Multiple media outlets reported on 7 December that UNFPA Jordan Goodwill Ambassador HRH Princess Basma took part on Tuesday in UNPFA’s high level coordination meeting, where she stressed the need to evaluate achievements and challenges to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
The Princess called on NGOs and international organizations to think of innovative ways to deal with youth, who are currently leading campaigns for political and cultural change. Princess Basma also pointed out that the participation of Jordanian women in the labor market is still below expectations, calling for more efforts to address this issue.
HRH thanked UNFPA for all the enormous work the organization is implementing, and said that is an honor for HRH to be UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador in Jordan.
The Princess talked also about the 7 Billion campaign and its great messages, which ended on 31 October, saying that “There is no doubt in our minds, us the converted so to speak, of the importance of the seven messages that you have all been promoting: reducing poverty, unleashing the power of girls, focusing on the youth, ensuring every child is wanted and every pregnancy is safe, caring for our planet, and for our aging population in a growingly urbanized planet. But we must challenge ourselves to reach the others who don’t see this as clearly as you all do, and this is not an easy task, especially with the looming effects of the global financial crisis.” Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Alghad, Ad-Dustour. Read in English: Jordan Times. Watch in Arabic: UNFPA Jordan
The Newsletter Le Sahel reported on 7 December that the Minister of Population, the promotion of women and child protection, Dr. Maikibi Dandobi Khadidiatou launched the 2011 State of the world Population report on 6 December 2011, in the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In her intervention on this occasion, the Minister of the Population indicated that the report provides an overview of the different demographic challenges countries are facing at a time where population growth is overriding the economic growth in certain regions of the world, especially in developing countries.
In a speech on this occasion, the UNFPA Representative, Dr. Edwige Adekambi Domingo noted that the report examines the trends and dynamics that define our world of 7 billion people.
If need to celebrate considerable progress made by humanity, the report focuses on the major challenges that deserves our attention, including the safeguarding of the environment, respect for the human rights of each individual and its fundamental freedoms, including equality between men and women added Dr. Adekambi.
The launch of the report took place with the participation of the members of the Government, ambassadors, United Nations representatives, traditional and religious leaders, representatives of civil society and many other guests.
L’Observer Paalga on 7 December reported on the Round Table of Reproductive Health partners. This annual meeting was organized by the Minister of Health. The partners of this Minister are: the technical and financial partners, the civil society, the associations and the NGO (the Non Governmental Organization) and UNFPA/Burkina. UNFPA Representative Dr Sankara Olga during his interview declared that: "we worked with the government and the associations. Today it is question to share the experiences, to allow the other participants to learn more from reproductive health and, to show our level… And the strategies to be developed to reach our objectives. "
DailyNews reported on 7 December that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Anne Makinda who was the guest of honour during the launch of three UN Global reports and Adolescent in Tanzania report, said, Tanzania needs to control the current population growth rate which hampers the fight against poverty and exerts pressure on existing resources. Hon. Makind further said, the SWOP 2011 report has come at an opportune moment as Tanzania prepares to conduct a population and housing census scheduled for August next year. At the same time, UNFPA Deputy Representative, Mariam Khan, said the population question was one of equity, opportunity and social justice. “Questions of equitable access to resources and opportunities are the questions society continuously confronts especially from the young, she further stressed that in today’s interconnected world, individual decisions and actions especially about the number of children individuals and couples should have will determine whether the earth’s population rises to 10 or 15 billion by end of century. Read in English: DailyNews
Santé Education, the 1st Health Weekly newspaper in West Africa, reported on 7 December, about the Family Planning Providers capacity-building workshop being held in Lomé from 5th to 16th December 2011. Financed by UNFPA Togo, this training falls within the scope of capacity-building for the training of trainers and Family Planning (service) providers in contraceptive technology. During the 10-day training, the participants who are essentially nurses, midwives, and medical assistants coming from all over the nation, are trained in family planning related issues. The training will be focused on theory, demonstrations, and practical aspects in this field. This training will permit the acquisition of more skills for trainers, through practical exercises and field coaching. Read in French: SANTE-EDUCATION N°145 du 07 décembre 2011
Océano FM reported on 7 December that Plan Ceibal and UNFPA were to announced the winners of a seven-week quiz to promote knowledge on population issues organized in the context of the 7 billion actions campaign. The initiative took place until the end of October and was targeted to children and young people from 10 to 15 years old. Winners from all the country were interviewed in the program “No Toquen Nada” (Uruguay’s largest audience radio show). They also visited the National Institute of Statistics and Plan Ceibal, where they received their diplomas. Ceibal reaches all students of primary public schools in Uruguay since every student receives from Plan Ceibal a laptop for pedagogic purposes.
Belta reported on 7 December that UNFPA Belarus has sent to the preparation and conduct of the census in Belarus over $900 thousand. At the international conference "The results of census of Republic of Belarus in 2009: the spread and use of data" Tatyana Gaplichnik, UNFPA Programme Coordinator in Belarus, mentioned that this is the most ambitious project in the history of collaboration and partnership with Belarus UNFPA to assist in the preparation and conduct of the Census. Tatyana believes that a census in the XXI century must meet the current demographic trends. Primarily it comes to increasing mobility (migration) of the population, the analysis of this phenomenon. Read in Russian: BelTA