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ALBANIA: Multiple media outlets on 11 July reported on World Population Day and the issue of child marriage in Albania, particularly among the Roma population. According to the Demographic and Health Survey 2008-2009, about 3% of women aged 15-19 had begun childbearing (3.8% in rural areas and 1.2% in urban areas). UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, states, "Child marriage is an appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of their education, health and long-term prospects. A girl who is married as a child is one whose potential will not be fulfilled. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together and end child marriage." Read in Albanian: Gazeta-shqip, ABC News Albania, Tvklan Watch in Albanian: YouTube, Top-channel, T.co, YouTube

ARMENIA: Armenianow.com on 11 July reported that Armenia is facing the issue of decreasing and ageing population, however the improvement of people’s educational quality can help to overcome demographic challenges. This was discussed in Geneva during the United Nations’ “Enabling Choices: Population Priorities for the 21st Century” conference. Among the countries in the region, Armenia and Georgia are facing the highest ageing risks. While it is important not to delay, as Werner Haug, the Director of UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says “these population dynamics can be managed,” but “the real threat is the failure to anticipate demographic changes and respond in a timely manner with appropriate policies.” Read in English: Armenia Now

BELARUS: Multiple media outlets on 15 July reported on the reduced number of abortions amongst adolescents in Belarus, citing the UNFPA resources centre. Read in Russian: Belta.by, PDA, NLB, VB.by, News Open, Health.ej, Pro-life.by, Tut.by, Gazetaby, Smaliavichy, Zautra, Media-Polesye

Multiple media outlets on 11 July reported that this year’s World Population Day is dedicated to the theme of adolescent pregnancy. Belarus has 47 youth-friendly family planning centers that employ gynecologists, urologists and psychologists, to support healthy lifestyles of young people. Further, medical exams by a gynecologist are mandatory for girls 15-18 years old, where, among other things, adolescent girls are told how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and STIs. The Chief Obstetrician-gynecologist of the Ministry of Health Svetlana Soroka explained that there is a steady trend of decreased relative and absolute number of abortions in Belarus, including minors. Read in Russian: Belta.by, PDA, NLB, VB.by

BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets reported on World Population Day celebrations organized by UNFPA Bolivia in close coordination with the Ministries of Health and Autonomies and External Affairs. The main event took place in La Paz, with similar local presentations in the cities of Cochabamba, Sucre and Potosi. Cecilia Maurente highlighted the situation and strategic actions to reduce teen pregnancies. Read in Spanish: Pagina Siete, Los Tiempos, El Deber, Correo del Sur, La Razon, La Prensa, Opinion, Erbol Noticias, Los Tiempos, El Mundo, La Razon, El Diario, Radio Erbol, Los Tiempos, Eju tv, Bolivia.com, Cambio, Yahoo Noticias, La Razon, FM Bolivia, Terra Peru, Lainformacion.com, Sol de Margarita, El Correo, PSYN Noticias, FM Bolivia, Spanishchina.org,Ver.bo, Bolivia Informa, La Jornada Read in English: All Voices

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Multiple BiH and regional (Croatia and Serbia) media on 5 july reported on the UNFPA BiH roundtable: UNFPA contribution to national efforts to ensure access of the entire population to quality of care in Family Planning in BiH, held in commemoration of World Population Day. The roundtable brought together representatives from governments, NGOs and civil society as well as representatives from professional associations to discuss reproductive health and family planning. UNFPA International expert, Barbaola Koo stated that a situation analysis is being developed on the issue of services in the field of family planning and to determine the mechanisms people are mostly using, especially young people, in order to improve access to services. UNFPA’s Majda Prljaca stated that the adolescent birth rate in BiH was 8 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years for the one year period. Read in Bosnian: Klix, Vijesti, Euro, Netkafa, Nedstor, 24Sata, Srpska Café, Tip, Hercegovina, Naslovi

BOTSWANA: The Botswana Daily News reported on 16 July that UNFPA Representative Ms. Aisha Camara-Drammeh said adolescent pregnancy is not a health issue but also a development issue. Speaking during the World Population Day commemoration held in Palapye on 11 July, she said adolescent pregnancy is deeply rooted in poverty, gender inequality, violence, child and forced marriage, power imbalances between adolescent girls and their male partners, lack of education and failure of systems and institutions to protect their rights. Read in English: Botswana Daily News

CHINA: China Daily on 11 July published an op-ed by UNFPA China Representative Arie Hoekman in honor of World Population Day. Rep. Hoekman said, "Around the world, about 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth each year. In developing countries, 19 out of 100 girls give birth by the age of 18 and three give birth before the age of 15. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls in this age group, especially in developing countries." Read in English: China Daily

