Villarrica online.com reported on 7 May that in developing countries it is important to strengthen reproductive health services because, according to the UNFPA, investment in midwives is key to preventing maternal deaths. Trained midwives can prevent the deaths of approximately 300,000 poor women each year in developing countries and about two million newborns. Read in Spanish: Villarrica online.com
Multiple media outlets reported on 6 May that investing in midwives is key to preventing maternal deaths. The outlets highlighted that about 222 million women have no access to modern family planning methods to prevent abortion. Therefore, UNFPA and ICM urged governments to work together to close the gap in the lack of access to midwifery services and encouraged them to support quality training, innovative technologies and creating enabling environments for midwives to meet the vital functions they play in communities and societies, especially in developing countries. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti, Neike, PPN
Multiple media reported from 3 to 5 May on the importance of investing in midwives, in the context of International Midwives Day. They emphasized that UNFPA and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) highlighted the work of midwives and their contribution to the wellbeing of women and children around the world. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, said that "we need to invest in human resources for health, especially midwifery, as this is one of the most beneficial investments a country can make to accelerate their progress." Read more in Spanish: La Nación Digital, Diario ABC Color, P y N, Enlace Global, Frontera CDE.
La Nación announced on 9 April that the candidates for President of the Republic by the Frente Guasu, Aníbal Carrillo, and Kuña Pyrenda, Lilian Soto, signed the 20 commitments to improve the quantity and efficiency of investment in childhood and adolescence. The document contains 20 specific actions to be implemented by the next government to strengthen the National System of Integral Promotion and Protection, reduce infant mortality, improve the quality of education, protect against abuse trafficking and exploitation, and introduce measures for specific vulnerable populations, such as early childhood, adolescents, children with disabilities, indigenous and Afro. Read in Spanish: La Nación
La Nación reported on 9 April that the candidates for the Presidency and the Vice Presidency by movement Paraguay Alegre, Efraín Alegre and Rafael Filizzola, signed 20 commitments to improve the quantity and efficiency of investment in childhood and adolescence. This activity is part of the "Ask your candidate," UNICEF promoted to the Front for Children and Adolescents, which is composed of UNFPA, Association Trinidad, ICDR, CDIA, Dequení, CCFC, Teleton, Global Children together for Education, Paraguay Educa, Paraguay Plan, Save the Children and UNICEF. Read in Spanish: La Nación
Ñanduti reported on its website on 20 March, the results of the Joint Opportunities Youth, Employment and Migration Initiative. The initiative is funded by the Fund for the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F) and engages the Ministry of Finance, Justice and Labour, Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture and Women, the Ministry of Planningand the Vice Ministry of Youth, UNDP, ILO, UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA. The main objectives of the initiative are to promote income generating capacity and employment for the young and vulnerable, create favorable conditions for the use of remittances and access to information for potential migrants, and explore strategies for youth domestic employment. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti
ABC Colour reported in its print edition on 18 March that in Paraguay, according to 2008 data, 538 births were to girls aged 10-13 years, and 191 to adolescents aged 14-19 years. 52% of women aged 15-19 reported being sexually active. This data was released by UNFPA. Dr. Adriane Salinas, UNFPA's reproductive health officer, said that "in our country, a large proportion of adolescents are exposed to high levels of vulnerability, resulting from poor access to education and information, poverty, situations of violence as girls, and informal work and homeless.” Read in Spanish: ABC Colour
Multiple media outlets reported between 15 and 16 March on a workshop in which technicians worked on a questionnaire for the survey of informal settlements. The survey was developed by the organization A Roof for My Country (Roof-Paraguay). Opening the meeting, which was supported by UNFPA, UNFPA Assistant Representative Manuela Escobar Argaña, emphasized that in the ICPD, held in 1994, there was talk of settlements as a problem that must be addressed with public policy. Read in Spanish: PPN, SC Noticias, Villarrica online.com
Multiple media reported from 4 to 8 March on statements by Dr. Adriane Salinas, a reproductive health officer for UNFPA as part of International Women's Day. The expert said that the increasingly early beginning of sexual activity, violence, poor access to information and services for sexual and reproductive health has resulted in adolescents exposed to early pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Dr. Salinas said that at 15 to 19 the risk of maternal death, while for those less than 15 years, the likelihood of death during pregnancy, childbirth or suffering from postpartum depression is five time higher than that of an adult woman. Read in Spanish: La Nación, Portal Paraguayo de Noticias, Radio Ñanduti, Diario ABC Colour, Radio Ñanduti, Radio Cáritas
PPN announced on 15 February that the Front for Children and Adolescents initiative, which is part of UNFPA, will meet with the technical teams of the presidential candidates to promote issues of importance to children and adolescents. The goal is that candidates of the next general election include youth, which make up 40% of the population, in their agendas and proposed government programmes. Read in Spanish: PPN
ABC Colour reported on 12 February that a group of teenagers, from the organization Young Presence which works on peer education, conduct a radio program which airs every Saturday on the local station. They address issues related to sexual and reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS and other topics of interest to boys and girls. This venture is supported by the NGO Kuña Roga and UNFPA. Read in Spanish: ABC
PPN reported on 26 December that the Kamba Cua Group, a member of the Network of Afrodescendants Paraguayan, will celebrate its traditional cultural festival, on 5 January, and invites everyone to participate in the event. This announcement was made at a press conference organized by UNIC. During 2011, the International Year of People of Afrodescendants, the ONU agencies, including UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP, promoted several activities with the Afro Network, . Read in Spanish: PPN
Multiple media outlets reported from 3-5 December on a journalist breakfast hosted by the Front for Children and Adolescents, an initiative composed of 13 international and civil society organizations, including UNFPA. The Front calls on citizens to learn about the candidates proposals on improving the quality of life for adolescents and infants before voting in 2013.
During the breakfast, Manuela Escobar Argaña, Assistant Representative of UNFPA, emphasized the importance of thinking with stakeholders about the consequences of not properly addressing the country's demographic dividend and presented a video the demographic divident concept. Read and watch in Spanish: La Nación, Radio Ñanduti, SC noticias, abctv, ABC Color, La Nación, SC noticias, Última Hora, RGS
Última Hora reported on 28 November that, according to UNFPA expert Paulo Lara, city land use planning is essential to the public welfare and to help improve the incomes of the municipalities. Lara was one of the speakers at a seminar on guidelines for territorial, municipal authorities targeting eight districts in the interior of Paraguay. The meeting was organized by UNFPA field offices in Paraguay and Colombia, the External University of Colombia, the German Agency for International Development Cooperation and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development. Read inSpanish: Última Hora
PPN reported on 24 November on the "Guide for the Planning of Municipalities in Paraguay" and a seminar, "Municipal Experiences in Development Plans and Guidelines for the Land," to take place on 27 November to train local experts in population and land management. The training was developed with the support of UNFPA field offices in Paraguay and Colombia, and was supported by the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Environment, the Spanish International Cooperation for Development and the German Agency for International Development Cooperation.
