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10 December 2017

We must be bold and vocal in promoting the rights of all people to make free decisions

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017 Today, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we celebrate the... Read more

25 November 2017

Commit to ending gender-based violence by 2030: UNFPA Executive Director

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November 2017 Rohingya refugees fleeing into Bangladesh have... Read more

20 November 2017
Midwives attend to clients in Sindh Province. Midwifery training programmes are empowering women and saving lives. © UNFPA Pakistan

In Pakistan, empowering midwives to empower women

TANDO MOHAMMAD KHAN/NAUSHAHARO FEROZE, Pakistan – Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition. When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi... Read more

11 October 2017
Photo: UNFPA

Empower girls: before, during and after crises

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for the International Day of the Girl Child   Girls today enjoy better life prospects than previous generations in many ways. Prosperity and... Read more

12 July 2017

Just $8.39 per person could give women control over their fertility

Written by Yoriko Yasukawa, UNFPA's Asia-Pacific Regional Director, this article was originally published by the World Economic Forum.  Nestled in a remote forest near the border with Vietnam, the... Read more

11 July 2017
Press Release

No woman should die giving birth. Babies must survive and thrive: The urgent need to invest in family planning, maternal and newborn health care

Bangkok, July 11, 2017 – Family planning is not only a fundamental human right that empowers individuals, especially women and girls, and helps save the lives of women and newborns, it is vital to... Read more

28 June 2017
Press Release

Partnerships, empowerment and action: an essential services package to end violence against women and girls in Asia-Pacific

  United Nations agencies convene over 100 government and civil society partners from 12 countries for a landmark regional meeting in Bangkok to respond to gender-based violence Bangkok, June 28,... Read more

5 June 2017
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA

UNFPA mourns the passing away of Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

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

4 November 2014

Estimated 75,000 pregnant women affected by floods in Pakistan

People seek shelter on higher ground after late monsoon rains caused widespread flooding across Pakistan's Punjab region, affecting more than 2.5 million people, including an estimated 75,000... Read more

28 July 2014

UNFPA responds to needs of 36,000 pregnant women displaced in Pakistan

Thousands of displaced families have been living for years in the Jalozai camp in Pakistan's Nowshera District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At the end of June, military operations in  North Waziristan... Read more