encourage action on issues that affect all of us," he said. Together, he said, "we can forge the future with young people, advance rights for girls and women, and safeguard the natural resources on which we all depend." Read: Al Jazeera
UN News Centre reported on 11 July on World Population Day and statements by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. “We now have unprecedented capacity to share information and ideas, and engage communities across the globe to solve common problems. Reducing inequities and improving living standards for people alive today – as well as for generations to follow – will require new ways of thinking and unparalleled global cooperation. The moment to act is now,” said Dr. Osotimehin. Read: UN News Centre
ALGERIA: Horizons, El Moudjahid, Dans les Débats, El Watan and Afrique Hebdo reported on 11 and 12 July on events marking World Population Day in Algeria. Horizons featured an interview with Lindsay Edouard, UNFPA Representative in Algeria on the Fund's work and related population issues.
ANGOLA: Angola Press Agency reported on 11 July on World Population Day and its history. UNFPA began observing this day in 1989 as a means to create awareness on the importance of family planning, maternal health, gender equality, poverty, and human rights. Read: Angola Press Agency
ARMENIA: Public Radio of Armenia reported on 11 July that as the world population is expected to surpass seven billion, UNFPA and partners are launching a campaign called “7 Billion Actions.” It aims to engage people, spur commitment and spark actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of seven billion people. According to Garik Hayrapetyan, head of the UN Population Fund in Armenia, the population of the Earth totaled one billion in the year 1800, while in 200 years the number has increased to seven times that. Read: Public Radio of Armenia
AUSTRALIA: ABC Radio Australia published on 11 July an interview with UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin to mark World Population Day. Dr. Osotimehin said, “There are parts of the world where the population is growing faster than their economies can cope. And so there is a threat to security, there is threat to food security, there is unemployment and poverty and I think that that's something that we need to address. On the other hand, there are also parts of the world where the population is shrinking and in some developed countries and economies; there is an effort to rejuvenate those economies to be able to establish a productive base of young people to be able to carry through. So you have this balance, and I think that the policy initiatives in both circumstances differ. Whereas in the developing world, we are talking to member states to look after the education of young people, particularly young adults and girls, we're also talking about empowerment and ensuring that they have access to reproductive health, particularly family planning and so that they can make choices in their lives.” Read: ABC
BANGLADESH: The Daily Star published an op-ed by Md. Asadullah Khan on 16 July arguing “With the world population currently at 7 billion and UNFPA and its partners launching a campaign called "7 billion people -- 7 billion actions," it might be an achievement for the developed countries, but definitely a cause for worries for a land-starved and disaster-ridden country like Bangladesh. While observing the World Population Day this year with the slogan "Planned family, our pledges," stalwarts in administration and experts in population science cautioned that this unplanned growth of population would further complicate the process of meeting the demand for food, basic health requirements and educational facilities --triggering unemployment and social unrest.” Read: The Daily Star
BELARUS: TUT.BY reported on 11 July on Belarus’s celebration of World Population Day, which included an interview with UNFPA Programme Analyst Tatyana Haplichnik. Coverage also addressed the global youth population, which is the largest ever, and presentations on projects initiated and led by young people, as well as a performance by the musical group Open Space of the song “How Many People,” which was written to mark World Population Day. Read in Russian: Tut.by.
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 and 12 July on World Population Day and population dynamics in Bolivia. Coverage included interviews and statements by UNFPA Representative Jaime Nadal, who discussed global population growth and Bolivia’s ongoing economic development, as well as the importance of centreing young people in development planning. Read in Spanish: Cambio, Eju Tv, ERBOL, Prensa Grafica, Prensa Latina. Read in Portuguese: Prensa Latina
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on the Seven Billion Actions Campaign and World Population Day. However, as 11 July also marked the 16th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, most World Population Day activities in the country had been postponed for a later date. Read more in Bosnian: Sarajevo-x
BURKINA FASO: Sidwaya and Le Pays reported on 12 and 14 July on the commemorative ceremony of the World Population Day. In Burkina Faso World Population Day was celebrated under the theme "Challenges and opportunities of population growth in the Burkina Faso." The ceremony was chaired by the General Secretary of the Ministry of Economy and Finances representing his Minister, the Permanent Secretary of the National Council of Population and the Representative of UNFPA in Burkina Faso. During the ceremony, UNFPA Representative Mamadou Kanté presented remarks from UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Read in French: Sidwaya
Le Pays reported on 13 July on a day of free consultation on reproductive health and family planning services that was held as part of the commemorative activities of World Population Day. The free consultation day was introduced by the ABBEF. The medical services which were offered were: HIV/AIDS screening, screenings of breast cancer and cervix cancer, and family planning methods. The landmark of this day was the participation and the implication of men. Adama Congo was interviewed and declared: it is a good initiative that the ABBEF decided to offer free consultation for men “. . . the consultation helps preventing diseases." Read in French: Le Pays
Le Quotidien published on 11 July an interview with Kaboré Saïdou, National Programme Officer on Population and Development and Gender. Mr. Saidou discussed World Population Day and of the launch of the World at Seven Billion campaign. He said, "A world of seven billion inhabitants arouses simultaneously a feeling of satisfaction, even success, but also anxiety in front of formidable challenges.”
CAMBODIA: Phnom Penh Post reported on 12 July that student volunteers were out in force on the streets of Phnom Penh, wearing T-shirts spelling out the message "7 billion.” Their aim was to mark the world reaching an official population of seven billion people this year, which will be marked by UNFPA with a series of worldwide events on 31 October. "The United Nations declaration that the world's population has increased to seven billion will be made on 31 October, but various campaigns have been prepared before that date,” said Pen Sophanara, a communications associate of UNFPA. Read: Phnom Penh Post
CAMEROON: Cameroon Tribune, reported on 12 July that World Population Day was celebrated on the theme "The World at Seven Billion,” related to fact that the World Population will reach seven billion on 31 October. Cameroon has chosen to commemorate this day under the theme "Poverty and inequality," one of the seven sub-themes developed in conjunction with the main theme at Akonolinga, in the Centre Region. This theme highlights the relationship between population growth, economic and distribution of the fruits of growth. The rural exodus, the extreme youth of the population are among the main themes addressed by the Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (Minepat), Louis Paul Motaze. He was speaking at Akonolinga, during a ceremony which was attended by UNFPA Representative Alain Sibenaler and several other members of the government. The Cameroonian Government has already taken actions to improve the living conditions of populations. Structuring projects that aim to generate wealth and redistribute it through the creation of many jobs are ongoing.Read: Cameroon Tribune
CANADA: Canwest reported on 12 July that a slim majority of Canadians thinks the country's population of about 34 million is just right, according to a new survey that also shows a significant minority - about one-third of all respondents - would prefer a bigger population, while just eight per cent think there's too many people living here already. . . UNFPA announced that the total number of people on Earth will reach seven billion this year, probably in late October. Canada, which encompasses nearly seven per cent of the world's land area, is home to less than one-half of one per cent of the planet's population. Read: Canwest
CAPE VERDE: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on events related to World Population Day. In addition to coverage on the global theme, "A World of Seven Billion, Counting on Each Other," the media highlighted the fact that Cape Verde’s population has nearly doubled in the past 50 years, and led to new challenges related to adolescent reproductive health and gender issues. The main event marking the day in Cape Verde was a day of reflection held at the National Assembly, which aimed to promote a debate on population issues both nationally and globally. At that event, UNFPA Representative Petra Lantz said that in this world of seven billion we need to ensure that there is proper planning, greater access to water and sanitation, particularly in cities, since the trend is for the world populations to be more urban in character. Along with "a world of possibilities" for increasing human potential, it is also necessary is to pay attention to linkages between population growth and access to food, natural resources, housing, and other commodities. Coverage included interviews with the UNPA representative and a special edition of a weekly programme in order to highlight the day’s events. Ms. Lantz said, "We must be alert, because when we talk about gender issues we have to take into account issues affecting both girls and boys." Watch in Portuguese: RTC (a), RTC (b), RTC (c), RTC (d). Read in Portuguese: Expresso das Ilhas and A Nacao
CHAD: Info Chad reported on 15 July on World Population Day. In a speech, UNFPA Officer in Charge, Thomas Zoungrana noted that the World Population Day this year is of paramount importance as it marks the launch of the campaign of seven billion. The campaign reaches its apotheosis on 31 October, when the world population is expected to reach seven billion.
COLOMBIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on World Population Day as UNFPA launched a global initiative to highlight the challenges, opportunities and actions that face a world of seven billion people. Articles also highlighted remarks by UNFPA Representative Tania Patriota, who discussed the need to develop policies to reform the health and pension systems and address the needs of older people. Read in Spanish: Semana, CMI, Radio Santa Fe, El Colombiano, Caracol, Mision Pyme
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): DRTV reported on 15 July on the visit by UNFPA Representative David Lawson to the country largest hospital in Brazzaville. Mr. Lawson visited the maternity and delivered baby kits to mothers whose babies were born on 11 and 12 July, in the context of the World Population Day 2011. The gesture was aimed at highlighting the importance of midwives to reduce maternal mortality.
Tele-Congo, MN TV, DRTV, Radio-Congo, les Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-site reported on 12 and 13 July on a high-level round table organized by UNFPA and the Economy and Planning Ministry at the Central African States Bank in Brazzaville on "The World at Seven Billion: Implications for Congo" The round table gathered ministers, parliamentarians, ambassadors, diplomats, UN agencies and civil society actors. UNFPA Representative David Lawson said, "Youth is the future of humanity and must be provided with health, education and jobs.” In addition, he noted, women should have access to policy decision-making positions; young girls should be protected from early pregnancy and should have access education and health; urbanization be addressed through policies on transportation, housing, energy and sanitation. “It is only by planning now for the decades ahead that we will build a better world,” he concluded. Read in French: Congo-site, Les Depeches de Brazzaville. Watch in French: Congo-site
Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Tele-Radio Pointe Noire reported on 12 July on the visit by UNFPA Representative David Lawson to the rural Kouilou Province in Southern Congo on the occasion of a round table jointly organized by UNFPA, Provincial Governor Fidele Dimou and civil society organizations on "Living in a World at Seven Billion." Mr. Lawson said, "We have chosen to launch the World Population Day activities in Congo in a rural province as the consequences of a world at seven billion and increasing urbanization are being felt in rural areas. Investment must also be made in these areas to boost agricultural and economic activities, offer opportunities for young people, preserve the environment and avoid a rural exodus." Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville
DRTV, Tele-Congo, Tele-pointe Noire, MN TV, and Top TV broadcaston 11 July UNFPA Executive Director's message on World Population Day, delivered in Brazzaville by UNFPA Representative David Lawson. The message called for reducing poverty, enhancing reproductive health and rights and investing in youth and women. Young people constitute nearly half of the world population and need to be actively involved in building a better world for all.
Tele Pointe-noire broadcast on 11 July a special TV programme on the occasion of World Population Day on the theme “Living in a World of Seven Billion People." UNFPA Representative David Lawson and Kouilou Provincial Governor Fidele Dimou were guest speakers in a one-hour debate held in the economic capital city of Pointe-Noire with representatives from civil society and ministerial departments working on health, women, HIV/AIDS and youth.
COSTA RICA: Multiple media outlets reported and published op-eds on 11 July on World Population Day and UNFPA’s launch of the "7 Billion Actions" campaign. Listen in Spanish: ADN. Read in Spanish: La Nacion and La Republica
CUBA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11-16 July on events in Cuba and around the world marking World Population Day. In Cuba, UNFPA officials and others took the opportunity to reflect on the current and long-term demographic dynamics in Cub, where fertility is low and the challenges of an ageing population are becoming more prominent. A workshop coordinated by the Cuban Youth Studies Centre and UNFPA highlighted the fact that the future of Cuba brought together all generations and has in the new generations an essential locomotive force. Read: Granma International, Juventud Tecnica, Prensa Latina (a), Prensa Latina (b) Trabajadores, La Demajuaga, Giron, Cuba Ahora, La Tribuna de la Habana
DENMARK: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on events marking World Population Day and the launch of the “7 Billion Actions” campaign, as well as ongoing population issues, including the high global unmet need for family planning.
EL SALVADOR: La Prensa Grafica and El Mundo reported on 12 and 15 July on events marking World Population Day, including statements from UNFPA Representative Elena Zúñiga, as she launched the “7 Billion Actions” campaign in the country. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Grafica and El Mundo
FIJI: The Fiji Times reported on 11 July on World Population Day and the upcoming arrival of the world’s seven billionth inhabitant. Dirk Jena, the director of UNFPA Pacific, said, "This is a global milestone that presents challenges and opportunities, it calls for actions for a just and sustainable world." He said that each year 78 million people were added to the global population, increasing demands for natural resources and putting pressure on the planet. To mark World Population Day, UNFPA signed a memorandum of understanding with International Planned Parenthood Federation. The MOU will see an increase of programmes for political advocacy on population and development; adolescent and sexual reproductive health; work with faith-based organisations and traditional leadership; health commodity security and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Read: The Fiji Times
GABON: L'Union and Gabon Matin reported on 12 July on the deferral of World Population Day celebration. Normally celebrated on 11 July each year since 1989, a press conference with UN representatives and Youth Ministry delegate held a press conference to present World Population Day activities scheduled on 15 July.
GEORGIA: Georgia Today reported on 14 July that according to UN projections, the world’s population will reach a milestone this year with the population expected to surpass 7 billion people by 31 October. To engage the public in the lead-up to that day, UNFPA’s Georgia country office officially launched the “7 Billion Actions” campaign, an advocacy effort at the global level on World Population Day. UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said “With the right policies, investments and social support, young people can enjoy healthier lives free of poverty and enhance the prospects for peace and stability”. The article also discussed achievements and endeavors of the UNFPA country office over the last decade. Read: Georgia Today
GHANA: GBC reported on 13 July that a representative of UNFPA, Dr. Bernard Coquelin, at a forum to commemorate World Population Day in Accra advised Ghana to channel more resources into reducing poverty, empowering the youth and developing resources to match the increase in population. Read: GBC
GUATEMALA: Nuestro Diario and Prensa Libre reported on 11 and 12 July on World Population Day. Coverage included an interview with UNFPA Representative Leonor Calderon, who called the young population a “time bonus or a time bomb” and also noted that UNFPA organized a forum to hear the views of young people about the growth of young people from different sectors, during which it was proposed that girls and women should receive more education, but also that their decisions need to be heard and respected. Read in Spanish: Prensa Libre (a) and Prensa Libre (b)
HAITI: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on the celebration by UNFPA and the National Association of Specialists in Population and Development (ANASPOD) on World Population Day. UNFPA technical adviser Gabriel Bidegain discussed population issues in Haiti and stressed the need to make decisions aimed at providing the people with basic social services.
INDIA: The Times of India reported on 14 July that the Nagaland department of health and family welfare observed the World Population Day by organizing a programme - Small Family Overall Development - at the State Academy Hall in Kohima. The state's minister for urban development and higher education said that the United Nation had authorized the event as a vehicle to spread awareness on population issues as they have a huge impact on development and environment. Since then, with UNFPA for encouragement, the government and non-government organizations, institutions and individuals organized various educational activities to celebrate this annual event.
The Times of India reported on 12 July that World Population Day saw UNFPA kick start “7 Billion,” a campaign launched to commemorate the imminent milestone of the world population touching seven billion later this year. It aims to promote proactive and positive discussion on the issue among the youth. UNFPA Senior advocacy and communications officer Rajat Ray said, "Before we hope to make an impact globally, we need the movement to gain momentum at the national level. We are targeting the youth and we wish to view the expansion of the world population to seven billion in a positive light. It should no longer have any negative association; we want to encourage the youth to actively engage in the opportunities and challenges that this number throws up." Read: Times of India
INDONESIA: The Jakarta Post reported on 14 July on a seminar marking World Population Day and co-sponsored by UNFPA and BKKBN. “As young people below 25 years old constitute the majority of the world’s population, countries should give them more access to reproductive health services,” said Jose Ferraris, the UNFPA’s Indonesian representative. Read: The Jakarta Post
IRAN: Multiple media outlets reported and published UNFPA statements on 11 July on World Population Day. UNFPA launched a global initiative to highlight challenges, opportunities and actions that would shape our common future as the world population approaches seven billion. Read: IRNA
IRAQ: Al-Sumaria and Al Shafeed reported on 11 July on an event organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning and the Census Higher Commission to release the Census Buildings and Establishment data. At the event, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) announced on 11 July the world is approaching seven billion in October, but knowledge of Iraq’s exact population is still missing due to postponement of the national census. UNAMI emphasized the importance of the census to the economic and social development of the country and encouraged all parties to agree on the disputed areas that are delaying the census. Ad Melkert, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, commented on UNFPA's support for census-taking in the country since 2005 and its efforts to bring all disputed parties together to the discussions on the importance of bringing the census into realty in the country. Read in Arabic: Al Sumaria and Al Shafeeq
JAMAICA: The Jamaica Gleaner and Jamaica Observer reported on 11 July on World Population Day. Director for the UNFPA sub-regional office for the Caribbean, Geeta Sethi warned that the elderly in the country can no longer be ignored, especially given projections that older people will outnumber children under 15 years old by 2050. "We have an opportunity and a responsibility to invest in meeting the needs of older people so that the quality of their life is enhanced, their rights protected and they can live in dignity. This includes investments in infrastructure such as housing and transportation; social security and basic social services including affordable, accessible health care," she said. Read: Jamaica Gleaner and Jamaica Observer
JORDAN: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 and 12 July on World Population Day. Articles highlighted the importance of this year’s milestone and announced the launch of the Seven Billion Actions Campaign by UNFPA, as well as messages and statements by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Coverage noted that Jordan’s main event to mark World Population Day will be held on 25 July, along with the launch of Jordan’s Population Report 2010, under the patronage of HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal, UNFPA Jordan Goodwill Ambassador. Thie report is considered to be the first comprehensive report that sheds light the structure, characteristics and historical development of the status of the Jordanian population. Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Ad Dustour, Jordan Times and Al Arab Al Yawm
KAZAKHSTAN: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July that UNFPA announced that world population will reach seven billion on 31 October. The announcement was made during a press briefing on the occasion of World Population Day and a seminar on mortality in Central Asia. The seminar, organized in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, brought together prominent international demographers and experts from national statistical offices in Central Asia. They reviewed the situation in the region, with an emphasis on topics such as data quality, infant and child mortality, adult mortality, maternal mortality, life expectancy, and causes of death. Read in Russian: Kaz Inform, Kaz Inform, Kaz Inform, Kaz Inform, Khabar and KTK
KENYA: Nairobi Star reported on 12 July on celebrations to mark this year's World Population Day at the Naivasha AP grounds. During the ceremony, UNFPA country director Zama Chi said the use of contraceptives has contributed to infertility. "Evidence from a number of surveys indicates that unmet needs for family planning especially for young women is high with accompanying high maternal deaths," he said
The Nairobi Star reported on 11 July on the day’s observation of world population day, noting that the world's population is increasing at an alarming rate. This, according to UNFPA, will see the world hit the seven billion mark on 31 October this year. Though it has been cited to bring a considerable amount of strain on the world's ever diminishing resources, there is also the aspect that many experts have brought forward, of the increase in population amounting to an increase in opportunities and especially with regards to manpower.