AUSTRALIA: ABC Radio Australia on 15 November featured an interview with William Ryan, UNFPA's regional communications adviser for Asia and the Pacific, to discuss the 2012 UNFPA report entitled, "By Choice, Not By Chance." Read and listen in English: ABC Radio Australia
BELARUS: Multiple media outlets from 13-15 November reported on the release of the State of the World Population report. UNFPA experts have concluded that women who use contraceptives, tend to have better health, better education and better-paid career. As stated by UNFPA, the availability of contraceptives should not be a privilege, but a right for any person. Read in Russian: Belfamily, Femina.by, rosbalt.ru
BRAZIL: O Globo and G1 published on 14 November that Brazil ranked 79 among 188 countries and territories in terms of maternal mortality rate, remaining among the countries with the highest rate of women dying during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, according to UNFPA’s State of the World Population 2012 report. With 56 women dying for every 100,000 live births - in last year's report, this rate was 58 - Brazil is behind nations like China, with a rate of 37; Iran, 21; and Turkey, 20. A special envoy was sent to Quito, Ecuador, to cover the launching of the report, which addressed family planning this year. In terms of adolescent pregnancy, the Brazilian situation (79 births per thousand women aged 15 to 19 years) is slightly better than the average for Latin America and the Caribbean: 71 births every thousand. The UNFPA report warned that 222 million women in developing countries have no access to contraception methods such as the pill. UNFPA also estimates that 80 million women have been victims of unwanted pregnancy through the end of 2012. Read in Portuguese: O Globo/G1, Agencia Brasil, Terra Portal, R7 Portal, BBC Brasil
CAMBODIA: The Phnom Penh Post reported on 19 November that,according to a UN report, additional investments in family planning yield economic benefits and would save developing countries more than US$ 11 billion annually. Better access to family planning in developing countries would reduce costs for maternal and newborn health care. “This applies also to Cambodia,” UNFPA Representative Marc Derveeuw said. “The clear economic gains from investment in reproductive health including family planning benefits the country economy as a whole through the reductions in healthcare-related costs incurred by maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and mortality." Read in English: The Phnom Penh Post
CANADA: The Globe and Mail on 15 November reported on the release of the State of the World Population report. The report, “calling on developed countries to invest massively in family planning is raising questions about Canada's international aid priorities as its landmark Muskoka Initiative on maternal and child health enters its third year…despite a $1.1-billion commitment to maternal and child health over five years, Canada's aid agency does not place a significant emphasis on family planning.”
COSTA RICA: Several media outlets reported from 14 to 19 November, on the launch of the State of the World Population 2012. “The report draws attention to an issue that has been neglected because almost no one would question that the right to family planning is a human right and that everyone has the right to exercise it. However, about 222 million women who are of reproductive age in the world, have an unmet need for family planning, this means about one of four women are not having access to contraception,” said Oscar Valverde, UNFPA’s Reproductive Health Officer. Listen in Spanish: Nuestra Voz, Radio Monumental, Radio ADN, Noticias Radio Nacional, Noticias Radio Nacional, Watch in Spanish: Canal 11, Canal 42 T.V, Telenoticias, Canal 7, RTN Noticias, Canal 13, Read in Spanish: La Nación, La Prensa Libre, Al Día, La Nación, Aldea Global, , La Nación, Sección Internacionales.
DENMARK: Politiken reported on 14 November that USD 5.7 billion could be saved by increasing access to family planning according to UNFPA’s SWOP report. Read in Danish: Politiken
Politiken featured an op-ed by UNFPA Executive Director on 19 November, in which the Executive Director states that providing women in developing countries access to family planning is not only a basic human right, but also an effective investment in economic growth and development.
Kristeligt Dagblad published an article on 16 November stressing that access to contraceptives is a human right. The newspaper further quotes a philosopher arguing that this statement might be considered as controversial. Read in Danish: Kristeligt Dagblad
Kristlig Dagblad published a comprehensive interview with UNFPA Executive Director on 21 November, highlighting that it is a human right for women to decide how many children they want. Read in Danish: Kristeligt Dagblad
Berlingske published an article on 17 November under the headline: There is a need for USD 4.6 billion to provide access to condoms. The article further mentions that there are 222 million women in developing countries who lack access to family planning. Read in Danish: Berlingske
U-landsnyt featured an article quoting UNFPA Executive Director saying that “there is indisputable evidence that when family planning is integrated into broader economic and social development initiatives, it can have a positive multiplier effect on human development and the well-being of entire nations”. Read in Danish: U-landsnyt
FINLAND: Helsingin Sanomat published on 15 November an article regarding the State of the World Population launch in Helsinki.
GERMANY: aerzteblatt on 14 November ad derwesten on 13 November reported that more than 220 million women in developing countries have no means of family planning, due to poverty, social pressures and persistent discrimination. Of the 80 million women with unwanted pregnancies, 80,000 of them die as a result of pregnancy, as it showed in the SWOP report by the UN Population Fund. “Family planning is a human right and one of the most effective and cost-effective measures to reduce poverty," said Werner Haug, the regional director of UNFPA EECA. Read in German: aerzteblatt and derwesten
GUATEMALA: Prensa Libre, Reportaje de, Publinews, La Hora and CERIGUA on 15 November reported that family planning is a women’s right that leads others such as access to health, education and development. According to the UNFPA's State of the World Population, women with fewer resources and greater poverty are those with more children, which limits their progress. The publication also indicates that 42% of Guatemalan woman do not use contraception. Access to contraception is a universal human right which could significantly improve the lives of women and children in poor countries. Read in Spanish: Prensa Libre, La Hora, CERIGUA, Reportaje de
GUYANA: Stabroek on 15 November reported on the release of the 2012 State of the World Population report which found that, "81% of young Guyanese men are likelier to engage in such behaviour [risky], compared with 40% of young Guyanese females from the same age group." Such practices have been linked to high cases of unwanted pregnancies, infections and sexually-transmitted diseases. Read in English: Stabroek
JAMAICA: Multiple media outlets in between 15 and 16 November reported on the launch of the State of the World Population report, which took place on 14 November. Read in English: Jamaica Observer, Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Gleaner
KYRGYZSTAN: KTRK, CA-news, Akipress, 24 KG, Namba, For KG reported on 14 November, that UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in the Kyrgyz Republic launched this year’s State of World Population Report with the theme focused on access to family planning, human rights and development. The press conference took place at the Family Planning Center “Marriage and Family” under the National Mother and Child Health Center. Speakers were Mr. Kaliev M., Deputy Minister of Health, Mr. Avanessov A., UN Resident Coordinator, UNFPA Representative in the Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Omurzakov M., UNFPA Assistant Representative and Mr. Uzakbaev. K., Director of the National Mother and Child Health Center.
