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    • More than 200 million of women and adolescent girls are not using modern contraceptives even though they want to avoid pregnancy, the 52nd Commission on Population and Development heard today. In Thailand, a UNFPA-supported emergency shelter for pregnant teens. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr
    • UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd delivered the keynote address:
    • Ulla Tørnæs, the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, announced her Government's -sponsorship of the Nairobi Summit in November. Image from UNTV
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Declaration affirms global support for reproductive health and rights

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 will seek additional commitments from governments, organizations, advocates and others, to accelerate efforts to realize these goals

Ministers and representatives of Governments unanimously adopted a political declaration today reaffirming support for the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which established that that reproductive health, individual rights and women’s empowerment are critical to achieving sustainable development. The declaration  comes on the 25th anniversary of…

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    • Women and girls are receiving dignity kits, which contain essential hygiene supplies as well as safety whistles. © UNFPA Mozambique/Vidal Mahundla
    • Tina Patissone with her husband and their newborn daughter, Joana Antonio. © UNFPA Mozambique
    • Widespread floods have affected access to services due to damaged health facilities and roads. © UNFPA Malawi
    • Reproductive health kits being readied for distribution. © UNFPA Malawi/Leticia Nangwale
    • A dignity kit distribution in Mozambique. © UNFPA Mozambique/Vidal Mahundla
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Catastrophic Cyclone Idai leaves pregnant women vulnerable in three countries

Flash floods and landslides have washed away homes, health facilities, bridges and schools, flooding whole communities

Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm struck, communities throughout Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling from days of fatal downpours and flooding. Humanitarian partners are describing the damage as “massive and horrifying.” Hundreds are…

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The visit of UNFPA Regional Director Mabingue Ngom in Cameroon

Two working sessions will be held to strengthen the strategic lines of partnership between Cameroon and UNFPA

The Regional Director for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mr. Mabingue Ngom, conducts a working visit to Cameroon from 25 to 28 March 2019. The visit is organized in the framework of UNFPA regional activities planning meeting, which is being held in Yaoundé. To this…

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    • Fatmata Sesay reenrolled in school after becoming pregnant at age 15. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
    • “Seeing my peers attending school every morning was a bitter pill for me to swallow,” Fatmata said. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
    • Fatmata has returned to her parents' home and her life has become more stable. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
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A guiding hand: School counsellors in Sierra Leone address early pregnancy, child marriage

In Sierra Leone, 28 per cent of adolescent girls between ages 15 and 19 are pregnant or already mothers, according to a 2013 survey

Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage marriage, she says. To make matters even more difficult, childcare responsibilities meant Fatmata was unable…

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    • In this Islamic study group, older women bring up questions that younger women are too embarrassed to raise. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
    • Malama Ouani preaches about the importance of women's health and rights. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
    • Women discuss sexual and reproductive health at an Islamic study session. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
    • Dr. Zalha Assoumana, centre, says she has seen women embrace the lessons about women's rights. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
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Female Islamic preachers call for women’s rights, contraception in Niger

Contraception could help save lives, enabling women to avoid or delay pregnancy and allowing their bodies to recover between births

The preacher Malama Ouani may seem like an unlikely advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She teaches women about Islam and family welfare during study groups, known as “madrassas,” in her conservative community in southern Niger. But her lessons explore aspects of family that are seldom discussed in…

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The Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25): Accelerating the promise, 13 November 2019 - 15 November 2019

UNFPA and the Government of Kenya are convening a high-level conference to advance the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action

The ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development sparked a revolution in women's reproductive health and rights. Twenty-five years later, the goals of this movement have not yet been reached. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place in Cairo…

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    • Jémima Masika was infected with Ebola and survived. © UNFPA DRC/Brigitte Kiaku
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Surviving Ebola: “I was so afraid to die and be put in a body bag”

This is the country’s tenth Ebola outbreak – but it is the first time the densely populated province of North Kivu, an active conflict zone, has been affected

By Aimee Manimani with reporting from Brigitte Kiaku When Jémima Masika, 26, lost her parents to Ebola in August, she thought deadly virus was a myth – then she fell sick herself. “I did not believe in the existence of Ebola,” she said. “Like many, I took the disease for…

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The Nairobi Summit to advance the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development, which took place in Cairo in 1994

The Government of the Republic of Kenya and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today announced the convening of a high-level conference to advance the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the promise will be held in…

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Closing of Crossing Egypt Challenge

Raising awareness on population growth

Cairo, 8 February 2018, today marks the closing of Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s campaign “Crossing Egypt Challenge”. The campaign aimed at raising awareness on Egypt’s population growth. The closing event is hosted by Ministry of Youth and Sports and organized to commemorate…

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Government of Italy grants United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Somalia three million Euros for the reduction of maternal mortality in Somalia

The funding from Italy is fundamental in contributing to Somalia’s social and human development, particularly in the National Development Plan (NDP) areas of health, youth, gender and resilience capacity building

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, is making a contribution of 3 million Euros towards the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s new Country Programme for Somalia over the period 2017-2020. In partnership with UNFPA, this generous contribution…