Message from Executive Director for World Population Day 2012

Giving birth is typically the most joyful moment in a woman’s life. Yet, this very process takes the life of so many women worldwide.  Every day, some 800 women die in pregnancy or childbirth from complications that are very often preventable. And for every woman who dies, around 20 more suffer debilitating childbirth injuries, such as obstetric fistula. We already have aninternational consensus on how to address that. All we need now are resources and accelerated and sustained action. Read

World Leaders Adopt Consensus Vision, ‘The Future We Want’, Cementing Central Role of Reproductive Health in Sustainability

UNITED NATIONS, New York — The World’s Heads of State and Government adopted, ‘The Future We Want’, a common global vision that reaffirmed commitments their nations made in the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The leaders also called for its full implementation as key strategies for reaching effective sustainable development. Read

Beyond MDGs: Indonesia’s Role as Middle Income Country in Addressing HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Jakarta, 21 May 2012 - Despite some notable achievements in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets, Indonesia faces a huge challenge in achieving the MDG 5 i.e.,  reducing maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and achieving universal access to reproductive health,  and to the MDG 6, i.e.,  reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Read

Investing in Midwifery Pays

United Nations, New York -- Urgent action is needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on child and maternal health before the target year of 2015, and investing in human resources for health, especially midwifery, is one the soundest investments a country can make to accelerate progress, state UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, and ICM Secretary-General, Agneta S. Bridges, on the International Day of Midwife.  


Advocacy Visit to Papua

Jayapura - On 15 February 2012, UNFPA Representative, Mr. Jose Ferraris led a team from Jakarta and  Field Coordination Office  in Jayapura to undertake an advocacy visit to the Governments of Papua Province and Jayapura regency. Read

Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty

Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty
Message of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012

Today, on International Women’s Day, UNFPA renews its commitment to gender equality and human rights and dignity.

Many rural women have limited autonomy and low status, which puts them at increased risk of hunger, gender-based violence and other human rights violations. Advancing rural women’s political, social and economic status are vital ends in themselves as well as critical strategies to eradicate poverty, promote women’s rights and pave the way for sustainable development.


Press release: UNFPA assists pregnant women displaced by Indonesian volcano

Tens of thousands of pregnant women are among the 320,000 people uprooted by two recent eruptions of Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia. To protect their health, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has provided medical supplies to four affected districts and is giving technical assistance in delivering reproductive health services. Read

Ibu Epon weaves fancy objects and economic empowerment for women in remote Sukarindik village of Tasikmalaya

West Java, INDONESIA - Using plants available abundantly in Tasikmalaya district and generation-old, traditional weaving skills, Ibu Epon (63) has been making fancy handycraft and at the same time weaving close social bond and economic empowerment for women in her small village. Read

Mini grant unites the community to support pregnant women and saves lives

JAKARTA, 07 April 2005 - Knowing the signs of high risk pregnancies and helping pregnant women reach a nearby community health centers (puskesmas), equipped with minimum obstetric care on time are important to ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth. Read