“Access to modern contraception is a fundamental human right” the UN Resident Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Alexander Avanessov said. “Hand-in-hand with this right is a need to provide individuals and couples a range of family planning options that would give them the freedom to make their own personal choice.” Dr. Meder Omurzakov, Assistant Representative of UNFPA Kyrgyzstan, concluded that, “This year’s State of World Population report and today’s event is about listening to couples and individuals, about meeting their aspirations, and giving them the power to create a better life for themselves and their families.” Read in Russian: 24KG, 24KG, KTRK , Namba, CA-News, For KG, CA-News, Newsfiber, centrasia.ru
LEBANON: Several media outlets reported on 15 November on the launch of UNFPA’s SWOP 2012 message, notably that access to family planning is a human right. The articles focus on the themes of the report and provided statistics on the global use of contraceptives. They also quoted the UNFPA Executive Director on the need to invest in family planning to promote economic development. Read in Arabic: Bayynat. Read in English: Naharnet
Several media outlets reported on November 15 on the launch of SWOP 2012. UNFPA ASRO and the League of Arab States, in Beirut, organized the high-level event jointly. The launch marked the opening of the 14th Meeting of Heads of Population Councils for Population Affairs in Arab States. The launch was held under the patronage and in the presence of the Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs and attended by high-level government representatives, international organizations, CSO, academia and media. Read in Arabic: PSP, Sidonia News 1, Sidonia News 2, Lebanon 24, Lebanon Debate, Now Lebanon, National News Agency.
MEXICO: Multiple media outlets reported on 15 November on the Mexican launch of UNFPA's State of the World Population report. UNFPA Representative Diego Palacios noted that while Mexico has reduced its demographic growth from 3.6 per year, in the 1970's, to 1.1 per year at present, gaps in health access still exist and lead to hospitalization derived from abortion, maternal deaths and unwanted pregnancies. It is estimated that 800,000 abortions are registered each year and in the last 10 years, two million hospitalizations were registered for the same cause. In addition, he highlighted the lack of attention currently given to indigenous and rural populations and youth. Latin America is has the second highest rate of pregnancies among adolescents. At the launch, UNFPA Representative Palacios stressed that while, advances have been made in demographic growth and fertility reduction, family planning is a human right that needs to be assumed as a priority for the public agenda of the country. Read in Spanish: La Jornada, El Economista, Reforma, Reforma, El Diario, Reforma, CIMAC, Milenio, Noticias, MVS, Azteca, Nocitias MVS, Once TV, El Sol de Mexico, CIMAC
CIMAC on 16 November reported that UNFPA Representative Diego Palacios mentioned that the next government administration, chaired by Enrique Peña Nieto from the Revolutionary Institutional Party, should consider updating Mexico’s population policy to be able to take advantage of the “the demographic bonus” and prioritize investment in reproductive and sexual health for adolescents, in addition to education and employment opportunities.
MOLDOVA: Info-Prim Neo wrote on 14 November about the launch of the State of World Population 2012 report. UNFPA Country Director for Moldova and Albania, Mr. Ian McFarlane, was quoted in the news, saying that “men’s involvement in family planning as partners in the relation and in life, the ensuring of greater access to information on reproductive health commodities and equal access to services of a high quality are simple actions that can bring extraordinary results. We underline our commitment to work together with the government and our partners so as to promote family planning in the development strategies and ensure the country’s sustainable development.” Read in Romanian and English: Info-Prim Neo.
The launch of the State of World Population 2012 report was discussed on 16 November, at Radio Moldova, program “Pro şi Contra”, where the guests discussed reproductive health and family planning issues. Mr. Boris Gilca, UNFPA Programme Coordinator raised the importance of trainings and family planning services for individuals and couples, budgeting resources from the Ministry of Health for contraceptives and access to life skills based education. Watch in Romanian Privesc.eu.
Ziarul de gardă on 15 November published a material “Boris Galca: fiecare sarcină, să fie dorită” (Boris Gilca: each pregnancy should be wanted), where they wrote about the launch of the State of World Population 2012 report. UNFPA Country Director for Moldova and Albania, Mr. Ian McFarlane, is quoted saying: “We underline our commitment to work together with the government and our partners so as to promote family planning in the development strategies and ensure the country’s sustainable development”.
MYANMAR: The New Light of Myanmar on 18 November reported on the launch of the State of the World Population report launch. UNFPA Representative Mr. Abdel-Ahad is quoted saying, "Nearly one quarter of Myanmar women of reproductive age have expressed desire to practice birth spacing but do not have access to contraceptives."
PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets reported on 14 November that the right of adolescents and young people to have access to family planning services is addressed in the UNFPA's State of the World Population 2012. In Paraguay in recent years there has been an increase in contraceptive use in the sexually active adolescent population. According to the National Demographic and Reproductive Health 2008 (ENDSSR 2008), less than 60% of women who had their first sexual experience during marriage or first union have used a contraceptive. The percentage varies according to the area of residence. Read in spanish: La Nación , Última Hora , ABC Color, Neike , Radio 970
Multiple media outlets reported on 14 November that it is estimated that in developing countries there are 222 million women who lack access to reliable and quality services for family planning, according to The State of World Population 2012, released today by the UNFPA. Read in spanish: Diario La Nación Digital , ABC Color , Diario Fedecámaras , Radio Viva , SC Noticias , IP Paraguay
Radio Ñanduti reported on 15 November that, according to The State of World Population 2012, released on 14 November by UNFPA, lack of access to contraceptives and family planning services are some of the reasons why there are still millions of people who do not exercise their rights to family planning. This applies especially to women living in poverty, who are most vulnerable to discrimination and inequality. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti
ABC Colour reported on 16 November that through various stories, The State of World Population 2012 UNFPA, released worldwide on 14 November, shows that when a woman is able to exercise her reproductive rights, she is more likely to exercise her other rights, such as education. As a result, there is more income, better health for women and their children. Read in Spanish: ABC Color digital
SOUTH AFRICA: Business Day on 14 November and Media 24 on 20 November reported on the South African launch of UNFPA's State of the World Population report.
