Statement of the UNFPA Executive Director for World Population Day 2016

11-Jul-2016
The teenage years are for some girls a time of exploration, learning and increasing autonomy. But for many others, it is a time of increasing vulnerability and exclusion from rights and opportunities, or just plain discrimination.  Read

Sexual Health in East Asia: It's a Matter of Life and Death

30-May-2016
As a Japanese citizen, I read with great interest the speech US President Barack Obama gave during his recent historic visit to Hiroshima, and one sentence struck me like no other: “Those who died, they are like us.” Read

World’s First Humanitarian Summit Commits to Ensuring Sexual, Reproductive Health; Empowering Young People

24-May-2016
ISTANBUL, 24 May 2016–The World Humanitarian Summit concluded here today with a demonstrated resolve to live up to the pledge to leave no one behind, including the more than 60 million displaced, and women, children and other groups in crises. Read

Indonesia has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus

19-May-2016
JAKARTA, 19 May 2016 – Today, Indonesia is declared as having eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA congratulate the Government of Indonesia for this major achieve as the country has significantly reduced this unacceptable inequity in immunization despite the challenges the country has in providing services in thousands of its islands. Read

Investing in Women, Girls Pays Dividends

16-May-2016
When investing in women and girls, everybody wins. That is the resounding message expected to come out of the Danish capital this week when Copenhagen hosts the largest international conference on women’s and girls’ rights, health and well-being yet to be held this millennium.  Read