LAO PDR: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on World Population Day as the new Minister of Planning and Investment, Somdy Duangdy, spoke to the media. "Population growth has resulted in a significant demographic change. One in every three Lao people is aged 10 to 24, providing a large workforce that is the key driver of economic development. The working-age population accounts for 57 per cent of the total population,” said Mr. Somdy. UNFPA Representative Mieko Yabuta said, “I am very pleased that the Lao government has recognized its demographic window of opportunity and is placing a high priority on improving its human capital.” Read: Lao Voices, KPL. Read in French: KPL
LEBANON: Multiple media outlets reported on 13 -15 July on a roundtable organized by the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development and Family Empowerment (LFPADE) in collaboration with UNFPA and the Ministry of Social Affairs on July 14. The roundtable discussed population policies in Lebanon and on the launch of the “7 Billion Actions” campaign by UNFPA, its main themes and milestones and published the message of UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Read in Arabic: Al Mustaqbal, Lebanon Files (a), Lebanon Files (b) and National News Agency
LIBERIA: The New Dawn reported on 11 July that United States Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas Greenfield, has cautioned Liberia on the observance of World Population Day to exert effort in developing the capacity of Liberian women. “We know that illiteracy is a huge problem here in Liberia,” Ambassador Greenfield pointed out. She also pointed to the country’s idle youthful population, stressing the need for more investments to mold these young people into better future leaders. The Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs and the Liberia Institute of Statistics & Geo Information Services, in collaboration with UNFPA were involved in the celebration of World Population Day. Read: The New Dawn
MACEDONIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July that expecting that the population on the planet will soon grow to more than 7 billion, the United Nations with the “7 Billion Actions” campaign marked 11 July – World Population Day. Each young person deserves education, including sexual education, as well as access to extensive health services, appeals the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin. According to him, real policies and investments would provide to the youth healthier life without poverty. Protection of reproductive health and rights is the foundation for our collective future and sustainable development, UN representatives reckon. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s written message is in the same line – take determined actions in order to provide better life to the generations to come. Read in Macedonian: Sitel, Tocka, Netpress and Kajgana
MAURITANIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 and 12 July on the celebration in Mauritania of World Population Day under the theme "the world at seven billions of people." The official launch of the commemorative events of the day brought together the representatives of the UN system, the ministers of key sectors in charge of the implementation of the country programme, parliamentarians, journalists, media, NGOs and civil society associations. The Minister of Economic Affairs who chaired the ceremony, praised the cooperation between UNFPA and Mauritania and focused on the issues, challenges and opportunities that a world of seven billion people can offer and the need for solidarity of all to draw maximum benefits for the country and for the entire humanity.
MEXICO: Multiple media outlet reported on 11-15 July on activities marking on World Population Day in Mexico. UNFPA Representative Diego Palacios Jaramillo pointed out the need to address the rights of young people. This group, totaling 1.2 billion people, and more than 20 million in Mexico, should be a priority for the Mexican Government and for the international community as a whole. The current number of young-people between 15 and 24 years is the highest in history, forcing governments to think how to cover their present and future needs in education, sexual and reproductive health and access to employment, Mr. Palacios said at a conference. Read in Spanish: UN Radio, CNN Mexico (a), CNN Mexico (b), CIMAC, EFE, La Jornada, Quadratin, Once TV, Agencia Reforma, Radio Formula, El Sol de Mexico, Notiese, Periodico Sintesis, News Hidalgo, ADN Sureste, Cambio de Michoacan, Diario Despertar de Oaxaca, MVT, Pulso San Luis Potosi, EHUI
MOZAMBIQUE: O País, Rádio Moçambique, RTO-África, TVM, Diário de Moçambique and Domingo reported on 12-17 July on World Population Day. UNFPA Representative, Patricia Guzman was quoted in all reports saying that the growing population challenges governments to create employment opportunities, provide education and health, particularly for women and young people. Read in Portuguese: O Pais and Diario Mozambique
NAMIBIA: The Namibian Sun on 14 July reported on World Population Day. UNFPA Representative Dr. Lawrence Mgbangson is quoted in the article saying, “Reducing inequalities and improving living standards for people alive today as well as for generations to follow will require new ways of thinking and unparalleled global cooperation and the moment to act is now.” Read in English: The Namibian Sun
NEPAL: Xinhua (China) reported on 11 July that World Population Day was marked with a special programme organized by the Ministry of Health and Population in the capital Kathmandu. UNFPA Representative Ian McFarlane said that not only economic activities but also health and education should be equally prioritized in the nation.
NIGER: Le Sahel reported on 12 July that the ceremony of commemoration of World Population Day and the launch of the "7 Billion Actions" campaign took place under the chairmanship of the Minister of Population, Women promote and Child Protection Maikibi Kadidiatou Dandobi. In a speech on this occasion, UNFPA Representative Yacine Diallo pointed out that in a “world of 7 billion, we have to invest in youth because their choices will determine our common future. When rights of young people to health, including sexual and reproductive health and education are guaranteed, they represent a strong power in the service of the our world social and economic transformation.”
NIGERIA: ThisDay reported on 14 July that Nigeria and other member countries of the United Nations have been told that ending global poverty and inequality is the key to unleashing the great human potential for prosperity and peaceful coexistence, while protecting the planet and safeguarding the natural resources that sustain humanity. The call was made by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in a message to mark World Population Day, observed annually on 11 July. UNFPA launched the "7 Billion Actions" campaign to promote dialogue on the challenges, opportunities and actions that will be needed to ensure a better future for humanity. "While poverty, inequality and increased stress on resources represent major challenges, the world is more interconnected than ever before, creating enormous possibilities," said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, in his message to mark the day.
The Nigerian Tribune reported on 12 July that as Nigeria’s population hits 162 million on 31 October this year, the National Population Commission (NPC) has said that the country’s population is too large for comfort. To manage the rapidly growing population, UNFPA stated that Nigeria and other donor organizations had made available $42 million to procure family planning commodities. Read: Nigerian Tribune
The Guardian reported on 12 July that Nigeria’s population is expected to hit 166 million mark just as the world population is projected to rise to seven billion from six billion. With this figure, Nigeria will be contributing about 2.4 per cent of the world population and at the same time, about five million people are added to Nigeria’s population on a yearly basis. On the global scale, however, additional 78 million people are added to the world population yearly. The chairman of the National Population Commission, Chief Samu’ila Danko Makama, gave the figures at an event to mark World Population Day. Meanwhile, UNFPA has revealed plans to spend N6.6 billion or $42 million for reproductive and maternal health in the next five years. The agency’s country representative, Agathe Lawson, said the funds were received from the Department for International Development, United States Agency for International Development and Nigerian government for commodities services. Read: The Guardian
The Nigerian Observer reported on 11 July on a debate sponsorted by the National Population Commission (NPC) and UNFPA. The debate between Government Secondary School, Jiwa, and Government Secondary School, Lugbe, was part of the build up to the World Population Day. Read: Nigerian Observer
DPR of KOREA: KCNA reported on 11 July that a seminar on "The World Population Day 2011 - The World at 7 Billion," the theme provided by UNFPA, was held at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang.
OMAN: The Oman Daily Observer published an op-ed on 12 July by Rajan Philips on World Population Day. Dr. Philips noted that UNFPA plays a crucial role in educating the public on population issues by creating awareness programmes globally. Read: Oman Daily Observer
PAKISTAN: Plus News reported on 13 July that UNFPA launched a national campaign to highlight the critical role of young population to play in shaping the destiny of the country. UNFPA Pakistan organized a seminar on World Population Day: the key objective of the seminar was to engage all stakeholders together in raising awareness about seven key themes which were critical to country's socio-economic development.
Right Vision News reported on 12 July that NATPOW, the National Trust for Population Welfare led a celebration of World Population Day. The article noted that, in addition to events on 11 July, in Lahore, the celebration was take place on the July 12 where NATPOW in collaboration with WPD, UNFPA and other partners will arrange media conference to send our message of population day to a vast audience through print and electronic media.
PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on World Population Day and UNFPA’s launch of the Seven Billion Actions Campaign. Articles noted that that on 31 October, the world population will reach 7 billion people. Articles noted statements by UNFPA officials, including Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. UNFPA’s Aldo Natalizia called for equity in policy and planning, particularly in urban areas in order to address challenges including poverty and early pregnancy. Read in Spanish: Ultima Hora, IP Paraguay, La Nacion (a) and La Nacion (b)
ROMANIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on a press conference held by UNFPA Representative for Romania and Country Director for Moldova, Macedonia and Serbia, Francois Farah, and Vergil Voineagu, President of the National Institute of Statistics (NIS). The press conference took place at the NIS, attended by media and NIS representatives invited to celebrate World Population Day, as well as 152 years of official statistics in Romania/Statisticians’ Day. The two themes joined at the same press conference are a result of a partnership between UNFPA and NIS in Romania, and also offered an opportunity for reflection on a major common interest and effort: the upcoming 2011 Population and Housing Census. Both speakers talked about the importance of Romania’s full participation in this complex nation-wide exercise which will yield essential data for the development of proper public policies, measures and services in support of various priority population needs. The UN System in Romania, under UNFPA leadership, is providing a consolidated support to NIS to carry out the census as part of a joint project that gives special attention to Roma minority participation in the census. Read in Romanian: Mediafax, Amos News, EVZ, Jurnalul, Romania Libera, Romania Actualitati, Radio Romania, Radio Romania Antena Satelor and Adevarul
SIERRA LEONE: New Citizen reported on 12 July that hundreds of school children, representatives of line Ministries, UN agencies and the media on joined the simultaneous commemoration of this year’s World Population Day spearheaded by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in collaboration with UNFPA. The UNFPA Country Representative re-echoed the statement of the UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin and the Secretary-General of the United Nations which focused on youth and adolescents in a world with a population of seven billion, saying, “let us take this opportunity as development planners and policy makers to plan for our future generations.” The Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Foday Mansaray asserted that concerns about over-population are re-emerging and that it is very important that UNFPA is engaged in the population debate to protect and promote the human rights vision of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Agenda to ensure that individuals have right to decide freely and responsibly on the number, spacing and timing of their children.
SOUTH AFRICA: BuaNews reported on 11 July that Mark Schreiner, who is the officer in charge at the United Nations Population Fund, said investing in young people is a smart decision the country could make and called on youth serving organisations to take advantage of the opportunities that exists and educate themselves as tomorrow's leaders.
SUDAN: Sudan Vision Daily and Al Sahafa reported and published op-eds on 11-17 July on World Population Day. In an op-ed, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin marking World Population Day wrote, “Today on World Population Day, I am launching a campaign called Seven Billion Actions. It will engage people on what it means to live in a world with seven billion people and encourage action on issues that affect all of us.” The National Population Council in collaboration with UNFPA, organized a consultation forum for reviewing and updating the national population policy, considering new developments in Sudan. The forum was addressed by the minister of social security and welfare, chairperson of the national population council and UNFPA acting representative. Read: Sudan Visioni Daily, Sudan Vision Daily, Sudan Vision Daily and Al Sahafa
SURINAME: Starnieuws reported on 12 July on UNFPA-led World Population Day events in the country. Read in Dutch: Star Nieuws
SWAZILAND: The Times of Swaziland and The Swazi Observer reported on 11 and 12 July on World Population Day. The Swazi Observer noted that UNFPA Representative Hassan Mohtashami explained that Swaziland was using this opportunity to raise national awareness on imperative population issues that are critical to the development of the country. Dr. Mohtashami stated that the recent and rapid growth of the population was intricately linked to many of the developmental, environmental and social trends of the present society. He explained that the milestone represented a challenge, an opportunity and a call for action. Read: The Swazi Observer
TAJIKISTAN: Khovar, Ozodagon and RFE/RL reported on 11 and 12 July that that UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund marked World Population Day with a motto “7 billion actions.” Articles also highlighted population issues in Tajikistan, which UNFPA officials noted, has a rapidly growing population, which has expanded by 23 per cent since 2000. Read in Russian: Ozodagon and RFE/RL
TANZANIA: The Citizen and The Daily News reported on 11 July on celebrations of World Population Day and the launch of UNFPA’s “7 Billion Actions” campaign, noting that UNFPA Representative Julitta Onabanjo highlighted the importance of young people’s participation in development in her statement marking the day.
THAILAND: The Nation TV, NBT Channel 11 and Radio Thailand reported on World Population Day on 11-14 July. Coverage included interviews with Wassana Im-em, Officer-in-Charge a.i., of UNFPA Country Office in Thailand and William Ryan, Regional Communications Adviser of UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, have been included in the scoop. In addition to the global situation and trends, Ms Wassana analysed the demographic change in Thailand while Mr Ryan highlighted the regional issues.
TOGO: Togo Presse reported on 11 July on World Population Day celebrations and World at 7Billion activities by the Ministry of Plan & Territorial Administration in collaboration with UNFPA Togo. The importance of this year’s theme of “The world at 7 Billion: counting on each other” could not be over-emphasized. Minister Dédé Ahoéfa Ekoué, in her speech raised awareness on the challenges and opportunities that a world of seven billion inhabitants presented. She called upon all key players and policy-makers to come up with strategies that will capitalize on the opportunities and seek to mobilize more resources and favorable conditions in order to make the World at 7 Billion a better place to live in. UNFPA Representative Cécile Mukarubuga, congratulated the government on its 3.5 per cent economic growth rate in 2010. She also encouraged the government to double the social infrastructures available given the growth rate of 2.58 per cent per year and underscored the need to promote family planning services. The representative nevertheless promised UNFPA’s unwavering support and co-operation to the Togolese government in the search of better ways and means aiming at ameliorating the livelihood of the population.
TUNISIA: La Presse de Tunisie and Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported on 12 July on the conference “Youth, Women and participation” organized by the Byrsa Citizenship Movement with the support of the UNFPA CO organised within the celebration of the World Population Day and related to the theme of youth, women and civic commitment. Read in French La Presse de Tunisie and Agence Tunis Afrique
Télévion Nationale Tunisenne (TNT), Hannibal TV, Nessma TV and Canal 2 broadcast on 12 July interviews with Leila Saiji Joudane, assistant representative of the UNFPA in Tunisia, related to the work of the UNFPA CO in the field of human rights and support given to civil society to strengthen and promote youth and women commitment in public life. Watch in Arabic: Hannibal TV and TNT
TURKEY: Hurriyet Daily News reported on 11 July on World Population Day, noting that the world population is nearing seven billion. "The number sounds high, but it is not something that we should be scared of," said UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director Thea Fierens. "Instead we should really concentrate on how to build better opportunities for that many [7 billion] people to live in." According to Ms. Fierens, even though having more children is promoted, Turkey's population is in decline "People are more educated and they have children when they are ready," she said. Read: Hurriyet Daily News
TURKMENISTAN: Neutral Turkmenistan reported 11 July on Turkmenistan and UNFPA cooperation on the occasion of the World Population Day. The article described UNFPA’s work with the national partners in Turkmenistan in the area of reproductive health and rights, population and development, gender equality and youth. UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin was quoted on opportunity and responsibility to invest in the world’s 1.8 billion adolescents and youth aged 10 to 24, as they constitute more than a quarter of the world's population. A better future can be built for all generation if a country more actively engages women and young people.
UGANDA: New Vision reported on 13 July on remarks by President Yoweri Museveni that were presented by third Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali at, "Uganda at 33 million; time to act,” an event organised by the Population Secretariat and UNFPA. Uganda'S high fertility rate is affecting women's contribution to national development, President Yoweri Museveni has said. "An average of seven children per woman in the reproductive age bracket is high. Our mothers and sisters need ample time to engage in income-generating activities," said President Museveni in the statement.
The Observer on 11 July published an op-ed by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. “On October 31, 2011, the world population will reach seven billion, according to the United Nations Population Division. This global milestone presents a challenge, an opportunity, and a call to action. Whether we can live together on a healthy planet will depend on the choices that we make now. Therefore, today, on World Population Day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is launching a global campaign called 7 Billion Actions to create a more just and sustainable world.”Read in English: The Observer
UNITED STATES: Ms. reported on 11 July that in honor of World Population Day, UNFPA, together with National Geographic, IBM, and SAP, launched the 7 Billion Actions Campaign, which will run through 31 October, when the world population is expected to exceed seven billion. The campaign seeks to educate people concerns related to the growing population. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA stated, "Whether we can live together on a healthy planet will depend on the decisions we make now. The date we reach the next billion-and the ones after that-depends on policy and funding decisions made now about maternal and child health care, access to voluntary family planning, girls' education, and expanded opportunities for women and young people." Read: Ms.
The Huffington Post published a blog on 12 July by Ashley Judd to mark World Population Day. She wrote, on World Population Day, the United Nations Population Fund officially launched 7 Billion Actions -- a campaign to raise awareness and action around our planet's growing population, which is set to reach 7 billion later this year. The campaign is a wake-up call to the health, environmental, and social challenges associated with rapid population growth. It is also a wake-up call to the importance of voluntary family planning.” Read: The Huffington Post
UZBEKISTAN: Multiple news outlets reported on 11 July on the celebration of World Population Day in Uzbekistan. On 8 July, UNFPA and the Women’s Committee held an outdoor event at one of Tashkent’s parks. The event featured a marathon among women-activists and charitable chalk drawing contest among orphan kids. Participants were awarded with souvenirs. The event was aimed at highlighting the launch of a global campaign “The World at Seven Billion,” and once again drawing public attention around the issues of population and development and, in particular, UNFPA’s cooperation with the government of Uzbekistan in the areas of advancing sexual and reproductive health. Read: UzReport, UzDaily. Read in Russian: UzReport and UzDaily
VIET NAM: Multiple media outlets reported on 11-12 July that at a press conference organized in Hanoi on 11 July to commemorate the 2011 World Population Day, the Ministry of Health and the UNFPA in Viet Nam launched a national campaign called "7 Billion Actions" to draw attention throughout the year to the significance of the world population reaching seven billion by the end of October. Data from the 2009 Census shows that Viet Nam has entered a ‘demographic dividend’ period, recording the highest proportional level of young people in Viet Nam’s history. "As a middle-income country increasingly integrated into the world economy, Viet Nam will be able to take advantage of new opportunities, while at the same time having to deal with a range of emerging challenges. The sex ratio at birth imbalance, population ageing and access to sexual and reproductive health services for young people are some of the emerging population issues that need to be addressed now and in the coming years. The ICPD Programme of Action to which Viet Nam is committed offers an ideal framework to address these challenges," said Mandeep Janeja, Acting UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam. Read in English: VOV, Viet Nam News 1, Viet Nam News 2, Viet Nam Plus. Read in Vietnamese: Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi, Bao Dien tu Chinh Phu, Tien Phong, Lao Dong, Nguoi Lao Dong, Thanh Tra, Dang Cong San, VTV, Dan Tri, Lao Dong Thu Do, Viet Nam net, Quan Doi Nhan Dan
YEMEN: Multiple media outlets reported on 11-4 July on World Population Day. Coverage highlighted an event organized by the National Population Council and UNFPA, as well as the “7 million Actions” campaign. UNFPA officials, including Representative Marc Vandenberghe, and Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin were widely quoted. Read: Yemen Times. Read in Arabic: Saba and Al Thawra
ZAMBIA: The Post reported on 12 July that UNFPA said investing in young people would ensure that they are equipped to be a powerful force for Zambia’s future economic growth and prosperity. UNFPA representative Dual Owusu-Sarfo said each and every adolescent deserved to grow up healthy, free of hunger, with access to education and prospects for employment. “Investments and improvements in health, especially sexual and reproductive health, as well as education education and tertiary will ensure that youths are equipped to be powerful force for Zambia’s future economic growth and prosperity,” Sarfo said. Read: The Post
The Lusaka Times reported on 11 July that UNFPA says Zambia needs to work hard to ensure that the country’s population growth tallies with the growth of the economy. UNFPA country representative Duah Owusu- Sarfo said that the economy is expected to triple more than the growth of the population as this is key in fighting poverty but that this has not been the case for Zambia which has its annual economic growth standing at about 6 per cent per year. He made the remark at a press conference marking World Population Day in Zambia. Read: The Lusaka Times
The Himalayan Times reported on 15 July that Nepal has been rated third in position with regard to child marriage incidents in the South Asia. According to a statistics made public by UNFPA in Nepal in 2003, 60 per cent adolescent girls in Nepal do marriage before 18. Likewise, a study commissioned by the government in 2006 reveals that one third adolescent girls at age class 15-19 are in marital status. Read: The Himalayan Times
The Himalayan Times reported on 4 July that the Ministry of Health and Population has drafted the 20-year population plan to reduce population growth rate to 2.1 percent from the current rate of 2.3 percent by 2017. Krishna Lamsal, chief of the Population Division, was quoted by the daily as saying that the government formulated the PPP keeping "population" as the main component in the strategic plan as it is inter-related to other components like health, education and poverty. "The 20-year PPP will help policy planners increase understand population and gender issues," said the chief. UNFPA has supported the plan, he said.
eKantipur published an op-ed on 4 July by Dr. Alka Singh on the global Campaign to End Fistula, which was launched in the year 2003 by UNFPA and partners aiming to eliminate obstetric fistula by 2015 through prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. This drive is part of the efforts to achieve MDG 5, which is to improve maternal health. Patan Hospital, located in the heart of Lalitpur, is one of the pioneers in fistula surgery in Nepal and has become a referral centre for fistula patients. In the last one year, two fistula camps have already been conducted in the hospital sponsored by UNFPA, in association with Women Rehabilitation Centre. Read: eKantipur
Xinhua and The Himalayan Times reported on 3 July that after the cabinet endorsed the Population Perspective Plan (PPP), the Nepali government readied a plan to manage the population in 72 districts this year. The Ministry of Health and Population has drafted the 20-year population plan to reduce the population growth rate to 2.1 per cent from the current rate of 2.3 per cent by 2017. Krishna Lamsal, chief of the Population Division, was quoted by the daily as saying that the government formulated the PPP keeping "population" as the main component in the strategic plan as it is inter-related to other components like health, education and poverty. "The 20-year PPP will help policy planners increase understand population and gender issues," said the chief. UNFPA has supported the plan, he said.