SWAZILAND: The Swazi Observer reported on 15 November that, globally, out of the 80 million unintended pregnancies projected to have occurred in 2012, an estimated 40 million will likely end in abortion. The newspaper was reporting on the UNFPA's State of the World Population Report 2012, which was launched in Swaziland on the 14 November, by the Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Prince Hlangusemphi.
SWEDEN: Sveriges Radio, aired an interview with UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Ms. Kate Gilmore on 16 November. In the interview, Ms. Gilmore suggests that it makes good business sense to have family planning as a key priority in troubling economic times.
Bloggen om utvecklingspolitik from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, reported on 20 November from the launch stating that many women still lack access to family planning. Read in Swedish: Sveriges Radio and Bloggen om utvecklingspolitik
TIMOR-LESTE: Suara Timor Lorosae reported on 16 November on the launch of the State of the World Population report in Dili. UNFPA Representative Pornchai Suchitta is quoted saying, “UNFPA supports voluntary family planning or birth spacing so individuals and couples can decide when and how often to have children. When women are able to exercise their right to family planning, they are healthier, more economically productive, and are better equipped to rise out of poverty."
Timor Post on 17 November reported that, "The population, especially young, Timorese people should plan their family before they are married and be responsible based on UNFPA data which shows that the population in the world increased quickly in 2012. According to the UNFPA data, one in four sexually active women aged 15 to 49— 222 million women in total—have an unmet need for family planning. Most unintended pregnancies happen in developing countries. Addressing this unmet need for family planning worldwide would avert 54 million unintended pregnancies and 26 million abortions." UNFPA Representative Pornchai Suchitta is quoted in the piece.
TURKEY: haber turk, haberler, euronews, haberx, and kmu.gov from 13- 15 November reported on the UNFPA's launch of the State of the World Population Report. Read in Turkish: Haber turk, Haberler, Euronews, Haberx, and HDN
UKRAINE: Multiple media outlets from 14-16 November reported on the launch of the State of the World Population report in Ukraine. UNFPA ECCARO director Werner Haug, who was at the regional launch, noted that contraceptive prevalence in Ukraine and Moldova is low compared to the EU countries leading to a high rate of adolescent pregnancies, particularly in rural areas. Ignoring family planning can cause poverty, morbidity and a high rate of mortality for women. About 100 girls younger than 14 give birth in Ukraine each year and 100 more abort. According to the Ministry of Health, unplanned pregnancies account for 65% of the country’s abortions.
UNFPA Representative Nuzhat Ehsan is quoted saying the, “UNFPA State of world population report proves that family planning has a multiplying positive impact on countries’ development. And the government in Ukraine declared it will guarantee a right for family planning to Ukrainian people.” Investments in family planning can help developing countries save resources for development. According to UNFPA report, women who use contraception are generally healthier, have higher income and are more productive economically.
Read in Ukrainian: UNIAN agency, Voice of America (Ukrainian service), Korrespondent, Gazeta, UNIAN agency, BBC (Ukrainian service), Podrobnosti, Liga Watch in Ukrainian: 1+1 TV, National television of Ukraine
UNITED STATES: Multiple media outlets, including The Associated Press, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service, CBS News and others, on 14 and 15 November reported on the launch of UNFPA's State of the World Population report. The Christian Science Monitor on 15 November reported on the release of the State of the World Population report. “It is the first time the U.N. Population Fund's annual report explicitly describes family planning as a human right. It effectively declares that legal, cultural, and financial barriers to accessing contraception and other family planning measures are an infringement of women's rights." Read in English: Huffington Post, The Associated Press, Inter Press Service, Voice of America, UPI, US News & World Report.
Radio Ñanduti reported on 26 October on a meeting of the Technical Health Group Itaipu designed to create a strategic health plan for 2013-2017. The meeting was attended by a UNFPA delegation and was led by the Director for Paraguay and Argentina, and Representative in Brazil, Harold Robinson. They were joined by Taís Santos, Assistant Representative Office in Brazil; Manuelita Escobar Argaña, Assistant Representative of the Office of Paraguay; Victoria Pedrido, Communications Advisor of the Office of Argentina; Gabriela Borelli, Communications Assistant of Office of Brazil, and Carolina Ravera Castro, Communications Officer of Office of Paraguay. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti
La Naciónreported on 16 October that according to the report on world population ageing, recently presented by UNFPA today one in nine people are 60 years or older, but by 2050, seniors will be one of five. In addition, by that time there will be more older people than those under 15 years. These statistics are a reason to celebrate, because more people are living longer, but also of worry, because the change presents an economic and social challenge. Read in Spanish: La Nación
BELARUS: The Interfax News Agency on 13 October reported on the family and early marriage situation in Kazakhstan quoting UNFPA Sub-regional director Nikolai Botev saying that “In the world, out of young women that are currently in the age group 20-24 there are about 10% that got married before 15 years of age. For some regions of the world, especially in Africa and India this percent reaches 30.” Read in Russian: Interfax News Agency
CAMEROON: Cameroon Tribune reported on 11 October and CRTV on 8 October an interview with UNFPA Representative Alain Sibenaler about the celebration of the first International Day of the Girl Child in Cameroon. He says that UNFPA will organize very soon a campaign to tackle one the consequences of early marriage, that is, obstetric fistula for which the youngest patient is only 11 years old.
COSTA RICA: Multiple media outlets, reported on 10, 11 and 12 October on the first International Day of the Girl Child, drawing attention to the fact that child marriage could affect 142 million girls in 2020. In Costa Rica, new data on early marriages or unions, from the 2011 Census, was released. “There is a significant proportion of girls between 12 and 18 who are entering early marriages and relationships, generally with adult men,” said Oscar Valverde, UNFPA’s SRH Officer. Listen and watch in Spanish: Nuetra Voz, Monumental, Escuchar Radio ADN, Radio Nacional, Radio Reloj, Noticias Reloj, Noticias ADN, Escuchar Radio Nacional, Noticias Columbia , Ver Telenoticias, Canal 7 , Ver RTN Noticias, Canal 13 , Ver NC Once , Ver Telenoticias , Ver Canal 9 , Ver Telenoticias , Escuchar Noticias Nacional, Escuchar Noticias Nacional, Radio Columbia, Ver Programa Giros , Ver Canal 9 Read: La Nación, 11 Octubre 2012, La Nación, 12 Octubre 2012, Opinión en Diario Extra, and Diario Extra.