CUBA: Multiple media outlets reported, between 9 and 14 July on the celebrations of World Population Day in Cuba which were dedicated to adolescent pregnancy. The media published reports about a scientific workshop organized by the National Centre for Sexual Education (CENESEX, for its acronym in Spanish) and about the intervention of Jesus Robles, International Coordinator of the UNFPA Program in Cuba.  The media also reported on community prevention activities developed by the Youth Network of CENESEX and a concert of the Mucho Ruido band. Read in Spanish: Periódico Juventud Rebelde, Cuba si, Radio Sancti Spíritus, Cuba TV, Telesur, Telesur, Cubainformación  TV, Blog mi voz desde Cuba, Radio CMHW, Periódico Juventud Rebelde, Cuba.cu, Xinhua y China Today, Xinhua y China Today, CubaTV, Revista Mujeres, Revista Mujeres, Revista Mujeres, Cibercuba,CubaAhora, Periódico Juventud Rebelde, IPS

GEORGIA: Multiple media outlets on 11 July reported that UNFPA Georgia, in cooperation with the Public Defender’s Office, held the press conference, Prevention of Early Marriages for the support of Gender Equality and Reproductive Health marking the World Population Day. The press conference was attended by Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili, the Public Defender, Mr. Rati Bregadze, the Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA Assistant Representative and Prof. Jenara Christesashvili.

Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA/Georgia Assistant Representative stated that, “It’s the responsibility of the state and community to support development of adolescent girls, including the prevention of early marriage. Educated and healthy girls will have the opportunities to fully develop their potential, have healthy children, form caring families and obtain right education and skills. Educated and healthy women will be able to bring positive changes to their families, communities and generations to come.” Read in English: Inter Press News, Georgia Today Watch in Georgia: TV9, 1TV, iMedi, Garb Online, TV25 Listen in Georgian: Radio1 Read in Georgian: Net Gazeti, Amerikiskhma, PS News, Liberali, Info9, Info9

INDIA: Multiple media outlets on 11 July reported on UNFPA and World Population Day. UNFPA was involved in numerous activities for the day including supporting a high-profile event for State Ministers of Health, key bureaucrats and media; releasing information kits jointly with the government of India; showcasing a film of testimonials of couples who benefited from delaying marriage; presenting on the role of development partners in strengthening family planning and on youth and adolescent pregnancy; and spreading the word to urban youth via interactive postcards placed at youth hotspots. Read in English: The Hindu, LiveMint, Business-Standard, ZeeNews, Sify

The Hindu on 11 July published an op-ed by UNFPA Representative Frederika Meijer urging investment in and empowerment of adolescent girls, "Reducing adolescent pregnancy is about empowering girls. When girls have a choice, they marry later. Investing in girls, developing their social and economic assets means healthier families and higher levels of gender equality. This in turn makes for stronger societies and more vibrant economies. Investment in adolescent girls is an investment in development for everyone." Read in English: The Hindu

The Wall Street Journal on 11 July published a blog post on UNFPA and World Population Day. The blog featured an interview with UNFPA Representative Frederika Meijer. Read in English: The Wall Street Journal

Channel News Asia on 11 July interviewed the UNFPA India Representative, live on television, to discussion World Population Day.

DD News on 11 July broadcast a half-hour show featuring the UNFPA India Representative as a panelist. She continually brought the focus back to adolescent pregnancy. The show ended with a quote from the UNFPA press release- that every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

DNA India on 9 July published an article on World Population and adolescent pregnancy with data provided by UNFPA. UNFPA India representative Frederika Meijer is quoted in the piece. Read in English: DNA India

JORDAN: Multiple media outlets on 10 and 11 July published a press release on World Population Day. The release highlighted the importance of the adolescent pregnancy issue and provided an overview of celebration activities UNFPA Jordan organized with various partners. Read in Arabic and English: Al Rai, Petra, Alghad, Jordan Times, Alanbat, Urdoni

KYRGYZSTAN: Multiple media outlets on 11 July reported that popular singers in Kyrgyzstan, Kanykei and Nurbek Savitahunov, joined the UNFPA’s campaign on World Population Day for the prevention of teenage pregnancy. The theme of World Population Day for 2013 is teenage pregnancy. There is a steadily increasing number of births among girls in Kyrgyzstan aged 15-17 years, from 4.4 per one thousand women in 2006 to 7.2 births per one thousand women in 2011, according to the national Statistical Committee of Kyrgyzstan. Gulnur Satylganova and Omar Janish also joined the campaign along with the Y-PEER youth movement. "I fully support this campaign. I believe that such campaigns should be conducted not only in Bishkek but also in the rural regions" said the singer Kanykei. Watch in Russian: Akipress, Ca-news Read in Russian: Centrasia.ru, AIF, For.kg, Kabar