BBC2 (UK) reported on 22 June that a major report into the state of midwifery has found that traditional birth attendants alone will not stop women and babies dying. The three-year training course midwives undertake equips them with the skills to help save lives. And training just 112,000 new midwives could save the lives of 3.6 million mothers and babies by 2015. The UNFPA report says that this relatively low number of new midwives could have a big impact. But their presence in the community has to be supported with medical equipment and access to trained medical teams if there is a real emergency – like when a caesarean section or blood transfusion is needed. Read and Listen: BBC2
Associated Press (US) reported on 20 June that in Ethiopia, only 6 per cent of births are attended by a doctor, nurse or midwife. In Niger, many women have more pregnancies than is safe. In Botswana, the AIDS virus is linked to almost 80 per cent of maternal deaths. According to a UNFPA study, more and better trained midwives could help save millions of lives in these and scores of other countries with high mother and newborn death rates. Read: Associated Press
The Guardian (UK) reported on 20 June that the The State of the World's Midwifery 2011 report, launched at a meeting of the international confederation of midwives in Durban, South Africa, confirms a significant gap between the number of midwives practising and those needed to save lives. "The report points to an urgent need to train more health workers with midwifery skills and ensure equitable access to their life-saving services in communities to improve the health of women and children," said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA, which released the report. Read: The Guardian
IRIN reported on 20 June that up to 3.6 million maternal and child deaths could be avoided each year if midwifery services were upgraded, according to a new report released by UNFPA and partners at a conference in Durban, South Africa. "Public health advisors and practitioners are not relying on the key health professional that can improve maternal mortality - the midwife," said Vincent Fauveau, Senior Maternal Health Advisor with UNFPA, who led the drafting of the report. Read: IRIN
UN News Centre reported on 20 June that Up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year in 58 developing countries if midwifery services are upgraded, according to a report released by UNFPA and partners. Read: UN News Centre
UN Radio reported on 20 June that midwives are playing a major role in preventing mother to baby transmission of HIV, according to UNFPA. HIV and AIDS have been responsible for the majority of maternal and newborn deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a new report on the State of the World’s Midwifery 2011, released the agency is calling for the scaling up of midwifery service around the globe. Vincent Faveau, the UNFPA senior maternal health advisor said, “Currently less than half of all pregnant women in the world have access to a professional midwife. If 95 per cent of the pregnant women had access to a professional midwife, well equipped and authorized to perform these life saving and preventative measures, that would make a big difference in the AIDS epidemic in the world.” Read and Listen: UN Radio and in Spanish: UN Radio
VOA (US) reported on 20 June that The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 was released in Durban, South Africa, at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives. It says because of a lack of midwives, nearly 360,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth each year; about two million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life; and over two and a half million infants are stillborn. “Midwives are very important because they provide services throughout the childbearing years of a woman. So, they cover all the needs that exist in families for reproductive health, for education, family planning, obviously everything to do with pregnancy and childbirth and, generally, sexual and reproductive health issues,” said Petra ten Hoope, midwifery adviser and a main author of the report. Read: VOA
AFRICA: Panapress reported on 20 June that the city of Durban welcomed the launch of the first report on the current state of midwifery practice around the world, through new data collected in 58 countries representing all regions and to help strengthen the practice of midwifery throughout the world. The State of the World’s Midwives 2011 was launched at a press conference by the Undersecretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, in the presence of President of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Bridget Lynch. Read in French: Panapress
SAPA reported on 20 June that a report presented during a midwives' conference in Durban paints a gloomy picture about the state of midwifery in 58 developing countries. Up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year in these countries if midwifery services were upgraded. The report was compiled by UNFPA and partners presented during the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban. Read: SAPA
LATIN AMERICA: Reuters and EFE reported on 21 June on the release of the State of the World’s midwives 2011, and on remarks by UNFPA officials, including Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin at the World Congress of Midwives. Read in Spanish: EFE and Reuters
ARMENIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 21 June on the launch of The State of the World's Midwifery 2011, at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) underway in Durban, South Africa. The report unveils new data confirming there is a significant gap between the number of midwives practicing and those needed to save lives. Read: Tert.am, Armtown. Read in Armenian: Tert.am and News.am
AUSTRALIA: Radio Australia reported on 20 June that up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year in 58 developing countries if midwifery services are upgraded, according to a United Nations report. The State of the World's Midwifery 2011 report, released by UNFPA and partner, says that 350,000 more midwives are still needed globally. The article included an interview with Della Sherrat, UNFPA's international coordinator for skilled birth attendants in Laos, who discussed maternal health and the role and need for skilled attendants in Laos and throughout Asia. Read: Radio Australia
BANGLADESH: Multiple media outlets published on 20 June an op-ed by UNFPA Representative Arthur Erken marking the release of “the State of the World’s Midwifery 2011.” Mr. Erken wrote, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina committed during the MDG Summit in September 2010 in New York to “doubling the per centage of births attended by a skilled health worker by 2015 through training an additional 3,000 midwives, staffing all 427 sub-district health centres to provide round-the-clock midwifery services, and upgrading all 59 district hospitals and 70 Mother and Child Welfare Centres as centres of excellence for emergency obstetric care services”. This commitment is highly laudable and will tremendously help in achieving further reductions in maternal mortality and morbidity to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 5 by 2015. To operationalise this strategic direction of the Honorable Prime Minister, the Government of Bangladesh, with the support from UNFPA and the WHO, initiated a midwifery education programme in alignment with international and national standards to produce midwives with the required competencies.” Read: Daily Sun
BdNews24 reported on 20 June that a report presented during a midwives' conference in Durban paints a gloomy picture about the state of midwifery in 58 developing countries. Up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year in these countries if midwifery services were upgraded. The report was compiled by UNFPA and partners and presented during the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban. Read: BdNews24
BdNews24 reported on 20 June on the opening of the international congress of midwives. Midwives from across the globe walked five kilometres along the Durban waterfront a day prior to the opening of the congress, to send the message across that "the world needs more midwives now than ever to save mothers.” UNFPA, which supports midwifery development, observes that competent midwives are cost-effective solution to cut maternal deaths. "But the point is midwives have to be supervised. Supervision is extremely important," a UNFPA coordinator for midwifery programme said earlier. Read: BdNews24
BELARUS: Interfax reported on 24 June that according to the World Health Organization there are not enough birth attendants in the world. 358,000 women and 3.6 million children die annually from pre- and post-natal complications, which can be prevented, states the Midwifery report. The whole report bears the idea of necessity to strengthen midwifery services in the world. The report is prepared on request of UNFPA and was presented on the International Midwifery Confederation Congress, which is held every three years. Read in Russian: Interfax
BRAZIL: Agencia Brasil reported on 20 June that nearly 3.6 million deaths could be prevented each year with appropriate child delivery care, indicated a report launched by UNFPA in South Africa, during an international event with midwives. The UN agency has evaluated the care provided to pregnant women and newborns in 58 countries accounting for 60 per cent of births worldwide and more than 90 per cent of maternal mortality. The report showed an overall deficit of 350,000 midwives worldwide. The organization warned that 38 countries surveyed must dramatically increase the number of midwives if they want to achieve the MDG target of 95 per cent of deliveries with skilled attendance by 2015. Read in Portuguese: Agencia Brasil
CAMBODIA: Phnom Penh Post reported on 21 June that Cambodia must increase the number of midwives working in the Kingdom in order to meet a goal of having 95 per cent of births supervised by a skilled birth attendant by 2015, according to a report released on 20 June. The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 report, released by UNFPA and partners, found that an estimated 567 more midwives were needed in Cambodia to meet a projected Millennium Development Goal target of 2,481. Cambodia is one of 38 countries facing a “severe shortage” of midwives, with an average of six midwives per 1,000 live births, the report stated. The maternal mortality rate is 290 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to 2008 data. Read: Phnom Penh Post
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): DRTV, MNTV, Congo-site, Canal Benedictions and Radio-Congo reported on 21 June on a press conference held by UNFPA Representative David Lawson and Midwife Order President Adrienne Beatrice Guekele. Mr. Lawson presented the contents of the report, emphasizing the point that midwives not only give birth but also save life. 350,000 additional midwives are needed worldwide, as many as women are dying giving birth. Recalling the advocacy for government-initiated midwifery on the occasion of International Midwife Day 2011, he said, "In Congo midwives are an integral and strategic element to reduce maternal mortality, including through implementing free C-section. We need more midwives, better distributed in the country, and UNFPA is support the government efforts in this regard, but we also need a well structured Midwife National Order, more professionalism, dedication and commitment by midwives to saving lives." Ms. Guekele agreed that more training was necessary and support by UNFPA was welcome. Read in French: Congo-site
DENMARK: U-landsnyt.dk and Politiken reported on 20 and 21 June on the release of the midwifery report on 20 June, focusing on the shortage of midwives in 38 countries. The article noted that UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said that the report exposes the urgent need to train more health workers to assist during pregnancy and childbirth and to ensure equal access to their services in local communities. It will improve women's and children's health. Read in Danish: Politiken and U-Landsnyt
ECUADOR: Andes reported on 20 June that a new report by UNFPA estimated that the deficit amounted to 350,000 midwives in 58 countries worldwide. Read in Spanish: Andes
FRANCE: Radio France International broadcast on 23 June a two-part discussion featuring Vincent Fauveau, Maternal Health Adviser, UNFPA, and coordinator of the State of the World’s Midwifery Report; Luc de Bernis, Senior Maternal Health Adviser, UNFPA; and Frédérique Teurnier, President of the (French) College of Midwives. The discussion addressed the report and work in countries with high maternal mortality. Read and listen in French: RFI and RFI
La Croix reported on 20 June that a UNFPA report focused on the “irreplaceable role of midwives against pregnancy-related mortality.” 58 countries representing close to six births in ten comprise the heart of the problem: only 17 per cent of midwives are practicing there. Read in French: La Croix
AFP reported on 20 June that close to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year in 58 developing countries if midwifery services are strengthened by 2015, according to a new report by UNFPA.
GERMANY: Saarland reported on 20 June that the 58 countries, which represent 60 per cent of all births worldwide, represent 17 per cent of all active midwives. This lack of professional birth attendance is one of the main reasons that these countries account for about 90 percent of all cases of maternal mortality and 80 percent of all stillbirths. In the State of the World's Midwifery 2011 UNFPA examines the situation of midwives in 58 developing countries. In order to achieve MDG5, reducing maternal mortality by three quarters by the year 2015, about 350,000 additional midwives must be trained in the world. Particularly dramatic is the need for obstetricians in sub-Saharan Africa - the region with the highest maternal mortality worldwide. For example, there are in Sierra Leone at 221,000 births per year, only 111 midwives. Read in German: Saarland
INDIA: Hindustan Times reported on 23 June that a major report released by UNFPA has revealed that up to 3.6 million lives could be saved every year if midwifery services were upgraded in 58 developing countries by 2015. The State of the World's Midwifery 2011 revealed new data confirming there is a significant gap between the numbers of midwives practising and those needed to save lives. "We collected completely new data on the midwifery workforces in 58 'resource poor' countries where nearly 60 per cent of the world's babies are born. What we found were three huge gaps,” said Southampton statistician and social scientist Zoe Matthews. "First, there are not enough midwives. Second, women often cannot access care. Third, and most crucially, there is an urgent need to upgrade midwives' competencies in places where education, regulation and support for the profession are not strong,” added Prof. Matthews. "The report points to an urgent need to train more health workers with midwifery skills and ensure equitable access to their life-saving services in communities to improve the health of women and children," said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA.
The Indian Express reported on 21 June that according to the State of the World Midwifery 2011, a report by UNFPA, in India “ensuring availability of human resources for skilled attendance at birth in remote areas remains a challenge. In some regions the majority of midwifery services are provided by auxiliary nurse midwives, who lack full set of competencies.” Read: The Indian Express
ABC Live reported on 20 June that UNFPA’s first report on the state of midwifery was launched at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban, South Africa. The report highlights the critical role that midwives play in improving maternal and newborn health and survival and the shortage of skilled midwives in many low-income countries, stressing the need to train and deploy more midwives in all parts of a country - especially remote and rural areas. Read: ABC Live
MALAWI: The Guardian (UK) reported on 20 June that an innovative UNFPA report, The State of the World's Midwifery, focuses much needed attention on service providers, and will help to achieve MDGs 4 and 5. A recent paper on maternal health staff in a district referral hospital in Malawi concluded that burnout appears to be common among those providing antenatal, delivery and postnatal health services. Read: The Guardian
MÉXICO: Multiple media outlets reported on 20 and 21 June on the release of the State of the World's Midwifery. In Mexico, over 1,000 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth as a result of a lack of access to skilled care, including midwives. This was reported by UNFPA Representative Diego Palacios, Patricia Veloz, Director ocf the National Centre for Gender Equality and Health, the Health Secretariat (SSA), and Maricruz Coronado, CEO of the Civil Association For Adolescents Centre San Miguel Allende, the first training school for midwives. Read in Spanish: Vanguardia, El Mercurio, La Jornada and Once TV
MOZAMBIQUE: Notícias reported on 23 June that a new UNFPA report says that births assisted by skilled professionals could save millions of lives in the world. According to the State of the World’s Midwifery-2011, if by 2015 midwifery services were upgraded in 58 countries maternal and child mortality rates would drop significantly.
NEPAL: Republica reported on 21 and 24 June on the release of the State of the World’s Midwifery report and the International Congress of Midwives, focusing on midwifery in Afghanistan, and quoting Geeta Lal, coordinator of the midwives programme at UNFPA, who cited Afghanistan as “one of the most successful countries in midwifery.” The coverage also included an interview with report coordinator Vincent Fauveau. Read: Republica and Republica
PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets reported on 21 June on The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011, released by UNFPA and other international organizations. "This report highlights the urgent need to train more health workers with midwifery skills, and ensure equitable access to services in communities, to improve the health of women and children," said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA. Read in Spanish: Radio Nanduti, La Nacion and Radio Viva
SOUTH AFRICA: The Times reported on 20 June that a report presented during a midwives' conference in Durban has painted a gloomy picture about the state of midwifery in 58 countries. Up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year in 58 developing countries if midwifery services were upgraded, it said. The report was compiled by UNFPA and partners and presented during the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban. The study surveyed 58 developing countries and found that 38 of them were in dire need of more midwives. The 38 countries will not meet their MDG5 targets without 112,000 more midwives, the reports stated. In the report's foreword, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges countries to take bold steps to improve midwifery. Read: The Times
SWAZILAND: The Swazi Observer reported on 22 June that the first ever midwifery report was launched at the ongoing International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) congress in Durban. Coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the report contains alarming statistics on how pregnant women and babies die all over the world because they do not have access to health facilities or qualified health professionals. Read: The Swazi Observer
The Swazi Observer reported on 21 June that midwives from over 100 countries were in Durban to attend the International Confederation of Midwives congress. Swazi midwives and a team of academics from the University of Swaziland are also participating in the congress. About 3000 delegates were participating in this mega event, whose major sponsors are Johnson & Johnson, UNFPA and other organizations. Prior to the official opening of the Congress, over 1,000 midwives participated in a 5km walk that began at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and ended at the U-Shaka Marine world, was aimed at drawing people’s attention to the important role played by midwives in societies. The article noted that UNFPA is clear in recommendations made in the report concerning midwifery by urging that: governments must recognize midwifery as a distinct profession, core to the provision of maternal and newborn health services and promote it as a career with posts at the national policy level; ensure that midwifery and midwives are specified in costed maternal and newborn health plans and aligned with human resources for health plans; ensure adequate availability and distribution of emergency obstetric and newborn care facilities, including midwife led units of care; and invest in human resource management to develop and maintain competencies, manage entries and exits, and improve data on the practising midwifery workforce. Read: The Swazi Observer
SWEDEN: Sveriges Radio reported on 20 June on the release of The State of the World’s Midwifery Report in their national news broadcast as well as on their website. The lead message was the lack of hundred thousand midwives in the world. A Swedish midwife, Ms. Anna af Ugglas, who works for UNFPA in Bangladesh, said “we can only gain from providing women with as much skilled attendance, support and help as possible during pregnancy and birth.” Read in Swedish: Sveriges Radio
Sveriges Radio Studio Ett, reported on 20 June on the lack of midwives in the developing world. Swedish UNFPA midwife Ms. Kristina Castell, who works in Nepal, was interviewed live from the midwifery congress in Durban. “The fact that this is not prioritized enough is closely linked to women’s low status,” she said, describing the situation in Nepal where the maternal death rate is high and access to midwives low, especially in rural areas. Mr. Anders Molin, Health Advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) also participated in the programme.Sveriges Radio
Sydsvenskan, reported on 21 June on the midwifery report, including a full-page interview with Swedish midwife Anna af Ugglas, who works with UNFPA in Bangladesh. She said the situation is improving in Bangladesh, but much still needs to be done. The country’s first 60 midwives graduated this year, but another 60,000 midwives are still needed, she said. “An educated midwife can for example identify risks at an early stage during pregnancy,” she said. “[A midwife] can support women to seek help in a clinic and deal with the most urgent complications.”
TANZANIA: The Citizen reported on 25 June on the launch of the State of the World’s Midwives, citing examples of shortage of midwives in the East African region but mostly Tanzania, which has the lowest ration in the region.
UNITED STATES: Ms. reported on 21 June that The State of the World's Midwifery 2001, a report released yesterday by UNFPA, indicates that if midwifery services were improved by 2015, approximately 3.6 million lives could be saved each year. The report underscores the current disparity between the number of midwives currently practicing and the number needed to reduce infant and maternal mortality. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA, stated, "The report points to an urgent need to train more health workers with midwifery skills and ensure equitable access to their life-saving services in communities to improve the health of women and children." Read: Ms.
Mother Jones reported on 20 June that increased access to and training for midwives in developing countries could save millions of lives every year, according to a new report that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) issued Monday. Improved access to professional midwives could save 3.6 million lives in 58 developing countries by 2015, the report concludes. Read: Mother Jones
UZBEKISTAN: UzReport reported on 21 June that some 24,000 midwives play a key role in delivering antenatal care and assisting physicians during delivery in Uzbekistan. However, the division of responsibilities and tasks between obstetricians and midwives during delivery is sometimes unclear and presents a challenge in the work environment, according to the midwifery report. Problems, such as gaps in the training of midwives and lack of funding, persist. UNFPA is supporting the government by sharing good practices and providing international expertise on maternal health standards. "I think the government has made maternal health a major priority," said UNFPA Representative, Karl Kulessa. "The President has stressed that MDG5, on maternal health, is a big priority in this country, and we're working very closely with the government in realizing it."
