As Safir reported on 15 August about the civic engagement of young people in Lebanon involved in various UNFPA-related interventions. Published on the occasion of International Youth Day, the article consisted of a compilation of testimonials by young volunteers engaged in civic issues within their respective communities and NGOs. Ghinwa Samahat, a Y-PEER educator is one of those young people, and she describes her work within the UNFPA-supported youth peer education network and her involvement in spreading awareness on sexual and reproductive health issues among her peers. Read in Arabic: As Safir
Various media outlets reported on 13-15 August about the upcoming Global Youth Forum to be held in Bali from 4-6 December. The reports are mainly positive, stating that the Government of Indonesia, supported by the UNFPA, will host the Forum that is set as a platform for young people around the world to discuss issues that matter to them, including education, employment, health (including reproductive and sexual health), and public participation.
Articles appearing in media also quoted Mr. Jose Ferraris, UNFPA’s representative in Indonesia, that the international scale event is aimed at developing the world’s young people and giving them opportunities to contribute to global development. “43% of the world’s populations are people aged below 25 years. Meanwhile, in poor countries the percentage is 60%. Hopefully, through this Global Youth Forum, there will be an increase in the participation of young people,” Mr. Ferraris said.
This forum is one of the three activity themes as part of the review conducted 20 years after the International Conference on Population and Development. The Congress on Human Rights, scheduled for May 2013 will be held in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the third congress will promote the theme of women's health. This review process is known as 'ICPD Beyond 2014', with the objective of addressing key issues and generating recommendations for the development of the agenda beyond 2015.
Read in Indonesian: Kompas.com, Kompas.com, Okezone.com, Okezone.com, Okezone.com, Antaranews.com, Inioke.com, Bisnis.com, Inilah.com, Beritasatu.com, Kabar24.com, Pedomanews.com, Lensaindonesia.com, Rri.co.id, Sehatnews.com, Ikebayoran.com, Monitordepok.com, BeritaPrima.com, Msn.com, Lampungpost.com, Nasional Kompas Read in English: The Jakarta Post
La Prensa on 15 August reported that according to the official document of the Ministry of Health, entitled “Health Statistical Analysis from 2000 to 2010,” in a hundred births reported to the public health system, 27 are for teenagers between 14 and 18 years old. The document was completed in May of this year and was presented by Dr. Wilmer Beteta from the Extension and Quality of Care Division of the Ministry of Health, during the event of the World Population Day 2012, sponsored by UNFPA. Read in Spanish: La Prensa
The Ghana News Agency and My Joy Online reported on 14 and 15 August on a partnership between the government and UNFPA to fight maternal mortality. The programme would be implemented in 25 districts across five beneficiary regions. The Acting UNFPA Representative Dennia Gayle said that UNFPA was committed to supporting the cause through the provision of necessary resources for a period of 45 years, beginning this year, with an annual budget of 3.9 million. Read in English: Ghana News Agency and My Joy Online
UN Radio broadcast on 15 August a special report on the implementation of the ground-breaking first-ever African law on the promotion and protection of Congolese indigenous populations, with support from UNFPA. UNFPA Representative David Lawson explains how the law has been designed and is implemented, with strong engagement by UNFPA, to fight against maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS and sexual violence. Listen in French: UN Radio