The Nation on 28 December reported that Rahnuma-FPAP, in collaboration with UNFPA, held a two-day workshop on maternal and neonatal healthcare services in crisis. Participants called on government agencies to develop a standard operating procedure to ensure better and timely health facilities to women during pregnancy in conflict-stricken and rural districts.
Pakistan Press International on 24 December, the Balochistan Times, Business Recorder, National Herald Tribune, Right Vision News and Financial Daily on 22 December and the Daily Messenger, National Herald Tribune, The Financial Daily, Daily the Post, Pakistan Observer and Daily the Pak Banker on 21 December reported that the regional head office of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), in collaboration with UNFPA, organized a seminar on the promotion of civil registration management systems (CRMS). The seminar highlighted the importance of accurate and reliable population data for devising economic policies and achieving sustainable progress and prosperity. CRMS’ computerize registration of vital events such as birth, death, marriage and divorce. UNFPA representative Muqadir Shah was a speaker at the event.
Daily Times and Pakistan Observer on 12 December reported that a draft senior citizen welfare bill has been prepared. The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD), National Council of Social Welfare (NCSW), HelpAge International and Pakistan National Centre on Ageing (PNCA) jointly organised a stakeholder workshop to finalise the policy for rights of older people in Pakistan and draft the Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2012. Data from the joint UNFPA and HelpAge International report was cited.
Daily Regional Times on 8 December reported on a one-day seminar held on youth’s health issues. The Directorate of Students' Affairs, Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), Khairpur in collaboration with the Department of Youths' Affairs Government of Sindh, United Nations Population Fund and the Pakistan Medical Association organized the seminar.
Daily The Pak Banker on 8 December reported that according to a recent UNFPA report, the level of urbanisation in Pakistan is now the highest in South Asia, and its urban population is likely to equal its rural population by 2030. Pakistan is urbanizing faster than India. From 1975 to 1995, Pakistan grew 10 percent while India grew six percent.
Right Vision News on 3 December and Daily the Pak Banker on 2 December reported that Chanan Development Association in collaboration with Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER), Global Fund for Children, MTV Staying Alive Foundation and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized an "awareness seminar" to commemorate World AIDS Day 2012. A large number of young people and representatives of civil society, media persons and government officials participated in the event.
Right Vision News on 21 November and Daily the Pak Banker on 20 November reported on a seminar entitled “Role of Family Planning in View of Islam for the Betterment of the Country.” During the meeting, speakers stressed the need to control the rapid population growth. The seminar was jointly organised by the Mir Khalilur Rahman Memorial Society (Jang Group of Newspapers), the Population Welfare Department Punjab and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Right Vision News and The Balochistan Times on 11 June reported that the Sindh government is in the process of framing a youth policy that would reflect a true need assessment of youth and “put forth an effective implementation plan with monitoring and evaluation to realise the objectives for youth development in letter and spirit in the province.” UNFPA Deputy Representative Yu Yu said that the UNFPA would offer technical and financial support for the policy.
