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6 June 2018
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UNFPA ANNUAL REPORT 2017

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR    Year on year, millions of women and adolescents in 155 countries and territories have been progressively able to exercise their sexual and reproductive health... Read more

13 May 2018
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Article 16 of the Teheran Proclamation declared, "Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children." © UN Photo

Fifty years ago, it became official: Family planning is a human right

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Throughout all of human history, efforts to plan, avoid or delay pregnancy had... Read more

13 May 2018
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“I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls,” said Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse in Malawi, in 2015. She has been trained to provide sexual and reproductive information and care to young people. “Now I know that anyone of childbearing age is eligible for family planning,” she said. © UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick

Nine standards to uphold the human right to family planning

Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Until family planning is a universally available choice, this human right will not be fully realized. UNFPA... Read more

8 March 2018
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Protecting reproductive rights of rural women: a pathway to a more equal world

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018 The economic inequalities plaguing much of the world today are reinforced by many other forms of inequality,... Read more

6 February 2018
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Latty, 14, was inspired by her mother to call for the elimination of FGM. Luca Zordan for UNFPA

“I refused”: Brave women and girls take a stand against FGM

UNITED NATIONS, New York/Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother. Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM... Read more

4 February 2018
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UNFPA's vision and agenda 2030

Imagine a world where  every pregnancy is wanted  every childbirth is safe and  every young person's potential is fulfilled This is the world we are striving to realize. Our goal is to achieve... Read more

1 February 2018
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Fanny, in Malawi, was married at 17. “This was due to pressure from my parents, who were overwhelmed by the deep poverty we were experiencing, but I was not ready,” she said. © UNFPA Malawi

Top 5 things you didn’t know about child marriage

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Around the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a romantic time for couples. Yet millions of children are coupled up before they are ready, often against their wills.... Read more

17 October 2017
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Worlds Apart

In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges... Read more

3 October 2017
Press Release

Dr. Natalia Kanem Appointed UNFPA Executive Director

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 3 October 2017 — Dr. Natalia Kanem was appointed Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today by Secretary-General António Guterres. She holds the... Read more

5 June 2017
Press Release

UNFPA mourns passing of Executive Director

UNITED NATIONS— With profound sadness, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, announces that its Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, passed away suddenly at his home last night.  He was... Read more

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