UzReport reported 13 October that UNFPA in Uzbekistan in partnership with Kelajak Ovozi Youth Initiatives Centre and NANNOUZ NGO Association organized the first youth advisory panel meeting with participation of more than ten youth organizations, institutions and networks.
UZReport reported 13 October that UNFPA in Uzbekistan launched the youthpeer.uz website to improve communication among peer educators throughout the country and strengthen consolidated youth programming initiatives.
Multiple media outlets reported 13 October that UNFPA supported a workshop conducted by Ministry of Health- HIV/AIDS national programme for the parliament on Situation Assessment & Response Analysis (SARA). The workshop aimed to provide a comprehensive view of SARA for the parliament, including the analysis, results and recommendations. Read in Arabic: Champress
Cerigua and CIMAC (Mexico) reported 13 October that culturally sensitive policies are essential to achieve the objectives of the ICPD Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report by Cerigua and sponsored by UNFPA. Read in Spanish: Cerigua/CIMAC
Prensa Libre published a column by Ileana Alamilla 13 October reporting that Guatemala fell four positions in the Human Development Index, according to the recent UNDP Human Development Report. Nadine Gasman, representative of UNFPA Guatemala, said that these figures are alarming because it is a middle income country, where maternal mortality should be lower. Read in Spanish: ALAINET and Prensa Libre
El Liberal reported 13 October on research by the Ministry of Social Welfare and UNFPA on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Colombia. Read in Spanish: El Liberal - Popayán
Newsday (Trinidad and Tobago) reported 13 October on the Regional Initiative for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Caribbean has taken the lead and is moving ahead with the involvement of the health sectors of the broader Caribbean with support from the CARICOM Secretariat, PAHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNFPA, under coordination of the PAHO HIV Caribbean Office (PHCO). Read: Newsday
COVERAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON POVERTY ERADICATION AND SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR)
EUROPE: Penki News (Lithuania) reported 13 October that the International Workshop on Poverty Eradication and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), taking place from 14-15 October 2009 in Brussels, will evaluate the European Commission contribution to SRHR and discuss lessons learned and ways forward. The programme, which ended in October 2008, provided sexual and reproductive health services and commodities to the most vulnerable and underserved people in 22 ACP countries. It was implemented in partnership with UNFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Read: Penki News
LATIN AMERICA: EFE reported 15 October on a meeting organized by the European Commission (EC) in Brussels, Belgium. In Latin America, although the maternal mortality indicators have improved in recent years, they have suffered some stagnation, said Marcela Suazo, Regional Director Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office of UNFPA. Read in Spanish: ADN.es
AFRICA: The Daily Monitor reported 16 October and Xinhua (China) reported 15 October that more than 160 ministers, parliamentarians, and representatives of regional intergovernmental organizations and other world leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, for a High-Level Meeting on Maternal Health. Read: Xinhua
AFRICA: Afrol News reported 13 October on the week-long conference marking the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2009. The conference, which will be held at ministerial level, is called ICPD@15 and is jointly organized by UNFPA, the African Union Commission (AUC) and UNECA. Read: Afrol News