The News reported on 13 October that in response to the government’s call for assistance, UNFPA activated lifesaving humanitarian activities for flood victims. “UNFPA estimates 1.4 million women and girls of childbearing age in the 8 most severely affected districts in Sindh require immediate access to reproductive health services. Of them, over 160,000 pregnant women require lifesaving services in the next 6 months.” Read in English: The News
Pakistan Today on 29 September reported on the start of the Asian Youth Peace Conference and Festival. "UNFPA Youth Officer Sadia Ata Mahmood said youth was the most desirable segment of the society to bring about a real change in economic, social and academic conditions of the society" and encouraged the participants to enthusiastically play a role in bringing about change in the world. Read in English: Pakistan Today
Pakistan Today reported on 27 September on a national seminar held for World Contraception Day aimed at “spreading awareness among young people about their rights to access to correct and impartial information about contraception in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).” The seminar was organized by the Planning and Development Division (P&DD) Pakistan in collaboration with the USAID and UNFPA. Read in English: Pakistan Today
The Express Tribune reported on 16 September on the flooding in Pakistan. UNFPA estimates that of the one million women affected by the floods, 100,000 are pregnant and 350 will go into labour everyday. Read in English: The Express Tribune
The Oman Tribune on 20 September reported that the government, with the help of UNFPA, launched the National Trust for Population Welfare, which provides food supplements to 16,000 pregnant women and to mothers who are feeding their babies. Read in English: Oman Tribune
The Philippine Star reported on 18 September that an estimated 115,000 pregnant women are among 1.2 million women affected by the floods in southern Pakistan. “The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA - Pakistan) office warned that many of these women who were already severely anemic will be even more prone to complications of pregnancy and delivery. With the continuing rains and stagnating water, pregnant women and newborns living in open air are increasingly exposed to malaria and dengue, said UNFPA.” Read in English: The Philippine Star
The Express Tribune reported on 19 August on a fistula conference organized by the Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health (PNFWH), the United Nations Population Fund and Gawaahi.com. The conference featured the screening of a documentary, “Maen Jioungi Saw Uttha Kay’ depicting the story of a young girl who suffered from fistula. The screening was followed by a discussion on raising awareness. Read in English: The Express Tribune
The News International reported on 6 August that the 2010 floods brought to the forefront, women living in rural and underprivileged areas of Pakistan affecting an estimated 500,000 pregnant mothers among the 20 million people. Their vulnerability was further exacerbated by malnutrition, trauma and fatigue due to long journeys to safer areas or camps, and by subsequent poor hygiene. These shocking figures were released by UNFPA in a press release. According to UNFPA, current maternal mortality figures show that one out of every 89 Pakistani women will die of maternal causes, whereas complications of childbirth still account for one fifth of deaths among women of childbearing age. Read: The News International
Pakistan Observer reported on 2 August that one year after Pakistan’s worst flooding in decades, UNFPA continues to deliver comprehensive reproductive health care services as part of its humanitarian response. In August 2010, the Fund’s immediate response after the floods struck was to support basic reproductive health services for the displaced. Now, during the recovery phase, the Fund is focusing on upgrading health facilities to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care. Read: Pakistan Observer
The Express Tribune reported on 1 August that flood survivors who returned home a year ago are still in dire need of improved health facilities, UNFPA has said. “There is a need to provide services at no or minimal cost as those who have returned cannot afford out-of-pocket health expenses,” said Jameel Chaudhry, UNFPA’s provincial coordination officer in Punjab. “The purchasing power of those affected by the flood has decreased significantly.” Read: The Express Tribune
Right Vision News reported on 2 August that one out of every 89 Pakistani women, faces death from maternal causes, whereas complications of childbirth still account for one fifth of deaths among women of childbearing age, according to current available maternal mortality figures. Given the immense needs, UNFPA in collaboration with the government and civil society partners started to deliver urgently needed maternal health services through mobile service units as part of an outreach programme for areas that had no facilities, said a press release issued today. Damaged health facilities were refurbished and female healthcare providers were recruited to restart basic services.
Dawn reported on 30 July that highlighting the role of midwives in the improvement of maternal health, senior health professionals urged the government to ensure a significant increase in the number of health workers equipped with midwifery skills in the country. Speaking at a press conference, they said that trained midwives could not only make pregnancies normal and safer, but also timely identify complications, if there were any, that needed medical specialists’ intervention, particularly in rural areas. The press conference, which was led by Shershah Syed, was held in connection with the launch of a teleplay on maternal health produced by Tehrik-i-Niswan in collaboration with the Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health and UNFPA. Read: Dawn
The Daily Times reported on 26 July that the Department of Youth Affairs, Sindh and UNFPA coordinated a round table youth discussion on 28 July. Read: The Daily Times
COMOROS: Al Balad reported on 21 July that Comoros celebrated World Population Day on 18 July at Mrijou-Anjouan. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Vice-President, the Minister of Health, the UN System Resident Coordinator, the Assistant Representative of UNFPA and the authorities of the island and the region Nioumakelé. It is women who responded overwhelmingly to the invitation of the Directorate General of the population of the island of Anjouan.
GABON: L'Union reported on 18 July on the celebration of World Population Day 2011 under the theme "Youth: Building the future," presided over by Youth Minister Rene Ndemezo' Obiang. Activities of the day included exhibitions, a fair, HIV voluntary testing and counselling, reproductive health sensitization, etc. Deputy Country Director Mariama Darboe Diop said, "Youth is the future of mankind. By involving youth and women, we can build a better world."