UzReport reported on 20 June that the first State of the World's Midwifery report confirms the critical role midwives play in improving maternal and newborn health and survival. It highlights the shortage of skilled midwives in many low-income countries, stressing the need to train and deploy more midwives in all parts of a country - especially remote and rural areas. The report, commissioned and coordinated by UNFPA, was launched at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban, South Africa on 20 June. Read: UzReport
The Himalayan Times and Republica reported on 27 and 29 May that UNFPA, in association with Women Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), sponsored a campaign against fistula at the Patan Hospital from 16 -20 May. The campaign was aimed at building awareness, identifying causes, facilitating treatment plus the rehabilitation, reintegration and prevention of fistula. While UNFPA provided training to health workers and doctors on obstetric fistula surgery, Patan Hospital provided facilitating treatment during the camp. Read: The Himalayan Times
UN News Centre reported on 5 May that United Nations officials hailed the significant impact of midwives on the health of women and newborns, and called for greater investments to ensure their life-saving services are available to all who need them around the world. “Midwives deliver – and not only babies,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA. “They save lives and promote good health in societies as a whole. They are an essential workforce in an effective health-care system.”
In a statement to mark the day, Dr. Osotimehin noted that more than one in three women in developing countries give birth alone, and in some of the poorest countries, as few as 13 per cent of all deliveries are assisted by a midwife or a health worker with midwifery skills. Read: UN News Centre
AFGHANISTAN: Xinhua reported on 5 May on the International Day of the Midwife in a story focusing on midwifery in Afghanistan. "Nearly 70 per cent of women dying from pregnancy related problems in my province due to the limited access to health centres and professional midwives," Afghan midwife Fatima Hamdard said. The article continued to cover UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin’s statement marking the day. "More than one in three women in developing countries give birth alone -- or with only relatives to oversee what is one of the most dangerous passage they will ever undergo," said Babatunde Osotimehin. Read: Xinhua
BANGLADESH: BDNews24 reported on 5 and 7 May on an effort to increase the number of trained midwives in the country. UNFPA Bangladesh representative Arthur Erken said midwives were an essential workforce in an effectively functioning health care system and the best way forward to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths. UNFPA is supporting the pilot programme in three districts – Munshiganj, Mymensingh and Chittagong – in the country. Read: BDNews24 and BDNews24
The Daily Star reported on 5 May that Bangladesh observed International Day of the Midwife and that Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, gave a statement marking the day. The statement said more than one in three women in developing countries gives birth alone or with only relatives. Read: The Daily Star
The New Age reported on 5 May that, with the country still heavily relying on community skilled birth attendants who lack the skill and the authority to perform complicated deliveries, and with one in 500 women dying during childbirth, Bangladesh, like other countries of the world, will today observe International Day of the Midwife. In Bangladesh, where more than 75 per cent of deliveries take place at home, it is imperative to improve the situation through the training of more midwives, according to UNFPA.
Although the number of women giving birth in medical facilities in Bangladesh has more than doubled, from 9 per cent in 2001 to 23 per cent in 2010, more than 75 per cent of deliveries still take place at home. Read: The New Age
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets published on 4 and 5 May the full statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, on the occasion of the International Day of the Midwife. Read in Bosnian: Sutra and Ljiljan
CHAD: Radio Chad reported on 5 May on a conference panel organized by the Chadian Association of Midwives, with the support of UNFPA, to mark the International Day of the Midwife and on UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotomehin’s statement on the day. During the conference, presentations followed by discussions were made on the role of midwives in reducing maternal death, the analysis of their situation in Chad and the need for their redeployment in the light of their uneven distribution in the territory.
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Tele-Congo, les Depeches de Brazzaville and Radio Pointe Noire reported on 7 May on the celebration of the International Day of the Midwife in Pointe Noire, which was organized jointly by the Inter-provincial Midwives Order and UNFPA. UNFPA Representative David Lawson called on the government to take the necessary measures and budget to enhance the professional standards and training for midwifery. He also indicated that UNFPA would support the participation of Congolese midwives at the upcoming Durban Conference of midwives. Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville
Congo-site, DRTV, TV-Congo, Depeches de Brazzaville reported on 6 May on the celebration in Brazzaville of the International Midwives Day by the National Midwives Order, the Health Ministry, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO on the role of midwives in achieving MDG 4, 5 and 6. CARMMA Ambassador Senator Philomene Fouty-Soungou and UNFPA Representative David Lawson led a march of midwives. Read in French: Congo-Site and Les Depeches de Brazzaville
DRTV, TV Congo, Radio Congo, TV+, Canal Benediction broadcasted on 5 May the message of UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, delivered by UNFPA Resident Representative, David Lawson, on the occasion of International Midwife Day.
COSTA RICA: La Teja reported on May 5 on a celebration held to mark the International Day of the Midwife. UNFPA recognized the work of the midwives as it noted that many women continue to give birth without the skilled assistance they provide.
GUINEA-CONAKRY: Guinee24 reported on 5 May that UNFPA-Guinea, through the foundation of the First Lady of the Republic, Conde Djen, offered over 30 million Guinean francs worth of medical equipment for delivery to the Health Centre Yimbaya and the premium midwives who have contributed more to save lives of women and babies. Read in French: Guinee 24
GUYANA: Kaieteur News reported on 5 May that, with a firm commitment to ensure the safety of both women and children during pregnancy and delivery, midwives drawn from across the country gathered at the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown, on 4 May to celebrate International Day of the Midwife, one day ahead of the designated day. The event was held under the theme, “The world needs midwives now…more than ever.” The local observance was preceded by a march which commenced at the Ministry of Health’s Brickdam Office and culminated at the Umana Yana where the health workers gathered to reflect on the work of midwives. Yesterday’s event also featured addresses by Director of Maternal and Child Health within the Ministry of Health, Dr. Janice Woolford, and UNFPA Technical Specialist, Derven Patrick. The commemorative activities were later taken to the Aracari Resort at Versailles, West Bank Demerara, for a forum which saw the role of the midwife being highlighted in-depth by UNFPA Midwife Adviser Mandy La Fleur. Read: Kaieteur News
IRAN: Tehran Times featured an interview on 7 May with Mehmet Hulki Uz, the UNFPA representative in Tehran, who said that Iran has succeeded in reducing maternal death by 80 per cent within 18 years. In addition, “Now in Iran 97 per cent of deliveries are being achieved safely,” he said. The interview was published as the Iranian Health Ministry marked the International Day of the Midwife. Read: Tehran Times
Etelaat News, Salamat and Fars reported on 4 and 5 May on International Day of the Midwife, noting that reducing maternal mortality and boosting maternal health are among the chief concerns of the country’s health system today. Iran succeeded in reducing its maternal mortality rate by 80 per cent over the course of 18 years, from 1990-2008. According to Mehmet Hulki Uz, UNFPA Representative in Iran, the country has made some momentous progress in maternal health, but 420 women still die each year because of pregnancy related causes – that’s more than one Iranian woman a day. UNFPA is working with the Ministry of Health to help reduce the country’s maternal mortality rate further: 80-90 per cent of maternal deaths can be avoided by strengthening the role of midwives. Midwives help make the health system more efficient because they can consult at a community level and detect possible complications arising from pregnancy – at a third (on average) of the cost for a physician to do so, generating significant savings for the government. UNFPA advocates for doctors and midwives to form part of a “family practice” team in which midwives can offer community-level family planning and maternal health services and refer any issue beyond their sphere of competency to a doctor.
KENYA: The Nation reported on 4 May on the International Day of the Midwife, noting that UNFPA in its latest statistics notes that every day, 1,000 women die and 5,500 newborns die in the first week of life for lack of adequate medical care. Thirteen per cent of all deliveries are attended by a health worker with midwifery skills in poor countries, and UNFPA and the Kenya Medical Association say there is need to invest in building these skills. Read: The Nation
The Nairobi Star reported on 2 May that there is a global shortage of some 350,000 professional midwives, according to UNFPA. UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said as a result of the shortage, women and their newborn babies die from complications that would be prevented by a health worker with skills, the right equipment and support. He noted that more than one in three women in developing countries give birth alone or with the help of relatives. This, he said, is dangerous for women. Dr. Osotimehin said that in the poorest countries, as few as 13 per cent of all deliveries are assisted by a midwife or a health worker with skills. "Midwives are the unsung heroes of maternal and newborn health," said Dr. Osotimehin in a statement released ahead of the International Day of the Midwife to be marked on 5 May. He underscored the need for countries to invest in human resources for health. He added that 1,000 women die daily and 5,500 newborns die in the first week of life for lack of adequate medical care. Read: The Nairobi Star
PAKISTAN: The Nation reported on 6 May that Parliamentary Health Secretary Saeed Elahi has said that the uplifting of the health sector and welfare of the people associated with it was the top priority of the government. Addressing a seminar arranged with the cooperation of the Punjab Health Department, UNICEF and UNFPA on the occasion of International Midwives Day, he said that the government was paying special attention to the health of women and children. Read: The Nation
PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets reported on 4-6 May on International Day of the Midwife. Articles highlighted the fact that, in Paraguay three out of ten births are attended by midwives. They also reported on the message from the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who said, “Midwives, not only offer services, but are also who attend births, save lives and promote the health of women and societies as a whole. They are an essential part of any personal health system.” Read in Spanish: ABC, Vanguardia and La Nacion
SRI LANKA: Ceylon Daily News reported on 5 May on International Day of the Midwife, noting that in Sri Lanka, public health midwives have been a cornerstone in reducing maternal deaths and improving the health of mothers and their newborns. "Sri Lanka's investments in improving maternal health are exemplary. By applying the right policies and making the right investments to increase skilled attendance at birth along with increased access to family planning and emergency obstetric care, Sri Lanka has shown that maternal deaths can be reduced even prior to attaining high levels of economic development. UNFPA is also proud to be part of these achievements" said UNFPA Representative Lene Christiansen. Read: Ceylon Daily News
SUDAN: Sudan Vision and Al Sahafa reported on 5 May on the International Day of the Midwife. In a fullpage of coverage, Sudan Vision included the message of UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA messages on the event and an article on midwifery and maternal health highlighting the support of UNFPA to the national efforts of reducing maternal mortalities and improving women’s health. Read: Al Sahafa, Sudan Vision Daily (a) and Sudan Vision Daily (b)
Multiple media outlets also reported on 3-7 May on events marking the International Day of the Midwife in Juba, beginning with the establishment of the first Nurses and Midwives Association of Southern Sudan, which brought together nurses and midwives from all ten states in South Sudan. Coverage also marked the launch of the Month of the Midwife, which began on the day. Events included a march and rally in support of midwives on 5 May, the broadcast of a UNFPA-produced documentary on midwifery in Southern Sudan and interviews, panel discussions and statements featuring multiple UNFPA officials. A South Sudan TV talkshow featured UNFPA Head of Office Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, along with Janet Michael of the Ministry of Health of GOSS and Petronella Wawa, Principal of the UNFPA-supported Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery. Read: Gurtong and Sudan Tribune
SWAZILAND: The Swazi Observer reported on 6 May that UNFPA Country Director Dr. Hassan Mohtashami said the current number of midwives in the country should be increased in each local hospital. Currently there are slightly over 1,200 midwives in Swaziland, disclosed chief nursing officer Thembsile Khumalo. Dr. Mohtashami said midwives were a critical attribute of human resources for maternal health because they simply could make a difference between life and death. “Even though recent reports by the UN show a decline in deaths during pregnancy and childbirth of 34 per cent, the annual rate of decline is less than half of what is required to achieve the MDGs,” he said. Read: The Swazi Observer
The Swazi Observer reported on 6 May on the International Day of the Midwife, as UNFPA country Director Dr. Hassan Mohtashami said the current number of midwives in the country should be increased in each local hospital. Currently there are slightly over 1,200 midwives in Swaziland, disclosed chief nursing officer Thembsile Khumalo. Read: The Swazi Observer
The Times of Swaziland reported on 6 May that the frequency of pregnancy within a short space of time is a major concern to midwives in the country. According to the midwives, this has greatly contributed to the high maternal mortality rate. They attributed this to the lack of access to family planning services, as the level of contraceptive use for married women in the country currently stands at 51 per cent. The midwives revealed this during the commemoration of the International Day of the Midwife, which was held at the Royal Villas on 5 May. They said there was a need to consider health education as a key for behaviour change. UNFPA Representative Hassan Mohtashami said midwives were a critical human resource for maternal health because they are skilled birth attendants. He said the country needs to train skilled attendants who can make a substantive contribution to the reduction of maternal mortality. "Rural women may be illiterate, but can be trained as skilled attendants," Dr. Mohtashami said. Read: The Times of Swaziland
The Swazi Observer reported on 4 May that Swaziland, with the support of UNFPA, was to join the world in the celebration of International Day of the Midwife. One of the critical elements for the attainment of the health outcomes, especially the MDG 5 target of 75 per cent reduction of maternal mortality, is human resources for health. That is why there has been increasing attention accorded to this component as part of the effort to strengthen health systems in developing countries. Sexual Reproductive Health Programme Manager Phumzile Mabuza said that improving maternal health calls for the expansion of the specific functions and or categories of midwifery personnel. “Midwives need to be equipped with knowledge and skills to improve the quality of care rendered to clients. This would ensure joyful childbirth prospect rather than misery for millions of women in the world,” she said. Read: The Swazi Observer
TANZANIA: The Citizen reported on 4 and 5 May on events commemorating International Day of the Midwife, including a march to celebrate the work of midwives, a statement by UNFPA on the day, profiles of UNFPA officials and midwives in the country, and calls for improved training for midwives in the country. “The World Health Organisation and other UN agencies as well as some global partners recognize the fact that midwives are key to achieving the goal to reduce in maternal and newborn deaths and disabilities globally,” said Rita Noronha, UNFPA health system programme specialist. Read: The Citizen
TIMOR-LESTE: Timor Post and Suara Timor Lorosae reported on 5- 6 May on the two-day, UNFPA-led celebration of the International Day of the Midwife. The event opened with an address from the President of Timor-Leste, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, who spoke on the important work of midwives in saving women’s and children’s lives, and called on men to be more engaged in family planning in order to preserve women’s health.
UGANDA: The Monitor reported on 6 May and published a statement by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Ostomehin marking the International Day of the Midwife. The growing shortage of midwives is contributing to Uganda's failure to end maternal and child deaths, the government has said. At least 2,000 additional midwives are required to provide skilled care during antenatal, delivery and postnatal care including providing family planning and immunisation services. Addressing journalists as part of yesterday's International Day of the Midwife, Health Minister Stephen Mallinga in a statement read for him by Assistant Commissioner for Health Promotion Paul Kagwa, explained that the shortage of midwives is affecting the quality of maternal and newborn care. Read: The Monitor and The Monitor
URUGUAY: Sociedad Uruguaya reported on 5 May on the celebration of the International Day of the Midwife. Read in Spanish: Sociedad Uruguaya
VIET NAM: Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi (Family and Society) reported on 5 May that on the occasion of the International Day of Midwife, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, commended the important work of midwives. “Midwives deliver – and not only babies. They save lives and promote good health in societies as a whole. They are an essential workforce in an effective healthcare system,” said Dr. Osotimehin. Read in Vietnamese: Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi
YEMEN: Naba news, Sahafanews and Bawabat al-Yemen published on 4 May the statement by Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA, on the occasion of theInternational Day of the Midwife. Read in Arabic: Naba News, Sahafa News and Bawabat al-Yemen
ZIMBABWE: The Standard reported on 8 May on statements by the International Confederation of Midwives marking the International Day of the Midwife, as well as calls by UNFPA and others to improve training and availability of midwives around the world.
EKantipur published an op-ed by Dr. Aruna Uprety on 23 March on efforts by the government and UN agencies to treat uterine prolapse, noting that UNFPA estimates 600,000 Nepali women suffer from prolapsed uterus. Read: EKantipur
IPS reported on 26 February that risk of sexual violence, limited access to education, and health issues such as HIV/AIDS and forced female genital mutilation/cutting are just a few of the obstacles adolescent girls face in developing countries, yet these girls are the key to the future and the eradication of poverty, according to experts at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). "Investing in the world's 1.2 billion adolescents in an imperative if we want to break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequality," said Richard Morgan, director of UNICEF's Division of Policy and Practice. Children "face grave vulnerabilities and grave challenges as they make the transition towards adulthood," he added. The U.N. Adolescent Girls Task Force, which organised a panel on the issue, is comprised of UNFPA, UNICEF, the newly-launched U.N. Women, and several other U.N. entities. Read: IPS
NEPAL: The Himalayan Times reported on 24 February that Nepal internationally launched the National Action Plan on implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security on the sidelines of the 55th Commission on the Status of Women in New York. NAP, which was formally launched nationally in Kathmandu on 17 February, was formulated along the lines of Resolutions 1325 and 1820 of the Security Council. The event, after which Nepal became the first country to adopt NAP to address the two resolutions, was co-organised by Nepali and Norwegian missions, UN Women and UNFPA. Read: The Himalayan Times
The Himalayan Times (Nepal) and Accra Daily Mail reported on 17 and 18 February that money sent home by economic migrants working in foreign countries exceeded $300 billion in 2010. This vast and growing tide of income needs to be safeguarded and channeled so that it does the most good for families and economies in the world’s poor nations, experts said at a two-day UNCTAD meeting titled “Maximising the development impact of remittances” on 14–15 February. Purnima Mane, Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA, said that women now outnumber men among economic migrants in the wealthy nations of Western Europe and North America. Although they tend to earn lower wages than their male counterparts, evidence indicates that they sent a higher proportion of their incomes home, and that they sent this money more dependably and more often. “Often they are the only contributors to family income,” she said, adding that there has been too little analysis of the relation between gender and remittances. Because of the frequency of these financial transfers, women migrants – and their children back home – are especially hurt by high transaction costs, she remarked. Read: The Himalayan Times and Accra Daily Mail
Kathmandu Post reported on 2 January that there have been many efforts from national and international levels to diminish violence against women. The White Ribbon Campaign, initiated in Canada in 1991, is an international movement driving the idea that if men have been defined as part of violence against women, men can and must be a part of the campaign to end the violence. Meanwhile, UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty, and to ensure that “every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.” Kathmandu Post
The Himalayan Times reported on 25 December that the National Statistical Institute (NSI) has organized a three-day training on poverty measurement in the capital, beginning on 25 December. The training, entitled “Poverty Estimation using National Population Census and Living Standards Measurement Survey Data” and supported by UNFPA and Nepal’s Government, aimed to focus on the theory developed by the World Bank for poverty measurement in developing countries and its practical aspects‚ the NSI said. Read: The Himalayan Times
Kathmandu Post reported on 24 November that a radio drama, entitled Katha Mitho Sarangiko, will be aired to tackle gender-based violence – including woman trafficking, dowry violence, male child preference, eve-teasing, backbiting against financially independent women and marital rape. It was also reported that the BBC World Service Trust, funded by DFID and latterly by UNFPA, has conducted similar campaign offering dramatic solutions for about 2.83 million listeners. Read: Kathmandu Post
IRIN reported on 27 October that the perception that women are only ever victims of conflict ignores the large numbers of female combatants, which can result in their exclusion from disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes. The UNFPA report, State of World Population 2010: From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change, released on 20 October 2010, acknowledges the role women play in forging peace, but cautions against the assumptions of women as nurturers and "natural peace-makers ... [choosing] non-violent solutions rather than conflict whenever possible.” Read: IRIN
IPS reported on 25 October on the week-long debate on the role of women in peace and security which coincides with the tenth anniversary of a landmark Security Council resolution 1325 calling for a key role for women in peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping operations and the State of World Population 2010 report. The report, “From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change" points out that feminists have often argued that women are natural peacemakers and would choose non-violent solutions rather than conflict, whenever possible. "Since ancient times, however, women have gone to war and the conflicts in contemporary times have involved many women, by choice or forced recruitment," it notes. The study, authored by the former New York Times U.N. Bureau Chief Barbara Crossette, said that ethnic conflict and nationalistic or class-related causes have drawn committed women into civil wars and sometimes terrorism. Read: IPS (25 October)
BANGLADESH: Multiple media outlets reported on 25-29 October that the government, represented by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, disputed demographic figures published in UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report, and questioned the sources used in the report. The minister said, "They (UNFPA) have made an unwarranted interference… I think they have prepared the report sitting at their New York office." In addition to specific disputes over the figures for the total population and maternal mortality ratio, the government questioned the sources used to generate UNFPA’s estimates, arguing that the most recent figures from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) were discounted. Read: Financial Express (29 October), Financial Express (28 October), Financial Express (27 October), Financial Express (26 October), BD News 24, Zee News
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: AFP reported on 30 October that in Bosnia, Association of Concentration Camp Torture Survivors founder Enisa Salcinovic’s campaign, along with that of other associations and NGOs, forced the government of Bosnia's Muslim-Croat Federation -- one of two semi-independent post-war entities along with the Serb-run Republika Srpska -- to adopt a law in 2008 recognizing women's status as war victims. A coalition of NGOs is working with UNPFA and Bosnia's Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees to create an overall strategy to give women survivors equal status across the country. But everybody -- survivors, NGOs, officials and doctors -- agree that this is only one small step in an extremely slow and painful recovery process for the women. According to UNPFA, 80 per cent of the survivors still experience psychological and physical symptoms. Read: AFP
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Les Depeches de Brazzaville reported on 28 October on a statement made by Humanitarian Action Minister, Emilienne Raoul saluting UNFPA humanitarian assistance. At the launching ceremony of the 2010 State of the Population Report, she said, "We wish to express our profound gratitude to UNFPA and its Resident Representative in Congo, for their prompt action on the reproductive health and sexual based violence needs of refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo in Northern Congo. The Minister called upon the government of the DRC to be more active on the diplomatic response to the humanitarian situation. UNFPA Resident Representative David Lawson saluted the government coordination of the response to this crisis with international and national humanitarian partners.