CUBA: Multiple media outlets between 11 and 15 reported on the first International Day of the Girl Child. The reports referred to the participation of UNICEF and UNFPA in the commemoration, and cited the presence of Jesus Robles, International Programme Coordinator of UNFPA in Cuba. Read in Spanish: Juventud Rebeide, CubaTV, Revista Mujeres, Tribuna de La Habana, SEMlac, IPS
EL SALVADOR: La Prensa Grafica on 12 October interviewed UNFPA Representative Elena Zuniga who described the situation of girl and adolescents in the country and described the state's role in protecting them. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Grafica
ETHIOPIA: The Daily Monitor, Sub Saharan Informer, Addis Admas and The Reporter from 13-14 October reported that if current trends continue, the number of girl child marriages will increase dramatically over the next 10 years, according to “Marrying too young: End Early Marriage,” a news report released on by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child.
The report also finds that despite laws to prevent its practice, child marriage has remained mostly constant in developing countries over the past decade. “No social, cultural or religious rationale for child marriage can possibly justify the damages these marriages do to young girls and their potential,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “A girl should have the right to choose whom she marries and when. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together to end child marriage. It is the only course by which we can avert what otherwise is the human tragedy of child marriage.” In 2010 a total of 158 countries reported that 18 years was the minimum legal age for marriage for women without parental consent or approval by a pertinent authority. Still, in 2010, one in three girls or 67 million girls were married before their 18th birthday in developing countries (excluding China). Progress has been made and the report finds that child marriage has declined in some developing countries, including Armenia, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Nepal, among other countries.
GUATEMALA: Prensa Libre on 13 October reported that the vulnerability and exclusion faced by millions of children and adolescents in the world, led the United Nations to make the decision to commemorate 11 October as the Day of the Girl. Leonor Calderon, UNFPA Representative in Guatemala indicates that there are many reasons. The International Day of the Girl Child is a call for reflection on the situation of vulnerability and risk that many girls have just for being girls. There are countless examples in Guatemala where the girl is subjected to many injustices: human trafficking, sex trafficking, exploitation and abuse. Until July this year, 11 girls 10 years of age have been mothers. The number of mothers under 14 years is 448,000. Read in Spanish: Prensa Libre
GUYANA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 October on UNFPA's celebrations for the International Day of the Girl Child. The event was held at the Duke Lodge in Georgetown Guyana and was facilitated by UNFPA and the Ministry of Labour and Human Services and Social Security. Read in English: GINA and Guyana Chronicle
JAMAICA: The Jamaica Information Service reported on 13 October that, "on 11 October, the first International Day of the Girl Child, the UNFPA Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (SRO), in partnership with the Ministry of Youth in Jamaica, hosted a public forum on sexual violence under the theme: 'Ending Impunity for Sexual Violence: Breaking the Silence.’ In her welcome remarks, Ms. Geeta Sethi, Director, UNFPA SRO explained that although the global focus was on child marriage, based on recent events in Jamaica (an upsurge in cases of sexual violence against women and girls) the decision was taken to focus on sexual violence. She said the forum was the first in a series of conversations and discussions, "because this is an issue that we all need to talk about more, so that we can all understand what’s happening better and understand how we can find solutions to this.” Read in English: Jamaica Information Service
The Jamaica Observer reported on 13 October that girls were the focus of a high level panel discussion at the United Nations headquarters in New York where UN Women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Girls Not Brides, focused on ways to end child marriage. The article also mentioned a public forum put on by the UNFPA sub-regional office for the caribbean to mark the day. Read in English: Jamaica Observer
JORDAN: All local daily newspapers and different news agencies reported on 11 October that UNFPA Jordan , as part of the International Day of Girl Child activities, has organized an awareness interactive session for Syrians in Za’tri camp in Mafraq, on the risks of early marriages, especially its effect on both young girl’s health and future.
The session was conducted for girls aged 15-19 and their mothers, where a sketch on early marriage was presented by two Syrian young girls followed by a discussion on health implications and problems that this issue might cause. Media reporters were invited to attend, and a brief was done to them on UNFPA’s services in the camp. Read in English: Jordan Times Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Petra, Almadenah News, Hasadjo, Addustour
KAZAKHSTAN: Multiple media outlets reported on 11-12 October on the issue of child marriage in Kazakhstan and the press conference held to mark International Day of the Girl Child in Almaty. The event was organized by the United Nations Population Fund, UN children fund (UNICEF) and Sub-Regional office of UN Women in EECA. Nikolai Botev, Director of UNFPA Sub-regional office for Central Asia and Country Director in Kazakhstan, quoted a passage from the Secretary General’s message, “Investing in girls is a moral imperative – a matter of basic justice and equality. It is an obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.” Read in Russian: kazinform, kloop.kz, Express K, and Kazakhstan Today
KYRGYZSTAN: Kabar, Knews, 24KG, VB, Mir24TV, Central Asia.ru reported on 11 October that UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund called today for a national campaign to end the harmful traditional practice of child marriage in Kyrgyzstan. The call made on the International Day of the Girl Child, is part of the day’s observance and also includes the opening of “TOO YOUNG TO MARRY - The sold childhood,” a photo exhibition hosted by UNFPA. Featuring photography and video, the multimedia show highlights the personal narratives of six Kyrgyz girls married against their will at early ages. The photo exhibition aims to renew local attention to the critical issue and promote accountability from decision makers in Kyrgyzstan.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alexander Avanessov described the impact of child marriage as, “a practice that would diminish girls’ chances of completing their education because new brides are usually forced to drop out of school to bear children and to provide household labour.” "On behalf of girls in Kyrgyzstan, we ask for your full engagement in helping us to end child marriage...We all want the best for our children and your support is crucial. It is time for policy makers, parliamentarians, communities, families and young people to address this issue head on. It is time to break the silence. Together!” said Mr. Avanessov. Read in Russian: Kabar, Knews, Knews,Knews, 24KG, 24KG, VB, Open Line, for.kg, Mir24TV and Central Asia.ru