GUINEA-BISSAU: Nô Pintcha reported on 14 July that Guinea-Bissau celebrated World Population Day with a public event attended by the Economic, Planning and Regional Integration Minister, Partners and national authorities. The Representative of UNICEF read the message of the General Secretary of United Nations delivered and Bouri Jean Victor Sanhouidi, Representative a.i. of UNFPA/Guinea-Bissau delivered the message of the Executive Director of the UNFPA.
NICARAGUA: La Prensa and Bolsa de Noticias reported on 18-21 July that on the occasion of the World Population Day, the UNFPA launched a call for reflection with the challenge of a population of seven billion. Read in Spanish: La Prensa
PAKISTAN: PLUS News reported on 19 July that World Population Day was observed in the provincial capital as elsewhere in the country to create awareness among the masses about global population issues. The Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP), a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), joins its federation in the call for a renewed focus on the reproductive health of the `bottom billion` -- the poorest and the most vulnerable people, many of whom are young and female. Rahnuma FPAP president Mahtab Rashdi will moderate a discussion panel and Syed Kamal Shah will be one of the panelists. Other key players are UNFPA, Marie Stopes Society, Shirkat Gah and Green Star Social Marketing.
SIERRA LEONE: For Di People Newspaper reported on 22 July that UNFPA on July 11 celebrated World Population Day and launched the “7 Billion Actions” campaign. The day was commemorated in all regions of Sierra Leone, commencing with a march of school children, youth groups, women’s groups, partners of UNFPA, government officials and a cross section of some UN agencies in Sierra Leone. Speaking at the ceremony held in Makeni, the Northern Province headquarter town, the representative of Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, Edna O. Palmer congratulated UNFPA and revealed that Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, to kick off their contribution to the 7 billion actions, will offer free family planning services to everybody who visits their clinics in all their locations in the country from 11-16 July 2011. She called on all decisionmakers to come onboard this laudable initiative and do something for a better Sierra Leone.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Korea Times reported on 18 July that “In every blink of your eyes, the population grows by two to three persons. The world's population is expected to hit the 7 billion on Oct. 31. It took only 71 years to triple to 6 billion in 1998, compared to 123 years to double to 2 billion in 1927. The world's population was 1 billion 200 years ago. Such a steep increase of the population has been casting a dark shadow over the future of Earth. 'There has been no species that has ever crowded Earth rapidly like this,' said Robert Engelman, executive director of Worldwatch Institute. 'Shortage of energy and food would be a great problem.'” Read: Korea Times
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
Multiple media outlets published a blog post on 6 and 10 July by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin on the launch of the Seven Billion Actions Campaign on 11 July. He wrote, “UNFPA is launching a global campaign called Seven Billion Actions to create a more just and sustainable world. Currently about 78 million people are added to global population each year, increasing demand for natural resources and putting increased pressure on our planet. While poverty, inequality and increased stress on resources represent major challenges, the world is more interconnected than ever before, creating enormous possibilities. We now have new and unprecedented capacity to share information and ideas, and engage communities across the globe to solve problems that affect us.” Read: The Independent (UK) and The Observer (Uganda)
IPS reported on 7 July that the United Nations commemorates World Population Day next week 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: an eight billion population over the next 14 years. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA, said that seven billion represents a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action. On World Population Day, he will be 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," he added. Read: IPS and in Spanish: IPS
BRAZIL: Multiple media outlets reported on 9 and 10 July on UNFPA’s Seven Billion Actions campaign and World Population Day. The initiative aims to highlight the role of each person and institution in building a better world, sharing stories and individual or collective actions to respond to current challenges such as overcoming poverty and to discuss the role of youth in building the future, among other goals. The campaign refers to the world population of seven billion people to be reached in October. UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, is quoted saying that in order to reduce inequalities and improve the quality of life a new, unprecedented global cooperation must be established. "The time to act is now. The individual actions, multiplied many times, can make a world of difference. Together we are seven billion people counting on each other." Read in Portuguese: Agencia Brasil and Jornal a Cidade