EGYPT: Daily News Egypt reported on 28 October that in an effort to pledge its support for the cause, the Arab League launched the State of the World Population Report for 2010, titled "From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change," from its headquarters last week. “I’m happy to launch the State of the World Population this year from the headquarters of the Arab League and present it to the Arab public opinion in recognition of the great effort and a call to Arabs to benefit from it,” Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said. “[The report] includes facts, information and a deep analysis of the situation of women and girls in Arab states and other countries suffering from conflicts and war, which is worth looking into and studying and this is what the Arab League will do,” he added. The release of the State of World Population 2010, published by UNFPA, coincides with the tenth anniversary of resolution 1325, the Security Council’s groundbreaking move against the abuse of women in conflict and the marginalization of them in peace-building.
GUATEMALA: La Prensa Libre published an opinion by Ileana Alamilla on 25 October on the release of UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report. Ms. Alamilla called for the transformation of society to build consciousness of the impact of armed conflict on women. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Libre
HAITI: Guyana Chronicle reported on 29 October that recent studies coming out of UNFPA show that on top of everything else, Haiti is fast heading for a population explosion if something is not done urgently to arrest the situation. “There has been a tripling of fertility since the earthquake, and I’m afraid there is going to be a crisis; this is a troubling trend and we are trying to call the attention of the international community and international actors,” UNFPA representative to Haiti, Igor Bosc, told reporters in Port-au-Prince, ahead of the launch there of this year’s State of the World Population Report. Read: Guyana Chronicle
La Prensa reported on 27-28 October and El Nuevo Diario (Nicaragua) reported on 25 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report, which presented Haiti’s recent earthquake as an example of the necessity of UNFPA member states adoption of Resolution 1325, which makes a priority of protecting women and children from gender-based violence in armed conflicts and crises. Read in Spanish: La Prensa (28 October), La Prensa (27 October) and El Nuevo Diario
INDONESIA: Jakarta Globe reported on 25 October that a conference was held in Jakarta to discuss the Ministry for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection’s plan to implement the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325. At the conference, UNFPA Representative Jose Ferraris said that the UN resolution should be given special attention in Indonesia, given the country’s history of gender-based violence. He said this violence include incidents such as the May 1998 riots in Jakarta, where armed mobs raped at least 160 Chinese-Indonesian women. Read: Jakarta Globe
MONGOLIA: English News MN reported on 28 October that when women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies, according to the State of World Population 2010, released on October 27 by UNFPA in Mongolia. The ceremony was attended by, among others, S. Banzragch, Advisor to the Parliament Speaker, and Ms. Munkhtseren, Director of the Administrative Management Department, Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor. Read: English News MN
NEPAL/NORWAY: Fokus - Forum for Women and Development featured an article on 28 October in their magazine Kvinner Sammen reporting on the tenth anniversary of the resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The magazine wrote that that UNFPA has supported a project in Nepal working on implementing the resolution. The project has, as a result, been able to provide practical training and advice to local UN agencies and the Nepalese government on how 1325 could be implemented, with emphasis on management, security and legal issues. The article further mentioned that the 20 countries, approximately ten per cent of all UN member that have made action-plans for resolution 1325, are mostly European. In Latin America and Asia, only one country respectively has followed recommendations and created an action plan. In Africa five countries have created a plan on how to implement the resolution. Read in Norwegian: Kvinner Sammen
NICARAGUA: El Nuevo Diario reported on 27 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report. UNFPA Representative Junko Sazaki said that in response to disasters, women’s vulnerability to sexual violence is often overlooked. Read in Spanish: El Nuevo Diario
NIGERIA: This Day reported on 27 October that the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, recently launched the 2010 State of the World Population Report in London, with the theme "From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change." Read: This Day
SUDAN: UN Radio Miraya, Radio Bakhita and government radio reported on 25 October on the commemoration of World Population Day in Southern Sudan. To mark the event, a four-day workshop was organized by UNFPA and Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation. The media reported that the objective of the workshop was to strengthen the Government Planning Officers and Development Partners’ capacity to analyze, disseminate and utilize data with special emphasis on the data from the fifth Sudan Population and Housing Census for socio-economic development programmes. In his opening remarks, Mr. Mwangulube, IOC UNFPA Southern Sudan Office emphasized the commitment of UNFPA support to the Government of Southern Sudan in generation of data on population dynamics to feed “people centred’’ policies and programmes to meet the MDGs.
IRIN reported on 22 October that modern war is often not about soldier against soldier, but a struggle to "break the will of civilians — women, girls, men and boys" by whatever means possible - including rape – according to the UNFPA State of World Population 2010 report published on 20 October. The term “gender-based violence” is often used to refer to violence against women, but, as the UN Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings state, "it is important to note. . . men and boys may also be victims of gender-based violence, especially sexual violence.” Read: IRIN
UN Radio reported on 21 October Safiye Çagar from UNFPA says it's crucial to recognize the role women play in rebuilding broken societies. Discrimination against women and the perpetuation of crimes, such as rape, is a major hindrance to peace, security and development in countries emerging from conflict, according to the State of World Population 2010 report. The report by UNFPA says when women have the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster. "Renewal means creating new opportunities and rectifying entrenched inequalities. Renewals requires empowerment of all members of society who are vulnerable.” Read: UN Radio
IPS reported and published an interview on 20 October with UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid on the State of World Population 2010 report. “The new trend we are trying to bring into the discussion about women is the three R's – Resilience, Renewal, and Redefining roles. Women are always seen as victims. We are saying women are not victims. Women have the resilience, they keep the families together. And with renewal, when we are rebuilding after a crisis, we should not rebuild society as it was before, with all the inequalities and inequities in it, but on a new human rights paradigm that will bring equality.” Read: IPS and IPS
UN News reported on 20 October on the release of The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the State of World Population 2010, which found that discrimination against women not only exposes them to the worst effects of disaster and war, but also deprives their countries of a prime engine for recovery. “This year’s report is about the three Rs: resilience, renewal and redefining roles between boys and girls and men and women,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said at the official launch in London of the report, which uses stories of individuals affected by conflict or catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, the occupied Palestinian territory, Timor-Leste and Uganda to bring home its message. Read: UN News
AFRICA: PANA reported on 20 and 22 October that UNFPA said "when women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies. UNFPA made the statement in a report entitled, State of World Population 2010, which was released 20 October at the UN headquarters in New York. The release of the report coincided with the tenth anniversary of the UN Security Council’s landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict. Read: PANA and in French: PANA
Afrol News reported on 20 October that the East African region is slowly developing into one of the world's new population blocks, with the region surpassing all of North America in few years and all of Europe by the 2040s. A new, major power may be building up. New data by UNFPA, presented in London, reveal a major global population shift, where the Eastern African region is emerging as one of the world's largest blocks in the coming decades. Read: Afrol News
Jeune Afrique reported on 20 October on the release of the State of World Population 2010 report. Read in French: Jeune Afrique
LATIN AMERICA: EFE reported on 20 October on the release of the State of World Population 2010 report. Women and children remain the principle victims of conflicts and, when they are over, can achieve peace. According to the report, the traumas that are suffered by people because of war do not disappear when peace agreements are made, and the impact of conflict is felt differently by everyone in a society. Read in Spanish: EFE
AUSTRALIA / AFGHANISTAN: The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 20 October that it's important for Australia to see through the Afghanistan mission to prevent it again becoming a terrorist haven and also to achieve a better deal for Afghan women. Speaking following the launch of UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report, Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said the Taliban banned girls from school, locked away women and allowed them few rights. "It is really important that we see it through so that we can prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists again; and also that we can empower those women and make sure they are considered as a part of a lasting peace, and we have educated women with rights and responsibilities to play a full role within the civil life of Afghanistan," she said. Read: Sydney Morning Herald
AUSTRALIA: ABC and Radio Australia reported on 20-21 October on Deputy Regional Director Najib Assifi’s radio interview with Louise Maher and Linda Lopresti about UNFPA’s report on the State of World Population. Read: ABC and Radio Australia
AUSTRIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 20 October on the release of UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report and quoted Petra Bayr, the Austrian Parliamentarian who launched the report in Vienna together with ÖGF. The articles say that women often are not responsible for starting war but often have to suffer the most from war. Read in German: Nachrichten, Die Standard, OTS, Wiener Zeitung
BANGLADESH: Daily Star reported on 22 October that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is unaware of the statistics of the country's new population figure revealed by UNFPA in Dhaka on 20 October, highly placed sources said yesterday. Neither Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque nor Secretary Humayun Kabir knew anything about the UN report that claimed Bangladesh's total population rose to 16.44 crore in 2010, from 12.43 crore in 2001. "I have no knowledge about UNFPA claim and I was not consulted before revealing such a report on Bangladesh," said Ruhal Haque in response to a journalist’s request for comments on UNFPA’s report, State of World Population 2010. Read: Daily Star
Financial Express published an editorial on 22 October arguing, “There is no parallel of a small country of about 55,000 square miles only crammed already with a population of 164.4 million which is the size of the Bangladesh population today according to the latest report of UNFPA that was released at a function at a city hotel last 20 October. The occasion was aimed to alert policy-makers in this country to the runway population growth which has already suffered the burden of overpopulation for a long time. UNFPA assessment also showed up the lack of credibility of erstwhile available official figure of the current population size of the country at 140 million. Thus, there are more than 24 million more people whom the earlier official headcount bypassed and who remain outside planned activities on its part. This is a glaring omission in the sphere of population control activities among other vital indicators of slipping performance in what should be a centre point of concern for Bangladesh.” Read: Financial Express
Daily Star, New Nation and Sify reported on 20 and 21 October that Bangladesh's population is now 164.4 million, up from 156 million a decade back. The boom is a matter of concern as it threatens food security, warned Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque who unveiled the State of World Population 2010 report. The UNFPA report also predicted that the population of the country would hit 222.5 million by 2050. Read: Daily Star (21 October), Daily Star (20 October) New Nation and Sify
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets reported on 20 October and 21 October on the UNFPA’s exhibition "S.O.S. Sound of Silence" at the BiH National Galery. At the Exhibition’s opening evening the visitors watched the premiere screening of the UN Documentary Film 21st Century - Bosnia: Rape, Legacy of War presented by producer Andi Gitow. The event also served to publicly launch the annual UNFPA State of the World Population Report for 2010. Read in Bosnian: BH Dani, Radio Sarajevo, Ljiljan, MOJ Portal
BOTSWANA: Daily News reported on 22 October that women rarely wage war, but they suffer the worst of its consequences, UNFPA Representative Aisha Camara-Drammeh, has said. Officiating at the launching ceremony of a report on the State of World Population themed, "From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change," Ms. Camara-Drammeh said women participation in peacebuilding was a prerequisite to its success.
BRAZIL: Multiple media outlets reported on 20 October that rape has become a widespread weapon of war used in many countries during conflicts, according to a new report released by UNFPA. UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid stressed that while conflicts and disasters intensify gender inequities, recovery represents a unique opportunity to correct such inequalities, ensure proper legal protection and create room for positive change. Read in Portuguese: Terra Portal/EFE Brasil, Deutsche Welle-Brasil and Agencia Brasil
Folha de S.Paulo, UOL and BOL reported on 21 October that only 10 per cent of the world’s countries protect women during conflict and disaster situations, according to UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 Report. The article recalls that ten years after the UN Security Council's approval of resolution 1325, the first of its kind addressing women’s issues in armed conflict, only 18 out of 192 nations have implemented measures to follow its guidelines. UNFPA Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Marcela Suazo, is quoted saying that one should not forget that there are other countries following guidelines from UN conferences on women. She also pointed out that despite the fact Brazil has not yet taken action to implement resolution 1325, the country has shown progress in fighting violence against women, but an overall social consciousness that such violence should not be tolerated is still needed. Read in Portuguese: Folha de S. Paulo and BOL
CANADA: Toronto Star reported on 19 October that the 1990s were brutal years for women in war-torn territories. In Bosnia and Kosovo, they were rounded up and systematically assaulted in rape centres. In Rwanda, they were raped, mutilated and slaughtered. In Liberia and Uganda they were tortured and forced into sexual slavery. And in East Timor they were kidnapped and raped as their husbands were executed. Ten years ago, widespread atrocities led to a ground-breaking United Nations Security Council resolution demanding that warring factions protect women and girls from gender-based violence and include them in peace negotiations. UNFPA published a report on the progress made since the resolution was passed. It says there is a growing network of grassroots organizations working with governments and communities to help conflict victims — including men and boys. The UN is marking the anniversary of the resolution with a Global Open Day on Women, Peace and Security highlighting recommendations from women peace advocates from war-affected countries. “What began as a call on governments a decade ago to deal with abuses or neglect of women and girls has steadily grown into a broader movement that encompasses all members of society,” said the population fund’s report. Read: Toronto Star
CHINA: People’s Daily Online reported on 21 October that discrimination against women not only exposes them to the worst effects of disaster and war, including rape, but also deprives their countries of a prime engine for recovery, according to a new United Nations report launched on 20 October. UNFPA State of World Population 2010 report, “From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change” coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Security Council's landmark Resolution 1325, which aimed to end sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by them in peace building initiatives. "This year's report is about the three Rs: resilience, renewal and redefining roles between boys and girls and men and women," UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said on 20 October at the official launch in London of the report, which uses stories of individuals affected by conflict or catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, the occupied Palestinian territory, Timor-Leste and Uganda to bring home its message. Read: People’s Daily Online
People’s Daily Online reported on 20 October that the world's population is expected to reach 9.15 billion in 2050 from the current 6.908 billion. According to the State of World Population 2010 report, India will have a population of 1.6138 billion by that time and would become the world's most populous country, replacing China whose population will reach 1.417 billion in 2050. The theme of this year's report was "From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change,” UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Mari Simonen said. She said this year's report coincided with the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which recognizes the vulnerability of women and girls to violence during and after armed conflict and the absence of women representation in efforts to prevent war. Read: People’s Daily Online
COLOMBIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 22-25 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report by UNFPA representative Tania Patriota. Ms. Patriota called on Colombia to recognize the fact that sexual violence is a weapon of war, and that much remains to be done, as many cases of sexual and gender-based violence continue to go unreported and un-prosecuted. Read in Spanish: El Colombiano, El Nuevo Siglo, El Tiempo, MSN Colombia, Caracol
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-site reported on 22 October on the launch by UNFPA of the State of World Population report. The report was presented by UNFPA Representative David Lawson who called on the international community to take unprecedented measures to prevent sexual violence against women in armed conflict and humanitarian situations. In her address on the occasion, Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action Minister Emilienne Raoul praised UNFPA for its role in development and humanitarian action and called upon it to support the documentation of the role of the civil wars' consequences on Congolese Women and their role in peacebuilding. On an official visit to Congo, UNFPA Africa Regional Director addressed young people and entertained an innovative and interactive dialogue with them on the themes of the report. He said, "young people are the future of the world and actors of conflict prevention and peace building reconstruction. It is essential that Governments invest in youth now." The event was broadly attended by government officials, ambassadors, UN Representatives, and civil society actors. Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-site
COSTA RICA: Teletica reported on 22 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report. Watch in Spanish: Teletica
CUBA: Granma reported on 21 October and Prensa Latina reported on 20 October on the release of UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report. UNFPA Regional Director Marcela Suazo explained that the report brings to light the experiences of women in countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Jordan, Timor-Leste and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Read in Spanish: Granma and Prensa Latina
DENMARK: U-landsnyt reported on 21 October on UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report. It stated that women are central actors in peacekeeping and in rebuilding societies. Read in Danish: U-landsnyt
ECUADOR: El Tiempo reported on 20 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report in Ecuador, highlighting the fact that half of the 52,000 Colombian citizens with refugee status in Ecuador are women and 70 per cent of the world’s refugees are women. Read in Spanish: El Tiempo
EL SALVADOR: EFE reported on 21 October on the release of the State of World Population report. UNFPA Representative Elena Zúñiga discussed gender-based violence in El Salvador, urging the government to develop a plan to address violence against women in the country. Read in Spanish: EFE
Diario Co Latino reported on 20 October that according to a report issued every year by UNFPA, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, armed conflict in many countries affected women in particular, given the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
ETHIOPIA: Walta Information Centre reported on 22 October on the Global Open Day on Women and Peace and Security held at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The article noted that UNFPA launched a new report that found that discrimination against women not only exposes them to the worst effects of disaster and war, including rape, but also deprives their countries of a prime engine for recovery. The State of World Population 2010 “is about the three Rs: resilience, renewal and redefining roles between boys and girls and men and women,” Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said at the official launch in London of the report, which uses stories of individuals affected by conflict or catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, the occupied Palestinian territory, Timor-Leste and Uganda to bring home its message. Read: Walta Information Centre
FINLAND: Global reported on the State of World Population 2010 report, stating that gender roles are turned upside down in conflicts, putting emphasis on women’s vulnerability during war and crisis. Read in Finnish: Global
FRANCE: AFP reported on 20 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report. Sexual violence as a weapon of war and as an outcome of turmoil and disaster is inflicting a terrifying toll on women, the United Nations said on 20 October. "Women rarely wage war, but they too often suffer the worst of its consequences," UNFPA said in its annual snapshot of the state of the world's population. "Gender-based violence, including rape, is a repugnant and increasingly familiar weapon of war. The immediate toll it takes extends far beyond its direct victims, insidiously tearing apart families and shattering societies for generations to come." Read: AFP and in French: AFP
Radio France Internationale, United Nations Radio, TV5 world service and AITV featured interviews on 20 October with the Chief of UNFPA's Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report.
La Croix and RFI reported on 20 October that rape and other gender-based violence is increasing and the way to fight it is to empower women, according to a UN report. The State of World Population 2010, produced by UNFPA, has been issued in the run-up to the tenth anniversary of a Security Council resolution which condemns violence against women and girls. Read: RFI and La Croix
GERMANY: Deutsche Press-Agentur reported on 20 October that discrimination against women and girls makes them more vulnerable to the devastating effects of war and natural disasters, according to a new United Nations report. Recovering from catastrophe is also hampered if one gender is denied the chance for equal opportunity. “If we're serious about preventing conflicts, recovering from war and natural disaster and building lasting peace, we need to empower women, as well as the young and the elderly, to become agents of positive change,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the head of UNFPA. Read: DPA
GEORGIA: The Messenger reported on 22 October that UNFPA published The State of World Population 2010. According to the report, when women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies. The report’s release coincides with the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by women in peacebuilding initiatives. “When women and girls suffer deep discrimination, they are more vulnerable to the worst effects of disaster or war, including rape, and less likely to contribute to peacebuilding, which threatens long-term recovery,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid at the launch of the report.