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: KPL on 11 October, reported on the first ever celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child. The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), with support from the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF and UN Women in Lao PDR, organized a drawing competition for young adolescents to raise awareness about the importance of education for Lao girls. Read in French: KPL
LEBANON: Several media outlets reported on 16 and 17 October on the release of the UNFPA report “Marrying too Young: End Child Marriage,” on the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child. The articles feature the press advisory released by UNFPA, featured quotes by UNFPA Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin and provided global statistics on early marriage. Read in Arabic: As Safir, An Nahar, UPI, Al Jaras, Al Wifaq, Lebanon Files. Read in English: Al Jaras 2
PARAGUAY: ABC Colour online reported on 12 October that, on the International Day of the Girl Child, according to UNFPA, the habit of marrying minors who have not attained the age of majority is deeply rooted in Jordanian society and has increased with the arrival in the country of refugees. Read in Spanish: ABC online
ABC Colour, in its print edition, reported on 12 October that UNFPA noted that each year 16 million adolescents between 15 and 19 give birth, which make up 11% of births in the world. 95% of these births occur in developing countries. Read in Spanish: ABC
Radio Ñanduti reported on 11 October that according to the emergency programme coordinator of the UNFPA, Shible Sahbani, several Syrian parents have forced their daughters to marry Jordanian men. These statements were made in the context of the International Day of the Girl Child, commemorated worldwide. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti
Última Hora reported in its online edition on 11 October that during the presentation of a report by the UNFPA, to mark the first International Day of the Girl, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized that “child marriage is a terrible violation of human rights and robs girls their education, their health and their future prospects." Read in Spanish: Última Hora
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Metronews.ru on 14 October published a column on the attitudes and issues of child marriage in Russia and surrounding countries. The column cited UNFPA data saying, “The UNFPA reports that in 2012, 14 million 200 thousand girls under the age of 18 were married.” Read in Russian: Metronews.ru
SIERRA LEONE: The New Citizen, New Vision and several other outlets reported on 15 October that the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender, and Children’s Affairs and other development partners including UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, Restless Development and Plan International, on 11 October, launched the first ever International Day of the Girl Child at the Family Kingdom Hall in Freetown. UNFPA Country Representative, Ratidzai Ndhlovu, on behalf of the UN family, articulated the significance of the day and encouraged all hands on deck to support government for the safety and empowerment of girls and pledged the UN’s commitment to ensure that girls go to school and at least get basic education. She also stressed the UN will continue to play a major role in enhancing girls’ empowerment and development.
TAJIKISTAN: Tajik Mama and Asia Plus reported on 9 October that the UNFPA will mark the International Day of the Girl Child in Tajikistan. The main event - open debate/discussions with the involvement of young leaders, journalists, activists, governmental officials, religious leaders and parliamentarians - will be held in Dushanbe on 10 October. Campaigns in social and traditional media will be conducted with youth involvement. Read in Russian: Asia Plus and Tajik Mama
Tajik Mama reported on 7 October that Mavzuna Chorieva, bronze medalist of London 2012 Olympic Games from Tajikistan, participated in a UNFPA event devoted to the International Day of the Girl Child and delivered a speech with a call to action to support girls’ rights to education and self-actualization. Read in Russian: Tajik Mama
Asia Plus and Khovar reported on 11 October that in an effort to promote the rights of girls and to address the unique challenges that they face around the world, the International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the United Nations in 2011 is commemorated in Tajikistan by UNFPA in partnership with governmental, non-governmental and international partners. Read in Rusisan: Khovar and Asia Plus
Ozodi, the Tajikistan branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, reported on 10 October that issues of early marriage were addressed during the UNFPA conference devoted to the International Day of the Girl Child in Dushanbe. Read in Russian: Ozodi
TURKEY: Multiple media agencies on 11 October reported on the moves by UNFPA and its partners to raise awareness about child marriage in the region. Werner Haug, UNFPA’s director of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia regional office, agreed that unlisted marriages are common throughout the region. "[Child marriage] is certainly unreported across the region as the marriages themselves occur in community ceremonies but are not officially registered with the state," he said.
“Compared to 1990, we see a surprising increase, not decrease as one might expect, in child marriage in the region,” Haug said of a recently released study of 10 countries including Turkey. He cited the rise or return of traditional views of the role of women and economic, political and ethnic turmoil as well as conflict in the region as key drivers of the rise in child marriage. Read in English: Southeastern Europe Times, Today’s Zaman, and Today’s Zaman
UNITED STATES: Multiple media outletson 10-12 October reported on UNFPA and the International Day of the Girl Child. Read in English: The Associated Press, Washington Post, The New York Times, Mitchell Reports, Voice of America, Inter Press Service,
ADITAL reported on 5 October that on the International Day for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy, 26 September, the Coalition for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CDIA) launched the "Na Ñe'eke - We need to talk" to warn of the risk of death faced by Paraguayan teenagers 15 to 19 years during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. The CDIA expressed that a report from UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, in official data for 2008, indicate that poor teenage pregnancy tends to lead to a cycle of poverty since most drop out of school and only have access to low-paying jobs. Read in Spanish: ADITAL
ABC Colour reported on 01 October that the National Indigenous Census II will begin 15 October. The survey will be conducted by aboriginal people themselves. The last sampling conducted in 2008 resulted in 108,303 natives living in Paraguay. Participating in the launch will be the UNFPA Assistant Representative Manuela Escobar, and the Director of the DGEEC Zulma Sosa. Read in Spanish: ABC.
Multiple media outlets on 1 October announced a meeting in which journalists of Ciudad del Este were informed about news about the National Census of Population and Housing 2012 and how it will differ from past years. Presentations were given by Oscar Barrios, Director of the Department of Social and Demographic Statistics of DGEEC, and Aldo Natalizia, UNFPA Officer Population and Development, who spoke about the National Census and linked it to public policy. Read in Spanish: PPN, Bottinoticias.com and Neike.