CANADA: CBC reported on 10 July that "Whether we can live together on a healthy planet will depend on the decisions we make now," Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA, said in a news release. Dr. Osotimehin adds that 215 million women in developing countries don't have access to effective family planning. That's part of the message for World Population Day. UNFPA and its partners are kicking off a campaign to raise awareness of the seven key issues they've identified as the most important as the world's population hits seven billion. Read: CBC
COLOMBIA: Colprensa reported on 9 July on preparations for World Population Day, including an interview with Paulo Javier Lara, UNFPA Population and Development Advisor, who discussed steps to take advantage of the global demographic situation. Read in Spanish: Colprensa
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Les Depeches de Brazzaville reported on 9 July on a call by UNFPA to national leaders to reflect on the theme of World Population Day 2011, “A World at 7 Billion inhabitants.” UNFPA announced a series of activities from 11-14 July in four provincial capitals of the country: Brazzaville, Ewo, Loango and Pointe-Noire. Activities were to include high-level debates, television and media sensitization programmes; and health and vulnerable populations-focused activities. UNFPA also pointed out that that youth was the largest segment of the world population and its future. Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville
CUBA: Multiple media outlets reported on 6-10 July on preparations for World Population Day and statements by UNFPA officials in Cuba. The international coordinator of UNFPA in Cuba, Jesus Robles, extolled Cuba’s social policy in terms of the well-being of the population and their rights, and coverage also noted the youth focus of this year’s World Population Day. Read: Radio Cadena Agramonte, Cuba News, Juventud Rebelde, AIN, Prensa Latina, Trabajadores, Xinhua, Tiempo 21, Prensa Latina, Juventud Rebelde (a), Juventud Rebelde (b), Radio Rebelde and Radio Reloj
Multiple media reported between 3-10 July that Cuban singer David Torrens was to hold a concert on 10 July to mark the World Population Day in a downtown facility. The “troubadour” gave his image and music "to help UNFPA in whatever it needed" and transmit the messages "about family planning, women's equality, the promotion of humanistic values in young people and care for the environment." Read in Spanish: Tribuna de la Habana
GEORGIA: Interpress news, and Georgia Today reported on 7 and 8 July on World Population Day and published statements by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Read: Georgia Today and Interpressnews
GUYANA: Guyana Chronicle reported on 10 July that the world´s population is projected to reach seven billion on 31 October this year. To raise awareness and engage the public, UNFPA launched “7 Billion Actions,” a global movement geared to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by a world of seven billion people, and mobilize individuals to take action in their community. Read: Guyana Chronicle
HONDURAS: La Prensa, La Tribuna reported on 8 July on UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin’s statement marking World Population Day and other UNFPA activities marking the year of seven billion. Read in Spanish: La Prensa and La Tribuna
INDONESIA: The Jakarta Globe reported on 7 July that with the United Nations warning of rapid world population growth, experts are calling on the government to increase people’s awareness of and access to family planning services. “The government should be able to guarantee that every family has access to birth control and that people from every region get the same service at facilities,” said Sonny Harmadi, director of the University of Indonesia’s Demographic Institute. UNFPA said that the world’s population would reach seven billion by the end of October. Indonesia ranked fifth in population growth rate after India, China, Nigeria and Pakistan, with four million babies born every year and approximately 700,000 deaths a year. Read: The Jakarta Globe
JORDAN: Al Ghad reported on 7 July on preparations for World Population Day. Read in Arabic: Al Ghad
LEBANON: Multiple media outlets reported on 7-10 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 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Coverage also included an interview with UNFPA Assistant Representative Asma Kurdahi, who discussed population and development issues in Lebanon. Read in Arabic: Al Mustaqbal, Houna Loubnan, 3poli, Al Mustaqbal, Al Balad (page 11), National News Agency, Lebanon Chat, El Nashra, UPI, Dar Al Hayat, Reuters and Al Balad
MOZAMBIQUE: TVM (Cabo Delgado) and Notícias reported on 8 July that World Population Day in Mozambique will be celebrated in the district of Montepuez, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. Both reports noted that the World Population Day celebration is jointly organized by the Ministry of Planning and Development and UNFPA. TVM mentioned that Eliseu Machava, the provincial governor, will be joined in the event by the deputy minister of planning and development, Amélia Nakhare, and UNFPA Representative Patricia Guzman.