GUATEMALA: Cerigua reported on 23 October that armed conflicts and natural disasters cause physical and psychological trauma that has a particularly strong impact on women, boys and girls, according to Noemí Espinosa, a UNFPA expert. Ms. Espinosa spoke at the release of the State of World Population 2010 report. Read in Spanish: Cerigua
Prensa Libre reported on 23 October on the release of UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report. The report found that life expectancy in Guatemala is 67.3 years for men and 74.4 years for women. Read in Spanish: Prensa Libre
GUINEA-CONAKRY: Radio Soleil, Djigui FM and Espace FM reported on 20 October on UNFPA´s launch of the State of Population 2010 report. UNFPA Representative Marcelle Chevallier, discussed the important role women play in the restoration of peace and the need to use effective ways to protect them.
HAITI: AlterPresse, Expreso Ecuador (Ecuador), The Jamaica Gleaner (Jamaica) and Nation News (Jamaica and Barbados) reported on 18-22 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report, highlighting comments by Igor Bosc, UNFPA Haiti Representative. Mr. Bosc underscored the fact that the earthquake destroyed the vast majority of the health facilities in Port-au-Prince which has caused great concern to his organization as the country’s fertility rate has tripled. "This is why it is troubling for us. We are trying to call attention to the international community and the national players to respond to this crisis," Bosc said. He told journalists that there has been an increase in violence against women. "Only 12 per cent of the population use condoms and the prevalence of HIV is likely to increase," he said. Read: Jamaica Gleaner, Nation News (22 October) and Nation News (18 October), in Spanish: Expreso Ecuador and in French: AlterPresse
IRAN: Hamshahri, Isna and IRNA reported on 20-25 October that the State of World Population 2010 report, published by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, was released. The report’s release coincides with the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by women in peacebuilding initiatives. “When women and girls suffer deep discrimination, they are more vulnerable to the worst effects of disaster or war, including rape, and less likely to contribute to peacebuilding, which threatens long-term recovery,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid at the launch of the report. Read: IRNA and in Farsi: ISNA
IRELAND: The Irish Times reported on 21 October that governments should seize opportunities arising out of post-conflict or disaster recovery to address gender inequalities, according to UNFPA. The recommendation is made in UNFPA ’s annual State of World Population report, which was launched yesterday. This year’s report examines how “conflict and protracted humanitarian emergencies affect women and girls – and men and boys.” Speaking at the Dublin launch, Seán Hand of UNFPA said that while conflict and disaster can deepen inequalities between men and women, the recovery process presents a “unique opportunity” to “rectify inequalities, ensure equal protection under the law, and create space for positive change.” The Dublin launch was hosted by the Irish Family Planning Association, UNFPA’s partner in Ireland. The event was one of more than 140 such events taking place in as many countries worldwide to mark the report’s release. Read: The Irish Times
JAMAICA: The Jamaica Gleaner reported on 22 October on the release of the State of World Population 2010 report in London. “This year's report calls attention to the devastating and unacceptable sexual violence in countries affected by conflict. As an international community, we have not been able to prevent this crime and human-rights violation. This report calls for urgent and concerted action to protect women, prevent sexual violence, stop impunity and injustice," said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. Jamaica Gleaner
JORDAN: The Jordan Times reported on 21 October that public agencies and NGOs have played a key role in assisting the nearly half-a-million displaced Iraqis estimated to reside in the Kingdom, according to a UN report released on 20 October.
UNFPA launched its annual State of World Population report 2010 titled “From Conflict and Crises to Renewal: Generations of Change,” which drew upon the experiences of women and girls, men and boys, living in the wake of conflict and other “catastrophic disruptions.” Read: The Jordan Times
KENYA: Capital FM reported on 21 October that this year's United Nations report on State of World Population 2010 shows that women and children suffer most in conflict and disaster situations which make them most vulnerable to gender-based violence. Speaking during the launch of the report, UNFPA Representative Fidelis Zama Chi asked governments to pay attention to sexual violence especially in countries affected by conflict. "We are also aware of how the African region is torn by conflict. Even if the country is not in a state of crisis, it still has a role to play and the role will be… what can we do to help those in this situation?" he said. Read: Capital FM
Daily Nation reported on 21 October that fresh investigations are needed to expose police officers and militiamen who raped women in the 2007 post-election violence. Key speakers at the function to launch the State of World Population 2010 report expressed fears that ongoing investigations meant to trace key masterminds of the violence may spare people who executed sexual offences, including youths and neighbors. They called for an independent local arrangement, parallel to the International Criminal Court procedures, to deal with culprits of rape and put in place mechanisms of dealing with such vice. UNFPA assistant country representative Cecilia Kimemia called on the government to implement the Waki report on post-election violence’s recommendations on rape. She suggested that the troubled Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission expose men who raped women during the post-election violence and propose a healing process. ‘‘We hope the report’s recommendations will not be ignored,” she said. Read: Daily Nation
REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Korea Times, Chosunilbo and Dong-A Ilbo reported on 21 October that South Korea has the 26th largest population in the world this year. The latest report from UNFPA showed its population hitting 48.5 million this year, up 200,000 from the previous year. But despite the gain in the total number of people, South Korea's average fertility rate covering the past five years is the third lowest among 186 countries surveyed. According to the report, the country’s fertility rate is 1.24, just behind Hong Kong’s 1.01 and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 1.21. Read: Korea Times, Chosun Ilbo and Dong-A Ilbo
LIBERIA: The Inquirer reported on 20 October that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has shown gratitude for UNFPA for what she calls its past and present support to the country, especially in the direction of highlighting the Liberian state of affairs in its 2010 report on conflict and women issues. Gender Minister Varbah Gayflor, who represented President Sirleaf at the first celebrations of World Statistics Day which was concomitantly observed yesterday between the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo Information Services (LISGIS) and UNFPA, as part of the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report, said, “Uion from brutal civil crisis to national renewal is featured in this report.” Read: The Inquirer
MADAGASCAR: La Verite reported on 21 October that the report on the State of World Population 2010 has been presented by UNFPA Representative, Mr. Cheikh Cissé at a press conference.
MEXICO: CIMAC reported on 20 October that when peace comes, the survivors of conflicts and natural disasters, face new realities, including an increase in violence against women, changes in gender roles and economic instability, according to the State of World Population 2010 report, published by UNFPA. Read in Spanish: CIMAC
Notimex reported on 20 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report by UNFPA. The report, which links peace, security and development with the rights and empowerment of women, presents stories of women affected by conflict and catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, among other places. Read in Spanish: Notimex
Universia reported on 20 October that Mexico continues to record one of the highest illiteracy rates in Latin America. According to a report by UNFPA, 5.4 per cent of men and 8.5 per cent of women over 15 are illiterate. Read in Spanish: Universia
MOLDOVA: The Times reported on 22 October that the 2010 edition of the State of World Population report released globally on 20 October describes the situation of women and girls in emergencies, wars and natural disasters. UNFPA organized the launch of the event in Hincesti rayon, where, the same day, a three-day seminar for medical workers about medical care in emergencies with a focus on reproductive health started. Read in Romanian: The Times
NEPAL: Kathmandu Post reported on 24 October that Nepal’s total population will reach 40 million by 2050, according to a UNFPA report. The estimate has been made on the basis of the country’s average growth rate of 1.8 per cent between 2005 and 2010.The report also shows that 19 per cent of Nepal’s population lives in urban areas.
Read: Kathmandu Post
NIGERIA: The Daily Independent reported on 23 October that when women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies, according to the newly launched State of World Population 2010 report, published by UNFPA. Read: The Daily Independent
APA reported on 21 October that Nigeria’s population is projected to reach 289 million by 2050 making it the fifth most populous country in the world, UNFPA says in a report. The country’s current population, according to the UN, is 158. 3 million. In its yearly report entitled: The State of the World Population 2010, UNFPA says the world's population currently stands at about 6.9 and is projected to increase to 9.1 billion in 2050. Read: APA
NORWAY: ABC Nyheter and Aftenposten reported on 21 October on the State of World Population report. ABC Nyheter stated that, according to the report, sexualized violence is used as a weapon in wars and the result of disasters have devastating consequences for women. Aftenposten covered the Liberian case from the report in an article stressing the need to prosecute sexual criminals, during and also after wartime. Read in Norwegian: ABC Nyheter and Aftenposten
PAKISTAN: Express Tribune reported on 21 October that UNFPA launched the State of World Population 2010 report in Islamabad, focusing on the role of women in dealing with humanitarian crisis and conflicts. The report claims that when women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster, and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts. “Many women and young people have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and begun rebuilding their lives and laying the foundation for peace and renewal of their societies,” said Rabbi Royan, Technical Advisor on Population and Development of UNFPA. Read: Express Tribune
PAPUA NEW GUINEA/SOLOMON ISLANDS: Radio Australia (Australia) reported on 20 October that UNFPA has released its latest report on the State of World Population. It finds that while the past ten years has seen falling adolescent population and an increase in the use of contraception, overall progress has slowed on universal access to reproductive health. In the Pacific, geography can be a key obstacle, especially with countries like the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea where there's little improvement made. The report also conicides with the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325. Read: Radio Australia
PARAGUAY: Neike reported on 20 October that when women have the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient in the face of conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal of societies, according to the 2010 State of the World Population, released on 20 October by UNFPA. Read in Spanish: Neike
THE PHILIPPINES: The Manila Bulletin reported on 21 October that the Aquino administration will be revealing the complete slate of the members of the peace panel for the revival of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, said the reconstituted peace panel sends a signal for the resumption of peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF. “With the formation of a peace panel, we will be able to know how we can move forward for the peace negotiations,” Deles said during the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report in Makati. The peace adviser also noted that the government is geared towards the resumption of peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Read: The Manila Bulletin
PORTUGAL: Multiple media outlets reported on 20 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report by Tania Patriota with the presence of Catarina Furtado, UNFPA Goodwill ambassador. Read in Portuguese: Tvi24, IOL, Sol, Bomdia.eu, Correio do Minho
SENEGAL: Agence de Presse Senegalaise reported on 20 October on UNFPA's State of World Population 2010 report. Read in French: Agence de Presse Senegalaise
SIERRA LEONE: Awoko reported on 26 October that the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Soccoh Kabia has officially launched the State of World Population 2010 report on the theme, “From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change.” The ceremony was held at the Atlantic Hall of the National Stadium in Freetown. This year’s report focuses on issues that are critical to the development and well-being of human societies everywhere and also highlights the fundamental changes in societies who have staggered out of brutal wars and the new realities they face: changes in gender roles, new power relationships within families, unsettled village communities and traditional cultures influx. Furthermore, the release of the State of World Population report 2010, published by UNFPA, coincides with the tenth anniversary of Resolution 1325, the Security Council’s groundbreaking move against the abuse of women in conflict and the marginalization of them in peacebuilding. Read: Awoko
SPAIN: Multiple media outlets reported on 20 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report in Madrid. Read in Spanish: Ameco Press, Ecodiario, Expansion.com, Europa Press, Humanista.tv, El Mundo, Periodista Digital and SINC
SOUTH AFRICA: SAPA reported on 20 October that infant mortality rates, a measure of the number of babies that die in the first year of life, are lower in Botswana and Namibia than they are in South Africa. According to a table of indicators contained in UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report, infant mortality in South Africa is 43 per 1,000 live births. The 2010 report also contains a comparison, by country, of reproductive health indicators, including births per 1,000 woman aged 15-19, and contraceptive and HIV prevalence rates. It says that in sub-Saharan Africa, the Southern Africa region has by far the lowest adolescent birth rate - 61 per 1,000 girls - and the highest contraceptive prevalence, at 59% for all methods and 58% for so-called modern methods. Read: SAPA
SUDAN: Sudan Vision Daily and Al Sahafa published a UNFPA statement on 20 October on the State of World Population 2010 report. The “report reflects that while women rarely wage war, they suffer the worst of its consequences, and when they have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies,” said UNFPA-Sudan. Read: Sudan Vision Daily and in Arabic: Al Sahafa
SWEDEN: Sveriges Radio and U-landsnyt reported on the Swedish launch held with the participation of Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson and UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Mari Simonen. Sveriges Radio featured an interview with Ms. Simonen and Gunilla Carlsson. Read in Swedish: Moderaterna and Sveriges Radio
Expressen published an op-ed on the UNFPA report on 24 October by Minister Gunilla Carlsson, stating that women’s participation in peace processes is crucial in order to obtain sustainable peace. Read in Swedish: Expressen
SWITZERLAND: Multiple media outlets reported on 20 October on the release of the State of World Population 2010 report, quoting UNFPA’s Thoraya Obaid, Bettina Maas and Renate Baehr, Director of the German Foundation for World Population, DSW. They focus on maternal mortality and family planning, saying that each year 80 million women are getting pregnant but don’t want to. The second part of the article is about gender and conflict and the roles that women play in reconstructing societies and that they should not be discriminated against but empowered. Read in German: Sonntag Zeitung and NZZ
TANZANIA: The Citizen reported on 21 October on new life expectancy estimates reported in UNFPA’s State of World Population 2010 report , noting that the country now leads sub-Saharan Africa in life expectancy. The State of World Population 2010 report says that while a Tanzanian woman is assured of living an average of 57 years and seven months, a man can live up to 56 years and one month. Read: The Citizen
The Guardian and Daily News reported on 21 and 22 October that United Nations Resident Coordinator Alberic Kacou commended the government for such an achievement in hosting refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. Mr. Kacou, however, said that UNFPA and UNHCR were still assessing the refugee situation. A short film shown at the event which witnessed the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report, under the theme ‘From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change’ provided evidence on the decent life that refugees were living in Nyarugusu Camp in North West Kigoma Region. “To take this theme to the Tanzania context, UNFPA and UNHCR have come together, in a spirit of ‘delivering as one UN’, to focus on Tanzania’s landmark achievements in hosting refugees from neighbouring countries of DRC, Rwanda and Burundi,” he said. Read: The Guardian and Daily News
THAILAND/SRI LANKA: Reuters Alertnet featured an interview on 21 October with Sunila Abeysekera, who received the U.N. Human Rights Prize in 1988 and was named Human Rights Defender of the Year by Human Rights Watch in 2007. Ms. Abeysekera was interviewed at the Bangkok launch of the State of World Population 2010 report, which says rape is being used increasingly as a weapon of war and that the international community has failed to prevent it. Read: Alertnet
THE NETHERLANDS: Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported on 20 October that things are going better for women in former war and crisis regions. They are playing a greater role in the reconstruction of their country. Sexual violence remains a problem, although some good developments have been reported. In the Palestinian territories, for example, the United Nations has helped set up centres where women can access know-how, support and training courses. Jamilah Mahmood of UNFPA summarized the organization's annual report, the State of World Population 2010, which was published around the world on 20 October. The Netherlands is UNFPA's biggest donor. This year's report looks at countries attempting to rebuild after wars and the traumas which continue to affect them long after the war has ended. Read: Radio Netherlands Worldwide
TIMOR LESTE: Timor Post reported on 21 October on the launch of the State of World Population 2010 report. UNFPA Representative, Mr. Pornchai Suchitta remarked that cases from Timor-Leste were also submitted in the 2010 SWOP, with the theme “From conflict and crisis to renewal: generations of change,” as this country is one of the nations that have experienced post conflict and disaster and is now moving into unity recuperation.
Voxy (New Zealand) reported on 18 October that, with a press conference, the UNFPA Country Office in Timor-Leste will launch the State of World Population (SWOP) 2010 report. With the theme "From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change," this year the SWOP, for the first time, includes Timor-Leste's case as part of the countries that have experienced conflict or disasters and are on the road to recovery. The release of the State of World Population 2010 coincides with the tenth anniversary of resolution 1325, the Security Council's groundbreaking move against the abuse of women in conflict and the marginalization of them in peace building. Read: Voxy
UGANDA: The Daily Monitor and The New Vision reported and NTV featured interviews with UNFPA staff on 21 October on the release of the State of World Population 2010 report. Speaking at the launch of the State of the World and Uganda Population reports, Janet Jackson said there is much at stake for societies when there is continued exclusion of women in the process of the post-conflict rebuilding and recovery of their communities. “Women’s participation is central to understanding post-conflict trauma as well as the determination and will to move on. It is critical for efforts to prevent war, build peace and restore devastated societies,” Ms. Jackson said. Read: The Daily Monitor and The New Vision
U.K.: The Guardian reported on 20 October that UNFPA's State of World Population 2010 report, released today, focuses on the effect of conflict and protracted humanitarian emergencies on women and girls, and shows why the development community should be talking, and talking seriously, about conflict. Timed to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the UN security council resolution on women, peace and security, the report tries to answer the question: "Are women in war-torn countries faring any better today than they were a decade ago?" The conclusions are mixed, and the report criticises the over-simplified but well-circulated images of women in conflict. Read: The Guardian
UNITED STATES: The New York Times reported on 20 October on the release of UNDESA’s World’s Women 2010 report, which marked World Statistics Day and the release of the State of World Population 2010 report by UNFPA. The article noted that “Although the 255-page report shows that women have made progress in areas like health and education — elementary school enrollment is now the same for boys and girls — they still lag over all. ‘Much more needs to be done, in particular the need to close the gender gap in public life and to prevent many forms of violence against women,’ said Jomo Kwame Sundaram, the assistant secretary general who released the report in New York. A second hefty report by UNFPA, released the same day, digs deep into areas where positive news is much harder to find: the harm visited on women. It suggested that helping women and children recover from the sexual violence and other trauma they suffer in war or natural disasters is a key to moving countries forward on all fronts. Women savagely raped during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina still suffer from limited access to counseling 15 years after the peace treaty, the report noted.” Read: The New York Times
VIET NAM: Voice of Viet Nam reported on 21 October that when women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies, according to the State of World Population 2010 report, published by UNFPA. When women and girls suffer deep discrimination, they are more vulnerable to the worst effects of disaster or war, including rape, and less likely to contribute to peacebuilding, which threatens long-term recovery. The report’s release coincides with the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by women in peacebuilding initiatives. Read in Vietnamese: VOV
The Himalayan Times reported on 29 September that United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos today allocated $2 million to United Nations agencies in Nepal. The funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will be used for seven life-saving humanitarian projects in the country. “Three-quarters of the way through this year, humanitarian funding for Nepal is just not adequate,” said Robert Piper, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal. “While the UN and its partners have been able to help hundreds of thousands of Nepalis in need of humanitarian aid, we have not been able to do enough because less than 50 per cent of the Nepal Appeal has been funded,” Piper added. UNFPA will use $235,871 in CERF grants to provide life saving reproductive health services through mobile outreach camps in four of the most remote districts of Nepal. Read: The Himalayan Times
The Himalayan Times reported on 18 August that the Nepal government received a significant boost to its efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality and illness after its leading aid donors signed a new joint financing arrangement on Wednesday. Under the terms of the Joint Financing Arrangement, Nepal’s leading aid donors― DFID, World Bank, GAVI, USAID, UNFPA and UNICEF ― will funnel their financial support to the country’s new national health plan through one simplified aid management system that will sharply reduce the reporting that donors require from low-income countries such as Nepal, said the donor agencies in a joint press statement. Read: The Himalayan Times
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets reported on 13 August on events marking International Youth Day in Bosnia and around the world. "We remind the institution of power of getting intensified a meaningful dialogue with the young in BiH, in order to have mutual understanding upgraded in terms of joint dealing with challenges we are facing", said the chief of UNFPA in Bosnia Herzegovina Faris Hadrovic. Read in Bosnian: Sarajevo-x, Sredisnja Bosna, Source, Bljesak, USK Portal, Bizon
CAMEROON: Cameroon Tribune and Mutations reported on 11 and 12 August on events marking International Youth Day. A forum took place on 10 August in the United Nations Information Centre in Yaounde to commemorate the Day with the participation of members from the different branches of the UN system in Cameroon, the Ministry of Youth Affairs, representatives of youth associations and members of society. The forum was chaired by Alain Sibenaler, UN Resident Coordinator who is also UNFPA Representative in Cameroon. Mr. Sibenaler seized this opportunity to read the UN Secretary General's message for International Youth Day. In addition, Mr. Sibenaler and the Minister of Youth Affairs took part in a press conference on 11 August to discuss the Day and the launch of the International Youth Year. Read: Cameroon Tribune and in French: Cameroon Tribune
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Top TV, Radio-Congo, DRTV, Tele-Congo and Radio-Congo reported on 12 August on events marking International Youth Day. UNFPA Representative David Lawson delivered messages by UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. Top TV and Radio-Congo also reported that UNFPA sponsored a celebration of International Youth Day, which was led by Youth Minister, Zacharie Kimpouni, along with UNFPA Representative, Mr. Lawson, and National Youth Network President, Franck Moyobat, in the presence of hundreds of youth leaders. Mr. Kimpouni underlined efforts by the Government for the Youth Charter to be ratified and the upcoming Youth National Conference to designate the Youth National Council. Mr. Lawson reminded youth of their civic and reproductive health rights and responsibilities, including on HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy, saying, "You are essential and constructive actors of the unfolding societal change in progress in the country and part of the national development process.”
