Latest United Nations Population Fund Stories

2010-02-18 14:13:22

More than 500,000 women die each year worldwide due to complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth. Half of these women live in sub-Saharan Africa. A research team from the King Juan Carlos University (URJC) in Madrid says these women are not dying as a result of any illness, but rather from a lack of basic healthcare measures. "Maternal mortality is a good indicator of a country's healthcare situation and of the inequalities between men and women", Jos© Luis...

2010-01-14 12:19:00

UNITED NATIONS, New York, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is working as part of the coordinated United Nations response and with other partners to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to those who have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Experts are carrying out assessments in Port-au-Prince to determine the extent of the human toll and material damages in as much detail as possible. "UNFPA extends solidarity, compassion and...

2010-01-08 16:48:00

Health and Development Groups Applaud Clinton Speech; Call for Action WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A broad coalition of organizations representing millions of Americans applauded today's statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the United States unequivocally supports the worldwide consensus that achieving universal access to reproductive health is critical for individual health, family well-being, broader economic development and a healthy planet. In a speech...

2009-12-09 08:09:00

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) will present Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, with the Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, on Thursday, 10 December, Human Rights Day. Established in 1997, the award is given annually to individuals for substantial contributions to human rights. Ms. Obaid's selection for this year's award, according to UNA-NCA, "is an...

2009-12-03 06:00:00

Targeted Investments Can Also Radically Reduce Unintended Pregnancies and Unsafe Abortion and Lower Poverty Levels NEW YORK, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maternal deaths in developing countries could be slashed by 70% and newborn deaths cut nearly in half if the world doubled investment in family planning and pregnancy-related care, shows a new report by the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Currently, more than half a million maternal deaths and 3.5...

2009-11-18 13:15:00

If women were to have better access to contraceptives, it could actually help the battle against global warming, the UN Population Fund claimed on Wednesday. In a 104-page report, the UNFPA said the use of contraceptives among women would help to slow population growth, which "would help build social resilience to climate change's impacts and would contribute to a reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions in the future." "It really is the first time that a United Nations agency has looked hard at...

2009-11-18 08:00:00

LONDON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, droughts, melting glaciers and extreme weather, concludes The State of World Population 2009, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. "Poor women in poor countries are among the hardest hit by climate change, even though they contributed the least to it," says UNFPA...

2009-10-07 14:30:00

BANGKOK, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following the recent series of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is providing humanitarian assistance in affected countries throughout the region. As part of the coordinated United Nations response and working through local partners, the Fund is primarily addressing reproductive health needs, particularly those of displaced pregnant women. Indonesia. UNFPA is actively helping the three districts...

2009-09-25 10:55:00

Collaboration Among Leading Public and Private Sector Organizations Formed to Bring International Attention to this Injustice NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, WHO) and private sector supporters will join together later today via the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in a new approach to address the rights violations and health impacts of sexual violence against...

2009-09-03 12:25:00

A lack of financing for global birth control programs has ended in an overwhelming number of unwanted pregnancies and death due to complications from childbirth. This has lead the UN to call for the world to focus on improving women's health and provide easier access to contraception. "It would cost the world only 23 billion dollars per year to stop women from having unintended pregnancies and dying in childbirth," said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, director of the United Nations Population Fund...

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