PAKISTAN: The News International reported on 8 July on the upcoming celebration of World Population Day, noting that in 1968 world leaders proclaimed that individuals had a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. About 40 years later modern contraception remains out of reach for millions of women, men and young people. The UN authorized the event as a vehicle to build an awareness of population issues and the impact they have on development and the environment. Since then, with UNFPA’s encouragement, governments, non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals organize various educational activities to celebrate the annual event. Read: The News International
PARAGUAY: Radio Nanduti featured an interview on 10 July with UNFPA Population and Development Officer, Aldo Natalizia on World Population Day. Among the issues discussed were poverty, water and food shortages, urban planning, as well as the high rate of maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy. Watch in Spanish: Radio Nanduti (Part 1) and Radio Nanduti (Part 2)
Multiple media outlets reported on 9 of July that this year the number of people in the world will reach 7 billion and this will present new challenges for sustainable development. In commemoration of World Population Day, on Monday, 11 July, Aldo Natalizia Officer of Population and Development, UNFPA Paraguay reflected on how this process affects the world population and in particular the country, “where 1 in 3 people are poor”. Read in Spanish: IP Paraguay
QATAR: QNA reported on 10 July that UNFPA is preparing for the launch of a global campaign called Seven Billion Actions to create a more just and sustainable world. World population is estimated to hit seven billion by late October this year, says a UN report. The report suggests a fertility and population growth rate decline in most countries in contrast to least developed countries where the trend is opposite.
SRI LANKA: The Sunday Observer reported on 10 July that if you ask the question 'How many people inhabit Planet Earth?' the standard answer is 'six billion people'. But from 31 October, the answer would be seven billion. Yes, the world will be having one billion extra mouths to feed after October. (Around 80 million are added to the world population every year). This is especially interesting to us here in Sri Lanka, which will be conducting a census this year. This year's World Population Day, which falls on 11 July is even more significant in the light of this global milestone. UNFPA, the lead agency of the UN for World Population Day calls it a challenge as well as an opportunity. The UNFPA is launching a global campaign called Seven Billion Actions to create a more sustainable world with the tagline "We are seven billion people counting on each other." Incidentally, 1.8 billion of them are aged 10-24. Just 25 years ago, the world population was five billion. In fact, World Population Day is an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July, 1987. The Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme later recommended that 11 July, be observed as World Population Day.
TAJIKISTAN: Asia-Plus reported on 9 July that on the occasion of World Population Day, the UNFPA country office in Tajikistan was to hold a news conference in cooperation with the Agency for Statistics under the President of Tajikistan. Read: Asia-Plus
TANZANIA: The Guardian and The Sunday News reported on 9 and 10 July on the projected timeline for the global population to reach seven billion as well as events n World Population Day. Events to be held in Tanzania included a youth forum, and articles also reported on remarks by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin’s statement marking World Population Day and recent remarks calling for more engagement of men in family planning and reproductive health issues.
UGANDA: The Observer and the New Vision published on 10 July UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin's statement on World Population Day. He wrote, “This year’s World Population Day falls during a milestone year, when we anticipate the birth of the earth’s seven billionth inhabitant. This is an opportunity to celebrate our common humanity and our diversity. It is also a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for each other and our planet. Reaching a global population of seven billion is a numerical landmark, but our focus should always be on people. That is why I am pleased that the United Nations Population Fund is giving meaning to the number by launching its campaign for “Seven Billion Actions” to contribute to a better world. More than ever, individuals can make a difference by uniting together through social networks and working for change. We have seen many examples this year of the immense power of people to embrace hope over despair, to seek fair treatment where they are suffering discrimination, and to demand justice over tyranny.” Read: New Vision
The Observer reported on 10 July that to mark this year’s World Population Day, UNFPA and the Population Secretariat in Kampala have highlighted seven key population issues they say countries with high population growth rates such as Uganda must give serious consideration. These include involving youth in planning and decision-making; keeping girls in schools; involving males in family planning; and ensuring that every pregnancy is wanted and safe. Others are focusing on youth skills and development; ensuring a healthy environment for the people and their environment; and planning for urbanization. Read: The Observer
The New Vision reported on 7 July that Kayunga district will host this year's national celebrations to mark World Population Day on 11 July. Uganda will commemorate the day under the theme "Uganda at 33 million: Time to act." The event, organised by the Population Secretariat and UNFPA, will take place at Ndeeba Church of Uganda Primary School. Uganda's population currently stands at 33 million.