GHANA: Accra Daily Mail reported on 12 August and GNA reported on 10 August on International Youth Day. In addition to the international celebration of the Day, it was marked in Ghana with the launch of the National Youth Policy at Cape Coast on 12 August. "This would nail home government's support to youth initiatives in Ghana and Africa," said Nii Richard Nortey-Dua, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports said in Accra. He also announced this at the second African Youth and Governance Conference. The four-day conference ,under the theme "Committing to the Youth Agenda: The Call for Action," was attended by about 200 participants drawn from the West African Sub-region: Kenya, Swaziland, Ethiopia and Western Sahara. It was organized by Youth Bridge Foundation, a youth development-oriented NGO with support from UNFPA and management of Newmont Ghana. Read: Accra Mail and GNA
GUINEA-CONAKRY: Radio Kankan and Espace FM reported on 13 August on Thoraya Ahmed Obaid's message regarding International Youth Day and other events on the Day. Espace FM organized a round table on 13 August, with the participation of Dr. Aissatou Conde, in charge of the Youth Programme in UNFPA-Guinea, Obaidou Sow, Coordinator of the UNFPA Youth Reproductive Health Project in the National Ministry of Youth and Sport and Djankna Najbè, representing the national NGO “Amis du future.” They reported that the population in Guinea is characterized by its youth, with 21.8 per cent of young people (between 15 and 24 years old), and emphasized the challenges in the new incoming government to work together with UNFPA to reinforce the quality of education, create new jobs for young people and continue to look for new ways to sensitize on HIV. Read: Radio Kankan
INDIA: New Kerala reported on 13 August that the International Year of Youth kicked off with calls from United Nations officials to harness the talents and energy of the world's young people to promote better understanding and dialogue among different generations, cultures and religions. The article noted that the launch of the International Youth Year will be marked with speeches, musical performances, video screenings and poetry recitals at UN Headquarters. Sha Zukang, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, will discuss the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, while UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid delivered a joint statement of the heads of UN entities demonstrating the support of the UN system for issues related to youth development. Read: New Kerala
IRAN: IRNA reported on 11 August that the country’s youth population is approximately 17 million. Speaking on the occasion of International Youth Day, UNFPA Representative Mehmet Hulki Uz said that Iran is blessed with the demographic bonus of a dynamic young population. “Today, as we launch the International Year of Youth, I am calling on decision makers to listen to the needs of young people and respond to them.” He urged governments to enter a meaningful dialogue with youth to develop a mutual understanding on how to jointly address development challenges. Read: IRNA
LEBANON: The Daily Star and Terra Net reported on 12 August on the Y-PEER Lebanon activities marking International Youth Day and the launch of the International Year of Youth. The UNFPA-supported Y-PEER network conducted two events to mark this occasion. The first consisted of participating in two one-hour live radio shows twice that week. Using their fun and youthful approach, the Y-PEERS tackled youth sexual-health taboos, passing on HIV/AIDS prevention information and dispelling all-too-prevalent myths on MIX FM’s popular The Comedy Revolution show. The radio show also included a phone competition on HIV/AIDS, with prizes to encourage the audience to participate. In addition, on 12 August, 15 Y-PEER members invaded Puncho beach in northern Lebanon with posters and awareness activities to publicize and promote the ABC Prevention Strategy. Read: The Daily Star and Terra Net.
LIBERIA: The Daily Observer reported on 13 August that Liberia joined the rest of the world to observe International Youth Day on 12 August and that UNFPA Liberia Representative Esperance Fundira made a special statement at the ceremony calling for special attention for Liberian youth. Read: Daily Observer
MOZAMBIQUE: Radio Mocambique reported on 14 August that UNFPA supported a discussion on youth and development to celebrate International Youth Day, in Maputo. The session was attended by UNFPA Representative, Patricia Guzman, the Governor of Maputo, Lucilia Hama, and the National AIDS Council Deputy Executive Secretary, Diogo Milagre.
NEPAL: The Kathmandu Post reported on 11 August that the Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON), YUWA and Youth Initiative organized a two-day jatra, a street festival, in celebration of this year’s International Youth Day. The event included a photo exhibition, titled “Youth Expressions,” where photographs taken by young people were presented. Moreover, a panel discussion on topics like same sex marriage and brain drain in Nepal engaged participants in lively interaction, with interesting views coming from young students. The event was supported by UNFPA, Save the Children, Maiti Nepal and CWIN. Read: The Kathmandu Post
PAKISTAN: Daily Times and The Express Tribune reported on 12 August that Y-Peer Pakistan, in collaboration with UNFPA and youth organization Chanan Development Association (CDA), launched a national campaign titled “Be the Change” to celebrate International Youth Day in Pakistan. More than 100 participants attended the event, including youth, media and representatives of civil society. Event organizers also arranged 100 different youth activities for this month, such as capacity-building workshops, advocacy events, festivals, seminars, rallies and sports competitions. Read: Daily Times and The Express Tribune
SUDAN: Multiple media outlets reported and featured roundtable discussions on 10-12 August to mark International Youth Day and the launch of the International Youth Year. Reports remarked on a public march accompanied by the police band. It continued with entertainment by popular musicians and concluded with public address by key Government officials including the Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation and Development partners’ representatives, including the UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, who spoke on behalf of the UN. In addition, discussions addressed topics including the role of youth in combating HIV/AIDS, government efforts to stop early marriages and keep girls in schools to overcome some of the reproductive challenges facing young people in Southern Sudan, the role of Y-Peer educators in bringing youth people together to fight HIV/AIDS and get reproductive health services, and UNFPA’s support for the government of Southern Sudan to improve young people's access to sexual reproductive health services.
SUDAN: Multiple media outlets reported on August 11, 2010 that the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Majid Haj Siwar, has adopted the declaration of the youth forum that was part of celebrating the International Youth Day 2010. In partnership with UNFPA, the Ministry celebrated the IYD under the global theme of Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. The celebration included beside the morning youth forum, evening exhibits, cultural dance and entertainment segment by UNPA Honorary Ambassador singer and composer Abdel Kareem Elkabli. Mr. Minister expressed commitment to implementing the UNFPA-supported Youth Development Strategy and to implementing the IYD, 2010 declaration. UNFPA Representative to Sudan, Mr. Hans de Graaff, told participants that youth forums and similar events is where young people can influence decision-making in order to have in place policies that respond to the needs of the youth.
TUNISIA: La Presse de Tunisie and Agence Tunis Afrique Presse reported on 13 August on the opening of the International Year of Youth in New York. The event included the presentation of several performances (songs and dances) by young people who elaborated slogans calling for the consecration of the highest values. No less than 600 youth from around the world took part in the opening ceremony of the International Youth Year, in the presence of Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN, and Ms. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Executive Director of UNFPA, as well as representatives from international and regional organizations, member states of the UN and youth organizations. In addition, UN officials hailed Tunisia’s youth policy during the talks that Minister of Youth, Sports and Physical Education Samir Laabidi held in New York with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and the Executive Director of UNFPA. Read: Tunisia Online News
UGANDA: The New Vision published an op-ed by UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid on 11 August to mark International Youth Day. She wrote, “Today, as we launch the International Year of Youth, on the eve of the World Youth Conference in Mexico, I am calling on decision makers to listen to the needs of the young people and respond to them. I call on governments to enter meaningful dialogue with young people and jointly address the development challenges facing us.” Read: The New Vision
UZBEKISTAN: UzReport reported on 13 August that International Youth Day has been celebrated in Uzbekistan for the second year in a row. Events dedicated to the Day and organized jointly by Youth Initiatives Centre "Kelajak Ovozi" under Fund Forum, UNIC and UNFPA were held in the Youth Creativity Palace's Concert Hall in Tashkent. This year's commemoration of International Youth Day also marks the launch of the International Year of Youth under the theme "Dialogue and Mutual Understanding." The International Youth Day celebration is one of many activities held within the framework of cooperation between YIC "Kelajak Ovozi" and UNFPA. The main goal of collaboration between the two organizations is to promote healthy lifestyles among the young people in Uzbekistan. UNFPA and YIC "Kelajak Ovozi" share similar visions on strengthening the rights of young people and enhancing their potential to increase their role in society.
VIET NAM: Multiple media outlets reported on 10-14 August on events marking International Youth Day, including a statement by UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid celebrating the Day. The National Committee of Vietnamese Youth in collaboration with the Central Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and UNFPA jointly organized a workshop on youth policies on the eve of the International Day of Youth. Attending the event, which launched the International Year of Youth in Viet Nam, were Eamonn Murphy, acting UN Resident Coordinator, and Vietnamese Government officials. At the conference, participants agreed on the need to have a mechanism to promote young people's participation in policy development and implementation and proposed to develop guidelines on policy development for youth. “While many people say that youth are the future, it is time to embrace their leadership today. Young people are natural leaders,” stated Ms. Obaid while highlighting that while there is promise, there is also peril. “The sad truth is that too many young people are growing up with few opportunities, trying to keep up hope for the future.” Read in Vietnamese: Nguoi Dai Bieu Nhan Dan, Giao Duc va Thoi Dai, Thanh Nien (10 August), Thanh Nien (11 August), Tien Phong and VOH, VN Media, Gia dinh va Xa hoi, Hoa Nhip Tim
YEMEN: Saba reported on 15 August that Youth Welfare Centre at Aden University organized an open day activity, within the framework of World Youth Day and supported by UNFPA. The activity was attended by many youth from different universities and included an awareness lecture on reproductive health and family planning issues. The director of the centre at Aden University Hossam Salam noted that the centre was established to raise awareness among young people of both sexes in health issues. Read: Saba
GLOBAL: UN News Centre reported on 11 July that with dozens of countries carrying out United Nations-supported national censuses this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked this year's World Population Day by stressing the importance of gathering information to bolster good governance, transparency and accountability. “Population data helps leaders and policy-makers to make informed decisions about policies and programmes to reduce poverty and hunger, and advance education, health and gender equality,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the day. Read: UN News Centre
Multiple media outlets published a statement by UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid on 10 July commemorating World Population Day on 11 July. Ms. Ahmed noted that in the past 30 years, UNFPA has helped develop the capacities of countries in collecting and analyzing data. Currently, a central aspect of UNFPA support is directed at the implementation of the 2010 round of censuses of population and housing, which are to be conducted between 2005-2014. Read: Inter Press News (Georgia), in Spanish: La Prensa (Nicaragua) and La Nacion (Paraguay) and in Portuguese: Agencia de Noticias da AIDS (Brazil)
IPS reported on 8 July that as the international community readies to commemorate World Population Day, the United Nations is reviewing the state of the world's women - and how they stack up against the risks of maternal mortality and the lack of universal access to reproductive health. A U.N. report on the status of the eight MDGs, including drastic reductions in hunger and poverty, says there has been slow progress in expanding the use of contraceptives by women primarily for two reasons: poverty and lack of education. “The use of contraception is lowest among the poorest women, and those with no education," it says. The study points out that "the unmet need for family planning remains moderate to high in most regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa". At least one in four women aged 15 to 49, who are married or in a relationship, have expressed the desire to use contraceptives but do not have access to them. Still, progress has been recorded by many countries on maternal mortality. "We welcome the MDG reports indication of progress, with some nations significantly reducing maternal death ratios," said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA. Read: IPS
ALGERIA: El Watan, La Tribune and El Moudjahid reported on events marking World Population Day in Algeria. Lindsay Edouard, UNFPA Representative in Algeria, spoke about the Fund's work, and the significance of the theme “Everyone Counts” in relation to UNFPA’s work, which seeks to reduce poverty and promote rights and health for all. Read in French: El Moudjahid and El Watan
AZERBAIJAN: Today.Az reported on 6 July and AzerTAJ reported on 5 July on commemorations of World Population Day in Azerbaijan, which included a roundtable on ensuring security of population co-organized by the Ombudsman Office of Azerbaijan and UNFPA. Read: Today.Az and AzerTAJ
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on commemorations of World Population Day, including the release of a new report, “Bolivia: Population, Land and Environment,” prepared by the Ministry of Planning and UNFPA. The report shows the importance of population dynamics, and its relationship to development at a time when, in Bolivia, young people make up the majority of the population. UNFPA Representative Jaime Nadal pointed out that the high proportion young people represents an opportunity, but policy makers must work to support young people to fulfill their potential. Read in Spanish: El Deber, Jornada, La Prensa, Prensa Latina
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets reported and published UNFPA statements on 11 and 12 July marking World Population Day and preparations for the upcoming census. Read in Bosnian: Bitno, Hayat, 24Sata and Liljan
BRAZIL: Ascom reported on 11 July that UNFPA celebrated World Population Day by inviting all Brazilians to participate in the 2010 Census, to be conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Statistics (IBGE) beginning 1 August. According to Harold Robinson, UNFPA Representative in Brazil, participation in the census is key for ensuring a successful data collection that will provide inputs for good public policies formulation and monitoring. Read in Portuguese: Ascom
BURKINA FASO: Le Pays and Sidwaya reported on 8 and 12 July on the commemoration of World Population Day. The National council of the Population (CONAPO) in partnership with UNFPA/Burkina, organized a public conference on the topic: “The importance of the data for development.” The conference underscored the theme for the day, addressing the ways in which data can make a positive impact on policies and programmes that improve peoples’ lives. Read in French: Le Pays and Sidwaya
CAMBODIA: Multiple television and radio outlets and the newspaper, Rasmei Kampuchea reported on 11 July on the Prime Minister’s message marking World Population Day. In the message, the Prime Minister called on government ministries to build strong partnerships with UNFPA and other development partners to address women’s health issues, particularly maternal health.
CHINA: Xinhua reported on 10 and 11 July and Global Times reported on 9 July on observations of World Population Day in China and around the world. China announced that it would recruit 6.5 million census workers as the international community set out to observe a day devoted to raising awareness of population issues and the vital nature of census taking to global development and sound policy making. Discussing the theme, "Everyone Counts," UNFPA's Christian Delsol said, "This timely theme builds on the ongoing 2010 round of censuses." He continued, "Analysis of census data can provide the links between population phenomena and human rights, gender equality, reproductive health and maternal mortality." Bernard Coquelin, Representative of UNFPA in China, emphasized the importance of reliable data for development. Referring to the theme, he said that “it implies that not only is it essential to count the number of people who live in communities, cities and countries, but also that each person should be respected and valued by ensuring that their rights are protected and that they have equitable access to basic social services.” Read: Xinhua (11 July) and Xinhua (10 July) Global Times
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Congo-site and Les Depeches de Brazzaville reported on 9 July on a workshop jointly organized by the Economy and Planning Ministry and UNFPA to validate the results and analysis of the census data, which were expected to be released as part of the commemoration of World Population Day. The workshop gathered demographers, statisticians and technical experts from government agencies and UN agencies and was facilitated by UNFPA. In his opening address, UNFPA Representative David Lawson congratulated the government on leading the census to completion, allowing for a full review of the progress toward the MDGs. He added, "The government contribution to the costs of the census has reached over 90 per cent, which is highly noteworthy and admirable in Africa, with the financial and technical support of UNFPA." Read in French: Congo-Site and Les Depeches de Brazzaville
EL SALVADOR: ElSalvador.com reported on 11 July on World Population Day, and the theme, “Everyone Counts,” and UNFPA’s emphasis on the significance of accurate census data for informing good government policies.
FIJI: Fiji Times and FijiVillage.com reported on 11 and 12 July on World Population Day celebrations, which highlighted the role that censuses and population data play in development and humanitarian response and recovery. "With quality data we can better track and make greater progress to achieve the MDGs and promote and protect the dignity and human rights of all people," UNFPA said. Fiji has the second largest concentration of elderly people in the Pacific according to UNFPA Pacific Representative Dirk Jena, who was speaking at the World Population Day celebrations. Read: Fiji Times and FijiVillage.com
GERMANY: ARD Tagesthemen reported on 11 July on World Population Day. The story featured comments by Anne Wittenberg, UNFPA External Relations Officer in Geneva. She said: "Being counted is being visible and important for claiming rights. In many parts of the world people are not counted/registered. But being registered with a birth-certificate for example tells my government that I will need a place in school later on for example." The piece is about the importance of being registered and counted in developing countries.
INDIA: Orissa Diary, the Central Chronicle and MedIndia reported on 10 and 11 July on events marking World Population Day in Orissa and Madhya Pradesh states and around the world. The Family Planning Association (FPA) in collaboration with UNFPA organized public awareness campaign about population education in trains and railway stations as well as bus stations in various cities in Madhya Pradesh. A team of youth volunteers distributed pamphlets and performed street plays for the benefit of passengers. The programme covered almost all the major trains passing through the Bhopal stations. Orissa Diary noted that “On the occasion of World Population Day-10, Government of Orissa chose to initiate measures to 'Repositioning Family Planning Programmes' in the state with focus on taking forward the Programmtic Interventions in a more comprehensive way.Sensing the need to strengthen Family Planning Programmes in Orissa, "State Family Welfare Cell' with Support from UNFPA (Global Developmental Partner for Family Planning Programme) has been established “ and reported that UNFPA State Head Hemant Dwivedi was among the officials who attended the event. Read: Orissa Diary and MedIndia
JORDAN: The Jordan Times reported on 9 July that data are considered the most powerful input than can ensure sustainable development, provided it is based on careful and in-depth analysis, said HRH Princess Basma. The Princess, who is UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, made the remarks during a ceremony marking World Population Day, held this year under the theme, “Data for Development: Everyone Counts.” “This year’s theme is extremely important: we need to bear in mind that research needs to be people-oriented and take into consideration people’s needs, challenges and aspiration to ensure that they are not figures in the abstract,” the Princess highlighted. Read: The Jordan Times
KENYA: The Daily Nation reported on 11 July on World Population Day. As it prepared to launch a new effort to ensure completion of Kenya’s 2010 census, UNFPA marked World Population Day with a message by UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid called for urgency in completing censuses. “Censuses are central to UNFPA’s mandate and mission to support countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty,” she said. Read: The Daily Nation
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Xinhua (China) reported on 10 July that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will strengthen its cooperation with UNFPA, an official said. Yang Song Il, a section chief of the Population Center, spoke on the occasion of the World Population Day, which falls on July 11, the official news agency KCNA reported. The 2007-2010 fourth cooperation programme between the UNFPA and the DPRK would be finished and the 2011-2013 fifth cooperation plan will be worked out this year. Mr. Yang said,"We will continue surveys in different fields to make contribution to the development of national economy and public health and further strengthen the cooperation with international organizations, including the UNFPA."