MACEDONIA: Multiple media outlets on 11 July reported that investment in education, health and the human rights of adolescent girls is essential according to UNFPA. Statistics show that out of 1,000 newborns in Macedonia, 20 of these mothers were aged between 15 and 19 years. The rate of adolescent pregnancy in the region is 15.2%, above the European Union average. Read in Macedonian: Kanal 5, Makfax, Sitel, Tera, Kurir, Teamoderna, Alfa, Denesen, Idividi, Press24, Sky, 24Vesti, Maxim, Telegraf, Teamoderna

MOLDOVA: Multiple media outlets on 10 July reported that the Republic of Moldova has registered progress in reducing the number of women dying giving birth, according to the Moldovan delegation who participated at the UNECE Regional Conference in Geneva. However, there are still women who do die and they tend to be young, poor and living in rural areas, the UNFPA Country Director in Moldova Ian McFarlane said during a press conference. Read in Romanian: TRM, Prime, Privesc

Multiple media on 11 July reported that this year’s World Population Day focused on teenage pregnancy. Unwanted pregnancies among teenagers is observed in rural areas of the country, and in cities, but the number of such cases in villages is higher. Boris Gilca from UNFPA said that young people in Moldova are still not well informed and protected and do not have full access to information about healthy lifestyles. Investments in health, education, including young people, should not be seen as a burden, rather a long-term strategic investment for sustainable development of the country, Gilca said. UNFPA Representative in Moldova Ian McFarlane explains “Investments in human capital have positive effects: healthier and better educated people are an asset to the economy and society in general. When these investments are made, people are not only living longer, but living longer with a better health status.” Read in Russian: Forum, TV7 Read in Romanian: ZDG, TRM, Timpul, Publika, Publika, eNews

MYANMAR: Multiple media outlets from 11-15 July reported on World Population Day celebrations. Many published statements from the Secretary General and UNFPA's Babatunde Osotimehin.

PARAGUAY: PPN published on 9 and 11 July  that a conversation with legislators about adolescent pregnancy, called Plan Ahead of Adolescents, A Challenge for Development, will take place within the context of activities of the World Population Day. The event organized by UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, will be held at the United Nations building. Read in Spanish:  La Nación, PPN and Radio Ñanduti

ABC Colour announced on 10 July a discussion with parliamentarians who will talk about adolescent pregnancy in Paraguay. During the conversation, organized by UNFPA, analysis and data on the situation in the country will be presented. Read in Spanish: ABC Colour

ABCtv broadcast on 10 July a feature on the adolescent pregnancy conversation. Adriane Salinas, UNFPA Officer for Sexual and Reproductive Health, said that the risk of death for girls aged 10 to 14 who have been pregnant is five times higher than for a woman who is biologically prepared to develop a healthy pregnancy. Watch in Spanish: ABCtv

ABC Colour and La Nacion reported on 11 July that "the age of 10 to 14 years is definitely unacceptable to talk about pregnancy, since the relationship that generated this pregnancy is always classifiable as sexual violence," according to UNFPA Assistant Representative Manuelita Escobar Argaña. Read in Spanish:  ABC Colour and La Nación

Última Hora mentioned on 11 July that 20% of live births are to adolescents, equivalent to 1 in 3 pregnancies in Paraguay. The United Nations Population Fund stressed that one of the interventions that enable adolescents and youth to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives is comprehensive sexual education. Read in Spanish: UH

Diario ABC Colour, published on its website that every year in Paraguay thousands of girls and adolescents become pregnant resulting in significant social and economic consequences, and must be addressed with comprehensive public policies to eradicate it. Read in Spanish: ABC Digital

Canal 4, Telefuturo reported on 10 and 11 July on a parliamentarian conversation, organized by UNFPA, to discuss adolescent pregnancies. Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer for UNFPA Adriane Salinas said that according to the Ministry of Public Health of Paraguay, 600 adolescents aged 10-14 give birth each year and 21,000 births are to women aged 15-19 years. She expert also said that the risk of death for girls aged 10 to 14 who have been pregnant is five times higher than for a woman who is biologically prepared to develop a healthy pregnancy. The event was prepared to commemorate World Population Day. Watch in Spanish: Telefuturo

ABC Colour on 12 July reported that on World Population Day,  UNFPA emphasized that with the second highest rate in the world, teenage pregnancy is a major problem in Latin America. Read in spanish: ABC

SENEGAL: Le Soleil and the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) on 11 and 12 July reported on the celebration for World Population Day in Fatick, a region located 150 km east of Dakar. The problem of teenage pregnancy remains a relevant issue in Fatick because the population is very young. 17% of women aged 15-19 are already mothers or pregnant. To solve this problem, the resident representative of UNFPA advocates for more investment in girls education. He called for comprehensive sex education in school and out of school to teach boys and girls how to protect their health. Read in French: Le Soleil and APS

SWAZILAND: The Swazi Observer on 12 July reported that UNFPA praised the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Hlobisile Ndlovu for talking about how she was raped during her first sexual encounter. Whilst many people thought the Minister’s pronouncement was a publicity stunt, UNFPA Representative Dr. Hassan Mohtashami hailed the Minister for advocating and making a statement so that young girls are protected from early marriages, teenage pregnancy and forced sex. Dr. Mohtashami made these remarks during a press conference to launch World Population Day.