ARMENIA: amradio.am on 1 October reported on the launch of UNFPA and HelpAge's report on ageing publishing that that 30.2% of the population in Armenia will be 60 years and older in 2050. The report predicts that the number of people aged 60 and older will nearly double in Armenia in 2050 to reach 885,000 instead of the current 469,000, executive representative of the UNFPA Armenian Office Garik Hayrapetyan told reporters. Read in English: amradio.am
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets on 1 and 2 October reported on the launch, by UNFPA and HelpAge International, of a landmark report entitled "Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and A Challenge." Bolivian media highlight that in 2050 our planet will have more over 60 year-olds than under 15 year-olds. Latin American data was also highlighted in different articles. Read in Spanish: ERBOL, ERBOL, El Deber, Página Siete, FM Bolivia, FM Bolivia, Página SieteFM Bolivia, FM Bolivia, Opinion
COSTA RICA: Multiple media outlets from 1-3 October reported on the launch of the global ageing report by UNFPA. On the occasion of International Older Persons Day, several outlets reported that for the first time in the history of mankind, the population over 60 years of age now exceeds 810 million and, in the next decade, the number of people in this age range will exceed 1,000 million. Even more: in 2050, in less than 40 years, there will be more people over 60 than under 15. Read in Spanish: La Nación, Leer Diario Extra, Leer La Prensa Libre, Periódico La República. Listen in Spanish: Radio Columbia, Radio Monumental, Noticias Columbia, Tribuna. Watch in Spanish: Planeto Interno
DENMARK: Politiken on 1 October, featured a joint op-ed on ageing prepared by Chief of UNFPA Nordic Office Pernille Fenger and Director of Danish HelpAge member organization (Ældre Sagen) Mr. Bjarne Hastrup.
Berlingske Daily on 2 of October published an article based on an interview with the Chief of the UNFPA Nordic Office reporting that within 2050, the number of people over 60 years will have doubled. “We need to see older persons as a resource, not a burden” says Pernille Fenger in the article. The article presents key data from the report and highlights the global challenges and opportunities in a world with 1 billion older persons.
The online magazine U-landsnyt published an article on 30 September highlighting that there will be 2 billion older persons in 2050, a reason to celebrate.
The free newspaper MetroXpress on 5 October announced the release of the UNFPA and HelpAge report
Ritzau news agency published an article on 3 October quoting UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin saying that the world is increasingly getting older in particular in developing countries.
Verdensnyt on 3 October covered the launch of the report by UNFPA and HelpAge. The webpage of the Danish HelpAge member organization (Ældresagen) covered the launch of the report as well.
The P1 radio program Orientering on 4 of October featured 8-minutes of coverage about the report.
GUATEMALA: Diario de Centroamérica on 3 October reported that elderly people represent about six percent of the population in Guatemala. According to UNFPA, ageing population is one of the most significant trends in the current century, with important and far-reaching impact on all aspects of global society. In Latin America and the Caribbean older adults represent 10 percent of the population at 63.1 million, but this figure will triple over the next 38 years.
LATVIA: Latvijas Reitingi on 2 October published an article on the International Day of Older Persons and the need for governments to take older people into account when crafting policy. According to UNFPA and HelpAge, "Governments must invest in older people and end discrimination against them." Read in Russian: Latvijas Reitingi
MOLDOVA: Info-Prim Neo on 1 October reported on the UNFPA, Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and HelpAge International press conference organized to launch the global report "Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: a Celebration and a Challenge" on the International Day of Older Persons. Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova was quoted saying that ageing is a triumph of development and it should not be regarded as a burden or an economic or social problem. Read in Romanian and English: Info-Prim Neo
ProTV reported on 1 October on the social event organized by UNFPA and the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family in the elderly shelter in Chisinau “Garden of solidarity between generations.” In the news, Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN RC /UNFPA Representative in Moldova, mentioned the importance of being together: young people, middle age persons and older persons. Watch in Romanian: ProTV
TV7 on 1 October reported on the International Day of Older Persons, talking about the actions taken and events organized in this day for old people. Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova was quoted talking about the need to use levers, policies and community implications to use ageing for further sustainable development of the country. Watch in Romanian: TV7
EuroTV on 1 October reported about the launching of the global report "Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: a Celebration and a Challenge" and wrote about the ageing phenomenon and the UNFPA suggestion to see ageing as an opportunity for sustainable development in the country. Watch and read in Romanian: EuroTV
Politic.md talked on 1 October about the launching of report "Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: a Celebration and a Challenge" and the social action in the nursing home in Chisinau where the UN RC /UNFPA Representative participated in the news about the activities organized on the International Day of Older Persons. Read in Romanian: Politic.md
Moldpres reported on 1 October about the meeting of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Vlad Filat with a national delegation of older persons and UNFPA (Boris Gilca) on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons. Read in Romanian and English: Moldpres
PrivescEU on 1 October broadcast a live transmission of the UNFPA, Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and HelpAge International press conference. Watch in Romanian: PrivescEU
MOZAMBIQUE: Daily Notícias reported on 3 October, that in the next ten years the world will have one billion older persons. The paper says that the information is included in a new report released by the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International. The paper says that according to UNFPA, “the new report underlines that, while the trend of ageing societies is a cause for celebration, it also presents huge challenges as it requires completely new approaches to health care, retirement, living arrangements and intergenerational relations.”
NORWAY: NRK on 1 October reported on an analysis based on UNFPA's recently launched ageing report highlighting that in 2050 there will be more retired persons than children in the world. The article also quotes UNSG Ban Ki-moon saying that elderly people will be an important resource for society, but also a challenge for national health and pension schemes. Furthermore, E24 published an article highlighting that in 2020 the world will consist of 1 billion older persons. Read more in Norwegian: NRK and E24
PARAGUAY: ABC Colour reported on 1 October that worldwide, older people continue to face discrimination, abuse and violence, according to "Aging in the 21st Century: A celebration and a Challenge" presented by UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, and HelpAge International, which analyzes the current situation of the elderly population. Read in Spanish: ABC.
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: gorod.ru on 2 October discussed the release of UNFPA's "Ageing in the 21st Century" report and what the statistics mean for Russia. Read in Russian: gorod.ru
Vzglad on 3 October published an article looking at ageing projections in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and quoted the UNFPA ageing report saying that Korean citizens aged 60 and older will practically double in the next 40 years. Read in Russian: Vzglad
Golos Rossii on 3 October reported that, “by 2022 the number of people aged over 60 will reach 1 billion, calculate authors of a new UNFPA report….In Russia older persons, according to the data of UNFPA specialists already make up around 19% of the population.” Read in Russian: Golos Rossii
ARMENIA: news.am on 1 October reported that Armenia is already an aging country in line with international rankings according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Armenia Assistant Representative Garik Hayrapetyan.