MALAWI: The Nation reported on 11 July that in a statement marking World Population Day, UNFPA Communications Officer Pilrani Semu-Banda said that if people and their characteristics are not counted, governments cannot plan. Malawi recently conducted a census, which reported that the country’s population has reached 13 million. UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said in her statement marking the day that good data are critical for evidence-based policies and programmes for improving people’s lives. Read: The Nation
MOLDOVA: All Moldova reported on 11 July that in conjunction with a message from UNFPA marking World Population Day, UNFPA declared, “Moldova should take strong action in order to successfully conduct the census until 2014." The UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova, Boris Gilca, told a news conference that according to UN and EUROSTAT’s recommendations, the period between national censuses should not exceed 10 years. Since Moldova conducted its last census in October 2004, the next census in Moldova should be held no later than 2014, which is also the limit year in the current round of global censuses (2005-2014). Read: All Moldova
MOZAMBIQUE: Autarca, Radio Mozambique and Domingo reported on 9-11 July on commemorations of World Population Day in Mozambique. To mark the occasion, Patricia Guzman, UNFPA Representative in Mozambique, visited the province of Inhambane to promote World Population Day. During her visit, Ms. Guzman met with community members and partners in the city of Inhambane and in the districts of Maxixe and Morrumbone as well as peer activists from the UNFPA-supported organization Geração Biz and midwives. She said that the theme aims at raising awareness about the importance of using reliable data to plan development interventions.
MYANMAR: People’s Daily (China) reported on 11 July that Myanmar is striving for the realization of the MDGs, calling on its people to work together with the government. With the theme "Everyone Counts," Myanmar observed the World Population Day, reflecting its active participation in realizing the UN aims and objectives as a member of the global family. Read: Xinhua
NEPAL: NTT reported on 11 July that various programmes such as rallies, discussions and special health service camps were organized to mark the World Population Day, with its stated slogan “Everyone Counts.” Reliable information is essential for governments to formulate policies that would meet people’s needs and improve their lives, according to Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA. “’Everyone counts,’ the theme of this year’s Day, highlights the compelling stories that numbers tell us about people,” said Ms. Obaid. “On this World Population Day,” she added, UNFPA asserts the right of everyone to be counted, especially women, girls, the poor and marginalized.” Read: NTT
NIGERIA: The Daily Trust and ThisDay reported on 8 July on celebrations of World Population Day in Nigeria. ThisDay noted that the National Population Commission and UNFPA said they are about to commence activities leading to the implementation of the 2010 round of population and housing censuses in the country. Read: ThisDay
PAKISTAN: The News International reported on 7 and 10 July that World Population Day would be commemorated on 11 July with the theme "Everyone Counts" with a special focus on women and children. The theme of the day has been decided considering the fact that counting everyone is an integral part of ensuring everyone's equal rights. This year, World Population Day highlights the importance of data for development. The focus is on the 2010 round the population and housing census, data analysis for development and UNFPA's lead role in population and development. Read: The News International (10 July) and The News International (7 July)
PANAMA: La Prensa reported on 11 July on World Population Day commemorations in Panama and around the world, including a statement by UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid to mark the day. Read in Spanish: La Prensa
PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets reported 9-11 July on the commemoration of World Population Day around the world and in Paraguay, as well as the priorities for the upcoming census. In addition to reporting on UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid’s statement marking the day, the articles addressed issues related to the upcoming census in Paraguay. Among the issues discussed was the recognition that the last population count had what were described as serious deficiencies in measuring the actual number of people with disabilities. The next one, scheduled for 2012 offers an opportunity to improve measurement. According to Aldo Natalizia of UNFPA, there is no more relevant source of information than the census, because it guides decisions around a country’s policy-making and implementation. Read in Spanish: La Nacion, ABC, IP Paraguay, PPN, Ultima Hora
PHILIPPINES: The Manila Bulletin reported on 11 July and published an editorial on 10 July on World Population Day celebrations. The Bulletin wrote, “offices of UNFPA and the organizations they work with mark the day with celebrations of their programmes, poster and essay contests, sports events, concerts, and other activities that highlight population issues and efforts to resolve them.” Read: The Manila Bulletin (11 July) and The Manila Bulletin (10 July)
SUDAN: Sudan Vision Daily reported and Al Safa reported on 11 July on World Population Day. This year, some 60 countries are collecting data and counting people as part of the 2010 census process. A census is the only statistical operation that covers the whole population and all areas of a country. UNFPA and other partners are supporting this massive effort in many parts of the world. The theme of this year’s World Population Day is “Everyone Counts.” To be counted is to become visible. This is especially important for women and young people. Read: Sudan Vision Daily
SWAZILAND: The Times of Swaziland reported on 7 July that this year’s World Population Day was to be commemorated 11 July. Government Press Secretary Macanjana Motsa said Swaziland routinely joins the global community in commemorating World Population Day on July 11 each year. The celebration is coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development through the National Population Unit with the support of UNFPA. This is also done in collaboration with regional authorities and key stakeholders, including the Central Statistics Office who are co-opted on the basis of the theme for that particular year. "The theme that has been selected by the UNFPA headquarters for this year is ‘Everyone Counts’ with a focus on the 2010 round of the population census," said Ms. Motsa. Read: The Times of Swaziland
TAJIKISTAN: Asia Plus and Khovar reported on 7-10 July on commemorations of World Population Day in Tajikistan. UNFPA and State Statistical Agency representatives made presentations related to the UNFPA CO mandate in Tajikistan and forthcoming census to be conducted in Tajikistan from 21-30 September, 2010. According to UNFPA Representative Michael Jones, the theme for WPD 2010 is “Everyone Counts” because of the focus on the 2010 round of census and UNFPA’s leading role in population and development.
TURKEY: Today’s Zaman reported on 11 July on the commemoration of World Population Day. The article noted, “This day was established by the UN Population Fund in order to raise awareness of how international family planning can help slow population growth and save the lives of women and children. Every year World Population Day has its own specific theme, and this year’s theme is 'Everyone Counts,' highlighting the importance of reliable demographic data in development.” Read: Today’s Zaman
UGANDA: The New Vision published an op-ed on 10 July by UNFPA Representative Janet Jackson and Population Secretariat acting Director Charles Ziarema to mark World Population Day. They wrote, “In Uganda, the UNFPA and the Population Secretariat have been in partnership since 1988, working together with the Government and civil society so that everyone born into the world has a dignified place in the world and advancing the right of individuals to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. For this to happen, the needs of the population have to be planned and managed from the household and national levels, using robust data.” Read: The New Vision
The Monitor reported on 9 July that population experts have called for more investment in family planning services which they say will cut unwanted pregnancies and reduce maternal deaths. Speaking in Nebbi District ahead of World Population Day, UNFPA Representative Janet Jackson said investing in family planning services can help mothers delay or space their births. "We should not be looking too much into the numbers - whether they are too many or too few people but the people behind these statistics," Ms. Jackson said. Read: The Monitor
UNITED STATES: CNN Radio reported on 11 July on World Population Day, as UNFPA spokesman Ralph Hakkert explained why Americans should be concerned census data collected around the world. Listen: CNN Radio
URUGUAY: El Pais reported on 11 July on World Population Day, and the theme “Everyone Counts.” Alfonso Farnós of UNFPA was one of several demographers interviewed on the day’s theme and its significance for Uruguay. Mr. Farnos said that an accurate census can save lives and improve quality of life for current and future generations. The article noted that in Uruguay, the demographic situation is characterized by an increase of elderly population, a low fertility rate and high numbers of young people migrating abroad. The next census will be held in 2011. This year, the census will address new issues, such us housing, disability, use of communication and information technology and ethnic origin. Read in Spanish: El Pais and Brecha
VENEZUELA: Reporte 360 and El Informador reported on 11 July that with the slogan “Everyone Counts,” UNFPA reiterated its commitment to cooperate y in the generation of data on population dynamics for the formulation of policies and programmes that reduce poverty and ensure that each pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV / AIDS and every girl and woman is treated with dignity respect. Read in Spanish: Reporte 360 and El Informador
VIET NAM: Multiple media outlets reported on 9 and 10 July that a meeting to commemorate the World Population Day 2010 was organized by Ministry of Health, Ha Noi Peoples’ Committee and the United Nations in Viet Nam. At the celebration, UNFPA Deputy Representative Urmila Singh called for concerted efforts from the government, donors, development agencies and civil society organizations to protect the gains achieved so far and continue to push forward on the population issues in the future. ”Our progress to achieve the ICPD Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 must remain a priority. We must join forces to make sure that individual human beings are at the very heart of the development process, to ensure universal access to reproductive health and to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment,” said Ms. Singh. Read in English: Vietnam News Agency VOV News, Viet Nam Plus, Viet Nam News, Women's Views on News and in Vietnamese: Family and Society, VOV News, Health Communication and Education, DT News, Communist Party Online, Peoples' Representative, Peoples' Police, Nan Dan
Multiple media outlets reported on 9 July on an interview with Urmila Singh, UNFPA Deputy Representative, on the occasion of the World Population Day 2010. In the area of reproductive health and family planning, Viet Nam has made substantial progress in expanding reproductive health services, integrating family planning into pre and post-natal care and in HIV prevention, according to the UNFPA Deputy Representative. However, certain population groups, such as young people, migrants and ethnic minorities, have limited access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, including family planning services. In addition, the unusually rapid increase in Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) is a major challenge for Viet Nam. Though the government of Viet Nam has clearly regulated that sex determination of a foetus and abortion for sex selection are illegal, efforts need to be dedicated towards changing couples’ traditional preference for male children, as well as towards empowering women’s position in the family and society as a whole. Read in Vietnamese: Family and Society 2, Peoples' Representative
YEMEN: Multiple media outlets reported on 12 July that Sana'a governorate organized a celebration on the occasion of World Population Day under the theme of “Everyone Counts” in collaboration with the National Population Council and UNFPA. UNFPA’s statement on the occasion was delivered by UNFPA Assistant Representative Himyar Abdulmoghni, and addressed the importance of data for planning and making informed decisions. Data is critical to guide plans, policies and programmes to meet people’s needs and improve their lives, the UNFPA statement said. Only by considering the needs of all women and men, girls and boys, can we achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Yemen, UNFPA statement concluded. Read in Arabic: Yemen TV, Alwahdah, Althawra, 14October, Saba’a, and Al Syasiah
ZIMBABWE: The Standard reported on 11 July on the commemoration of World Population Day and support from UNFPA and other international agencies for the upcoming census, which will be conducted by Zimbabwe’s statistics agency, ZimStat.
The Kathmandu Post reported on 22 June that the Central Bureau of Statistics announced 22 June, 2011 as census day. It also said census will be carried out for 10 days starting 17 June. The announcement was made during a seminar on “population and housing census 2011.” An official website was also launched to provide up-to-date information on the forthcoming census, which can be accessed in Nepali and English languages. The 2011 census, which will be the 11th in the history of Nepal and marks 100 years of census practice in the country, will hold extra significance as the first after massive political changes in the country.
GLOBAL: IRIN reported on 13 June that the new United Nations Joint Action Plan for Women's and Children's Health calls on countries to push the health of women and girls to the front of the queue and create an overarching framework for integrated health systems. A working draft of the plan was presented by Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, at Women Deliver, a global conference in Washington, US, which brought together 3,500 women health professionals and leaders from 150 countries. Read: IRIN
CAMBODIA: Phnom Penh Post reported on 11 June that Women’s Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi has called on world leaders to renew and increase efforts to achieve a global goal to reduce maternal mortality rates, saying the issue should be a focus of the G-8 and G-20 summits later this month. Alice Levisay, Cambodia’s country coordinator for UNFPA, who represented her office at the conference, said in an email to the Post that Cambodia’s maternal mortality rate of 461 per 100,000 live births was the third-highest among countries in the Asia and Pacific region. “Many LDCs [least-developed countries] face the same issues, but Cambodia has particular constraints with infrastructure and human resources given its history,” she said. Read: Phnom Penh Post
CANADA: The Globe and Mail published an editorial on 8 June calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take advantage of the opportunity presented by its planned G8 initiative to become a leader in the effort to improve maternal health around the world. The editorial argued that Mr. Harper should “show real leadership by championing the United Nations Population Fund’s campaign to end fistula – and divert attention away from critics who have spoken out against his controversial decision not to fund abortion programs.” Read: The Globe and Mail
DENMARK: Denmark National Television featured an interview on 7 June with the Crown Princess, a UNFPA patron, on Women Deliver and UNFPA's campaign to eradicate fistula. Watch in Danish: Denmark National Television
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Hoy Digital reported on 8 June on the Women Deliver conference, where Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, underscored the importance of investing in women's and girls’ health, and the economic and social benefits for families, communities and nations when women and girls are healthy. Read in Spanish: Hoy Digital
GHANA: GNA reported on 8 June on two commitments announced at the 2010 Women Deliver conference. Melinda Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute $1.5 billion to efforts to improve maternal and child health over the next five years. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, commended Melinda Gates for the gesture and her commitment to ensure that women and children throughout the world enjoyed the best kind of health. In addition, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented the UN Joint Action Plan on Maternal and Child Health, Ms. Obaid said maternal and newborn mortality alone caused a global loss of 15 billion dollars annually and investing in children’s health would create the foundation for a more productive future workforce. She urged world leaders to invest in women’s reproductive health and rights since it was not only the right thing to do but also smart economics. Read: GNA and GNA
GERMANY: Deutsche Welle reported on 9-10 June on the Women Deliver conference and its major themes. In an interview published 10 June, Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, discussed the human rights dimensions of maternal health and interventions to improve maternal health, noting that "Thoraya Obaid, [the executive director of the UNFPA, says our starting point, our central issue, is human rights of girls and women." Read: Deutsche Welle and in German: Deutsche Welle
GUATEMALA: Cerigua reported on 12 June that health experts, including UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, launched an international call for action during the Women Deliver conference to increase the number of midwives in the world’s poorest countries. Read in Spanish: Cerigua
MONGOLIA: Montsame reported on 9 June that a delegation from Mongolia attended the 2010 Women Deliver conference. Dr. J.Tsolmon, the Vice Minister of Health, one of the delegates from Mongolia, said, “The global Women Deliver conference will be crucial in keeping maternal and reproductive health on the agenda and Mongolia's participation shows that the issue is one of our priorities. With only 5 years to go until 2015 we need to make the right choices for improving maternal and reproductive health.”
MOZAMBIQUE: Weekly Domingo reported on 13 June that global health leaders, meeting at the Women Deliver Conference in Washinghton, DC, called the G-8 and G-20 to increase investment to midwifery services in the developing world. UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, said, “The world needs more midwives now than ever. Countries need to make midwifery a priority in plans and budgets. No woman should die giving life and we need to move from speech lines to budget lines.”
NIGERIA: The Guardian and The Vanguard reported on 8 June on the 2010 Women Deliver conference. Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, was among the First Ladies and 3,000 representatives from an estimated 140 countries attending the Women Deliver 2010 conference. Read: The Vanguard
NIGERIA: The Daily Champion reported on 7 June on the second Women Deliver conference, held 7-9 June in Washington, DC. The article noted that the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA estimate that ensuring access to modern contraception could prevent up to a third of maternal deaths. Read: Daily Champion
PHILIPPINES: The Philippine Inquirer published a column by Rina Jimenez David on 9 June reporting on the 2010 Women Deliver conference, and noting that UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid was among the global health leaders attending the conference. Read: Philippine Inquirer
UNITED STATES/NEPAL: Oneworld.net reported on 7 June that Samita Pradhan, director of the Women's Reproductive Rights Program, (WRRP), was set to "sound the alarm" on uterine prolapse at a panel discussion on the opening day of the 2010 Women Deliver Conference. According to a 2007 study by UNFPA, over 600,000 Nepali women - 10% of all women of reproductive age - are affected. Read: Oneworld.net
UNITED STATES: Politics Daily reported on 10 June on the Women Deliver conference. The article noted that, “According to the U.N. Population Fund, 20 million women have unsafe abortions each year. Of that number, 68,000 die annually from complications. Twenty times that number will have life-complicating consequences. Thirteen percent of maternal deaths are due to unsafe abortion. And 90 percent of abortion-related deaths and consequences could be avoided if women had greater access to contraception and education on contraception.” Read: Politics Daily
UNITED STATES: Ms. Magazine (U.S.) published a three-part series on maternal health in its Spring 2010 issue. It noted that “in Afghanistan, which has a large rural population and where the health infrastructure was destroyed by decades of war, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is working with the Ministry of Health to train midwives and other health personnel who live in rural communities to provide essential obstetric services.” Read: Ms. Magazine
UNITED STATES: NPR reported on 8 June on Women Deliver, in a story that included remarks by Frederica Hanson of UNFPA, who remarked on women's deaths from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, "When these women die, we don't get to know about it. We just bury them silently." Read: NPR
UNITED STATES: Huffington Post published a blog by Rahim Kanani on 6 June on the 2010 Women Deliver conference. Mr. Kanani noted that UNFPA estimates that girls who give birth between the ages of 10 and 14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20 to 24. Girls 15 to 19 are twice as likely to die. Read: Huffington Post
ZIMBABWE: The Standard reported on 12 June that the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives presented a petition for increased investment in midwives. Zimbabwe has a maternal mortality ratio of 725 per 100 000 live births, the highest in the region. This translates to about 2500 women dying each year or 8 deaths a day, according to UNFPA. The petition by the ZCM came at a time when world health leaders are meeting in Washington DC, USA at the Women Deliver Conference also called for the increase in the number of midwives in the developing world to reduce maternal deaths. UNFPA executive director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said, "The world needs midwives now more than ever. Countries need to make midwifery a priority in plans and budgets. No woman should die giving life and we need to move from speech lines to budget lines." Read: The Standard
PTI reported on 18 May that the United Nations has granted $9.3 million as assistance to Nepal to rehabilitate around 4,000 former Maoist combatants through various programmes in the country. The assistance will be used through joint efforts between UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and UNFPA according to the UN office in Nepal. Read: PTI
IRIN reported on 14 April that former female Maoist combatants in Nepal are facing a new fight - reintegrating into their communities and returning to civilian life. Female combatants made up a sizable portion of the Maoist’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), with the party saying a third of the soldiers were women. Women in Nepal face ingrained discrimination because of the country’s traditionally patriarchal nature and can be further disadvantaged depending on their caste, ethnicity and geographic location, according to the UN. Despite recent efforts to address gender inequality through legislation, women are deeply limited in areas such as asset and property ownership, inheritance, income and employment conditions and political representation, as documented by UNFPA. Read: IRIN
Republica and the Himalayan Times reported on 23 March on the formal discharge of 1,614 disqualified Maoist combatants, who are eligible for rehabilitation packages developed by UNICEF, UNFPA and UNDP in consultation with the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction and UCPN-M. A released statement said that financing for the packages is provided from the UN Peace Fund for Nepal, which is supported by the governments of Norway, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Canada and the UN Peace Building Fund. Read: Republica and Himalayan Times
Republica reported on 18 March on a planned, UNFPA-sponsored screening of “Pooja,” a film produced with financial assistance from the European Union, the film explores themes of maternal health, foreign employment, and gender. Read: Republica
Republica reported on 21 February that as the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has started rehearsing for the first ever post war census scheduled for 2011, the government has yet to manage the required financial resources. Major donor agencies, including UNFPA, the Danish International Development Agencies (DANIDA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have not confirmed their financial assistance. Read: Republica
Nepali Times reported on 12 February that according to a report published by the Family Health Division (Ministry of Health and Population), suicide is the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age in Nepal. The article referred to a 2008 report by UNFPA and the NGO Saathi that found over 80 percent of respondents reported experiencing domestic violence from their husbands and other family members. Michiyo Yamada, Gender Programme Officer at UNFPA Nepal said, “Mental violence at home is virtually impossible to prove. But it can be speculated that this could lead to feelings of helplessness and desperate measures." Kiran Bhatia, Gender Advisor at UNFPA (APRO) said, “The upward trend in suicide can be avoided. Every suicide is a cry for help; an unmet need for urgent intervention for a woman who is trapped in a situation where she has reached the limit of her capacity to cope with violence, abuse and discrimination. These women desperately need support.” Read: Nepali Times