UNITED STATES: The Huffington Post published a blog by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Ostomehin on 7 July arguing for greater investment in adolescents and young people as the world population reaches seven billion. He wrote, “In a few days' time, world leaders and policy makers will convene at the United Nations for a special summit on young people. Given recent developments in many parts of the world, such a meeting is timely. . . Overall, people are living longer, healthier lives, and many couples are choosing to have fewer children. But we are faced with the largest ever group of potential parents. And great disparities exist between countries. While many wealthy and middle-income nations are concerned with low fertility rates and ageing citizens, the world's poorest nations struggle to meet the needs of young and rapidly growing populations. I am particularly concerned about the future of adolescents and youth: how can we ensure that younger generations inherit a world worth living in? The world's 1.8 billion young people aged 10 to 24 constitute more than a quarter of the world's population. Just below 90 percent live in developing countries. As parents of the next generation, their choices will help determine future population trends.” Read: The Huffington Post
URUGUAY: El País, La República, La Republiva and Causa Abierta reported on 8-10 July that on the upcoming World Population Day and launch of the Seven Billion Actions campaign, as well as issues related to census and other population statistics in Uruguay. Read in Spanish: El Pais (a), El Pais (b), La Republica and Causa Abierta
VENEZUELA: VTV reported on 8 July on UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin’s statement marking World Population Day on 11 July. Dr. Osotimehin said that to reduce inequities and improve the living standards of people living today and for generations to come, it will be necessary to adopt new ways of thinking and establish an unprecedented global partnership. Read in Spanish: VTV
YEMEN: Al-Thawra reported on 7 and 10 July on World Population Day, focusing on the preparation of Yemen, represented in the National Population Council, to mark World Population Day and the UNFPA campaign “Seven Billion Actions” and what it means to live in a world of seven billion. Read in Arabic: Al Thawra (10 July) and Al Thawra (7 July)
The Pakistan Observer reported on 6 July that Sohail Ahmad, Secretary of the Planning and Development Division, has launched the first Logistics and Procurement Cell with the support of USAID. USAID Pakistan is providing the supply chain and logistics support to the Government of Pakistan through the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT which began operations in August 2009. The project works closely with the Planning and Development division of Pakistan, Provincial and Regional Departments of Health and Population, UNFPA and NGOs to ensure contraceptive commodity availability at each level of the health supply chain. USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, forged partnerships across public and private sectors and the logistics and procurement cell developed towards sustainability and capacity building of Pakistan’s health and population sector. Read: The Pakistan Observer
Right Vision noted in an article on 19 June on remittances that a 2006 UNFPA study looked at 74 low and middle income developing countries and found that there is a statistically significant correlation between remittances and decline in poverty. It noted that a 10 per cent rise in the share of remittance in a country's GDP can lead to a 1.2 per cent reduction in poverty. Moreover, a 10 per cent increase of migrant flow from the sending country will lead to a 1.6 per cent decline in the share of people living on less than $1 a day.