He added that the data on Armenia is very concerning, as the number of Armenia’s senior citizens is expected to virtually double by 2050, reaching 885,000 from today’s 469,000. The average age will rise to 49.4, instead of today’s 32.6, and all this could place upon the state’s shoulders a huge responsibility in terms of taking care of the pensioners. Read in English: news.am
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets on 1 October reported that national media shared the official UNFPA press release on the International Day of Older Persons. UNFPA and HelpAge launched a landmark report entitled "Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and A Challenge." Bolivian media highlight that in 2050 our planet will have more over 60 years old persons than under 15 years old. Read in Spanish: ERBOL, ERBOL and El Deber
FRANCE: Agence France Presse on 1 October reported that a study by UNFPA and HelpAge International urged governments to work on strategies for coping with an ageing population. "The report, which was released to coincide with International Day of Older Persons, says that of the seven billion people who live on the planet, 893 million or 12.8 percent are elderly -- older than 60. In just one decade, the elderly population will swell by 200 million taking it well beyond one billion people, and potentially putting a greater strain on welfare and medical systems around the world, the report said." Read in English: Agence France Presse
JORDAN: Multiple media outlets on 1 October reported that Jordan was one of the first countries to develop a national strategy for the elderly. The National Council for Family Affairs coordinated the preparation of this strategy in 2008, in collaboration with several national institutions and civil society organizations and is currently updating the strategy to meet the developments and the needs of this important group.
On the occasion of the International Day of Older People, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund in Jordan is working with their partners, especially the Higher Population Council, the Department of Statistics and the National Council for Family Affairs, to strengthen the capacity of service providers and raise awareness and advocate for the need for planning and preparation for the “Demographic Window Opportunity,” which requires concerted efforts and capabilities to meet the challenges faced by the elderly, and provide them with all the services they required. UNFPA Jordan Assistant Representative, Mrs. Muna Idris, said "that UNFPA Jordan looks forward to further cooperation with all institutions working to ensure the rights and dignity of older people, and assured that UNFPA Jordan will work with all national institutions to increase the focus on different issues of the elderly and to enhance all services provided to them, especially with the expected increase in the percentage of elderly population in the coming years. "
Also, on this occasion, UNFPA and HelpAge International launched a new report today “Ageing in the Twenty-first Century: A Celebration and a Challenge,” in which it was stated that the number of older persons is growing faster than any other age group. Speaking at the report’s launch, UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, said, “People everywhere must age with dignity and security, enjoying life through the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Read in Arabic: Petra, Alrai, Rum Online, Cleopatra News
KAZAKHSTAN: regnum.ru on 1 October reported on ageing in Kazakhstan and the release of the Ageing in the 21st Century report. "According to the data of UNFPA and HelpAge International, the number of older persons is growing faster than any other demographic." Read in Russian: regnum.ru
KYRGYZSTAN: CA News on 1 October reported that UNFPA, in collaboration with HelpAge International prepared a global report detaining the issues of population ageing. Read in Russian: CA News
PARAGUAY: Diario La Nación reported on 30 September that UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and HelpAge International launched the global report "Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and a Challenge" on 1 October, the International Day of Older Persons. According to the report, in 2050, for the first time in the history of mankind, there will be more people over 60 than under 15. Almost 80 percent of these elderly people live in countries with emerging and developing economies. Read in Spanish: La Nación.
UNITED KINGDOM: The Guardian on 1 October reported that, "The global population will age so rapidly in the next 30 years that there will be more pensioners than children by 2050, when there will be 2 billion people aged 60 or over. A UN report published today also predicts the number of people over 80 will almost quadruple to 400 million by 2050. By the same year, there will be 3 million centenarians worldwide, compared to 316,000 today."
UNITED STATES: Multiple media outlets reported on the release of the ageing report by UNPFA and HelpAge International. Read in English: The Associated Press
UZBEKISTAN: gazeta.uz on 1 October detailed the main points of the Ageing in the 21st Century report and focused on the support provisions for older persons from the government of Uzbekistan. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is quoted in the article, "People everywhere must age with dignity and security, enjoying life through the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms." Read in Russian: gazeta.uz
Multiple media outlets from 24-28 September reported on a breakfast meeting will be held with reporters in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, to present the third National Indigenous Peoples Census. The event, organized by the General Directorate of Statistics, Surveys and Censuses and UNFPA, will be held on 25 September. Participating in this activity are the Director of the DGEEC, Zulma Sosa, and UNFPA Assistant Representative, Manuela Escobar.
The census will last four weeks due to a change in methodology, and passing of a traditional census to a integrated census. They also reported that 1,600 people will be mobilized from various indigenous communities to collect data, as reported by Jorge Servín, Coordinator of this operative. According to the Indian census of 2002, 100% of the natives of Paraguay lives under the poverty line and a large percentage in situations of extreme need.
Read in Spanish: Neike, PPN, Viva Paraguay, Diario Última Hora, digital edition, Períodico E´a, Marandú digital, SC noticias, Radio Ñandutí, Radio 1000, Mundo Sur FM, Radio 970 AM, ABC TV, Red Guaraní, La Nación, Agencia UPI, Tiempos del Mundo, AINI, Última Hora, print edition, Diario ABC Color, ABC radio, CDE.
Asunción Digital reported on 22 September that the significant changes introduced for the third Indigenous Census will be presented to the media on 25 September as part of a breakfast meeting organized by the DGEEC and UNFPA. The census operation this year will last for 4-6 weeks and mobilize over 1,600 census takers. Read in Spanish: Asunción Digital.
Pojoaju reported on 22 September on a meeting for journalists on the National Indigenous Census. The activity is organized by UNFPA and DGEEC. The new census will be presented by Jorge Servin of DGEEC and UNFPA Assistant Representative, Manuela Escobar, will discuss the Agency's support to this year's Census 2012. Read in Spanish: Pojoaju.
Pojoaju reported on 22 September about the conduct of a meeting with reporters to present details of the operation of the third National Indigenous Census. The activity is organized by UNFPA and DGEEC. The new census will be presented by Jorge Servin of DGEEC and during the opening the UNFPA Assistant Representative, Manuela Escobar, will discuss the Agency's support to this year's Census 2012. Read in Spanish: Pojoaju.
Asunción Digital reported on 22 September that the significant changes introduced for the third Indigenous Census will be presented to the media on 25 September as part of a breakfast meeting organized by the DGEEC and UNFPA. The census operation this year and will not be made in a single day, as was traditional, but will last for 4-6 weeks. There will also be mobilized over 1,600 enumerators and supervisors and supervisory indigenous throughout the country, in order to carry out this operation and will be performed in parallel to the National Census of Population and Housing 2012. Read in Spanish: Asunción Digital.
ABC Colour and Neike reported on 20 September that the third Census of Indigenous People will last for 4-6 weeks and one day as was traditional. An event was organized by the DGEEC and UNFPA to report on everything related to the census operation to journalists and communicators. Read in Spanish: ABC Colour, print edition and Neike