The Times of Swaziland on 12 July reported that the Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Prince Hlangusemphi, remarked, during the official launch of World Population Day, that a significant number of Swazi girls  between 15 and 19 years of age already have a child or are pregnant. The Minister further noted that the increased risk of maternal and child mortality are some of the critical adverse outcomes associated with teenage pregnancy.

SWEDEN: On 11 July, World Population Day, Expressen published an op-ed on teenage pregnancy, co-written by Pernille Fenger (chief of UNFPA Nordic Office) and Alexander Gabelic (President of the United Nations Association of Sweden). The op-ed called for global action in order to invest in the world's 500 million adolescent girls and ensure that their rights to decide over their own bodies and futures are secured. Read in Swedish: Expressen

TAJIKISTAN: Multiple media outlets on 11 July reported that a statement released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on the occasion of World Population Day notes that there are over 600 million girls in the world today, more than 500 million of them in developing countries. “With the right skills and opportunities, they can invest in themselves, in their families and their communities. However, pregnancy jeopardizes the rights, health, education and potential of far too many adolescent girls, robbing them of a better future” the statement said. Read in English: News.tj Read in Russian: News.tj, Rus, PatriotJ

TURKEY: Multiple media outlets on 10 July reported that the main theme of World Population Day, celebrated on 11 July, is adolescent pregnancy. Complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth continue to be the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 in developing countries. Dr. Zahidul Huque, UNFPA Representative in Turkey, calls for more investment in girls to ensure they can reach their full potential and have the opportunity to demand their human rights. Moreover, investment in girls delays marriage, postpones child bearing and leads to healthier children and a higher income. “Educated and healthy girls have the power to change their communities for future generations” Huque said. Read in Turkish: Stargundem, Haberturk, Bugun, PlatinHaber, IHA, Sondakika, CumHuriyet, Tuik, Yenisafak, NTV MSNBC, Yenialanya, BIK

UGANDA: The Daily Monitor on 11 July reported on World Population Day and teenage pregnancy in Uganda and featured opinions from UNFPA ED Babatunde Osotimehin and Assistant Country Representative Dr. Wilfred Ochan. UNFPA urged sex education in schools and praised the implementation of the national adolescent policy by Kasambya Primary School with has opened its doors to teen mothers. Read in English: Daily Monitor

The New Vision on 11 July published the op-ed by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin stressing the need to support adolescent girls.

The Daily Monitor on 11 July reported on the need for youth involvement in development programmes. The story mentions UNFPA's Dr. Ismail Ndifuna calling for attention to the high rate of school dropout among girls due to teenage pregnancy.

The New Vision on 11 July published information for the Ugandan Demographic Health Survey and facts about teenage pregnancy in Uganda. Lack of access to contraceptives has resulted in unsafe abortions, deaths, fistulas and excessive bleeding. UNFPA ED Babatunde Osotimehin is mentioned in the article.

The New Vision on 11 July reported on family planning and its access by Ugandan women. The story mentions UNFPA and the pledge by the president to increase the budget for family planning.

UKRAINE: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on World Population Day in Ukraine, the theme of which, for 2013, is adolescent pregnancy, its challenges and impact on shaping the future. In Ukraine, the adolescent pregnancy rate is comparable to the European Union average, however, over the last 5-7 years, Ukraine experienced increasingly earlier sexual début among adolescents. Statistics also show that despite a drastic reduction of the number of abortions among girls aged 15-17, the number of abortions for girls younger than 14 years old has plateaued. Ms. Nuzhat Ehsan drew attention to the fact that young people are becoming sexually active at increasingly younger ages and this exposes them not only to unwanted pregnancy, but also to HIV and other STIs. UNFPA in Ukraine jointly, with the Government of Ukraine and partner agencies, continues its efforts aimed at strengthening access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services especially in rural areas where around 35% of the current adolescent population resides. Read and watch in Ukrainian: Unian, TSN, UA Foreign Affairs, Radio Svoboda Read and watch in Russian: Unian, Ru.TSN

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