FRANCE: AFP reported on 14 June that "States have an obligation to ensure that these injustices are addressed without exposing women to the risk of death or serious injury by denying them access to needed services such as safe abortion to the full extent of the law, and other healthcare services," said the UN agencies. The five agencies, including Unicef, the World Health Organisation, UN Women, OHCHR and UNFPA released the statement after studying the evidence behind this preference for sons in many parts of Asia. Read: AFP
INDIA: The Hindustan Times reported on 14 June that in an indictment that mirrors the inferior position of women in Indian society, five United Nations agencies have said in a joint statement that preference for sons in many parts of Asia perpetuates a culture of discrimination and violence against women which should be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society. “There is huge pressure on women to produce sons…which not only directly affects women’s reproductive decisions, with implications for their health and survival, but also puts women in a position where they must perpetuate the lower status of girls through son preference," said the statement issued jointly by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO. Read: Hindustan Times
PAKISTAN: APP reported on 14 June that five UN agencies have banded together to call for urgently addressing gender-biased sex selection favouring boys, a common practice in many parts of South, East and Central Asia that they say fuels a culture of discrimination and violence. “Sex selection in favour of boys is a symptom of pervasive social, cultural, political and economic injustices against women, and a manifest violation of women’s human rights,” says a statement issued by the agencies, which have reviewed the evidence behind the causes, consequences and lessons learned regarding ‘son preference.’ “There is huge pressure on women to produce sons which not only directly affects women’s reproductive decisions, with implications for their health and survival, but also puts women in a position where they must perpetuate the lower status of girls through son preference,” they say. “It is also women who have to bear the consequences of giving birth to an unwanted girl child. These consequences can include violence, abandonment, divorce or even death,” according to OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO. Read: APP
UNITED STATES: Ms. reported on 15 June that UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and OHCHR issued a statement examining causes and consequences of gender-based sex selection. In South, East and Central Asian countries, the sex ratio imbalances are growing and can be as skewed as 130 males per every 100 females. By contrast, the normal sex ratio is 102-106 males per every 100 females born. Read: Ms.
Right Vision reported on 10 June that although the military commander of the area has denied any immediate plan to launch an operation against militants in North Waziristan, civil departments and United Nations agencies are preparing for an influx of displaced persons from the area. "It has been decided to establish a big camp in Domail area of Bannu district that can accommodate 265,000 persons from North Waziristan Agency," officials of UN agencies told media here. They said a contingency plan was chalked out after a meeting of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, World Health Organization, UNICEF, World Food Programme, UNFPA, UNHCR and representatives of health and other line departments of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, updating them on the situation on 8 June.
Associated Press of Pakistan reported on 8 June that UN-HABITAT and the UNFPA with the co-coordination of the Population Census Organization of Pakistan (PCO) have initiated a programme for capacity building of workers. According to a PCO press release issued on Wednesday, the focus will be to enhance and develop the capacity of the existing GIS system for the PCO Offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. Read: Associated Press of Pakistan
Right Vision reported on 2 June that speakers at a recent seminar emphasized the need for improving psychosocial support service for disaster affected communities and urged collaborative efforts so that all disaster preparedness programmes incorporate psychosocial support as a critical component. UNFPA Representative Devanna De La Puet, speaking on the occasion, said that rates of gender-based violence rise in post-disaster communities. She said that the aid agencies working on psychosocial support and development need to develop specific programmes and build their capacities to focus on GBV.
Associated Press of Pakistan reported on 24 May on the launch of the UN’s Inter-agency Gender-Based Violence Capacity Development Project in Pakistan. The inter-agency project will build the capacity and knowledge of humanitarian staff who address gender-based violence (GBV) and raise awareness among other humanitarian actors who have an influence on GBV prevention and response actions in humanitarian contexts. In May 2010, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNHCR were awarded a grant by the European Commission to support multi-faceted capacity development in nine countries experiencing a humanitarian crisis. Read: Associated Press of Pakistan
The News reported on 16 May that despite an apparent financial crunch in the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) programme, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, funds are allegedly being disbursed amongst the close relatives and friends of the high-ups of the programme. The article noted that UNFPA offered a comprehensive programme for flood-affected districts. However, they were forced to shelve the project for increasing unlawful demands of the project coordinator. Financial embezzlement and violations of rules in appointments at the MNCH was also raised in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. Read: The News
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.
Right Vision News reported on 6 May that a public dialogue held by the National Commission for Human Development raised the critical need to invest time, energy, thought and funding in girls' and women's education, especially as it is directly linked with the overall progress of the nation. The seminar, marking Global Action Week 2011 on Education for All, highlighted that 73 per cent of boys are enrolled in school, as compared to only 57 per cent of girls in Pakistan. Even when enrolled, girls are less likely to complete primary education, due to poverty, traditions and lack of protection. According to UNFPA statistics, women perform 66 per cent of the world's work and help to produce 50 per cent of global food output; but earn less than 10 per cent of the global income and own just one per cent of the global property stock.