United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Launches State of World Population (SWOP) 2013 Report: Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy

Yogyakarta, 8 November 2013 – Each year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works together with local governments around the world to produce the State of World Population (SWOP) report on a different theme based on population-related issues that arise during the reporting period. Read

More than 7 Million Girls in Poor Countries Give Birth Before 18 Each Year, Finds New UNFPA Report

LONDON/UNITED NATIONS, New York — Motherhood in childhood is a huge global problem, especially in developing countries, where every year 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth, according to The State of World Population 2013 , released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Read

Statement on the International Day of the Girl Child

More girls are in school today than ever before.  However, too many girls, especially the most marginalized, have never seen the inside of a classroom, or they go to school only sporadically, never getting the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to reach their full potential.  For those in school, challenges like teacher shortages abound, making learning difficult even for the most motivated student.  Read

Harnessing population dynamics can boost national resilience: theme of the annual meeting of the Population Coalition in Makassar

MAKASSAR, Indonesia: The interconnection between population dynamics and national resilience was highlighted at the recent seminar in Makassar. “The main focus should be on the quantity, quality and mobility of Indonesia’s population,” said Mr. Sonny Harmadi, National Chairman of the Indonesian Coalition for Population and Development (the Population Coalition) and currently Director of the Demographic Institute, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. Population experts emphasized demographic aspects that affect national resilience, including population growth, population quality (health, education and socioeconomic empowerment), migration and urbanization. Read

Sachs, Bongaarts underscored the importance of population and family planning for sustainable development


At the UNFPA Indonesia-sponsored Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Bali, March 2013, two noted international experts, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs and Vice President of the Population Council Dr John Bongaarts highlighted the need for balanced population growth through voluntary family planning to ensure sustainable social and economic development and the protection of the enviroment.  Read

UNFPA assists during Jakarta's January floods

On 17 January 2013, UNFPA received a formal request from the Ministry of Health’s Directorate for Maternal Health to assist in meeting affected populations’ need for hygiene kits, particularly those of vulnerable groups, such as women of reproductive age, pregnant women, post-delivery women, and newborn babies.

New award and annual seminar will remember Dr. Firman Lubis

Jakarta, 11 December 2012 — Colleagues remember him as "a pioneer." For decades, they say, Dr. Firman Lubis dedicated himself to doing what was right to improve the health and welfare of Indonesians, particularly those who are poor, vulnerable, voiceless and marginalized.

UNFPA Indonesia Engages Religious Leaders and Government in Eliminating Early Marriage

Jakarta, 27 November 2012— Religious leaders are uniquely positioned to protect the dignity and rights of young people by discouraging early marriage, UNFPA Representative in Indonesia Jose Ferraris said today during the National Dialogue. Read

State of World Population 2012 launches in Indonesia: UNFPA report calls for universal access to voluntary family planning

Jakarta, 14 November 2012 — Millions of people continue struggle for the right to plan the number and spacing of their children, according to a report by UNFPA titled, "State of World Population 2012: By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development," which launched in Indonesia today at Jakarta’s InterContinental MidPlaza Hotel. Read

State of World Population 2012: By Choice, Not By Chance - Family Planning, Human Rights and Development

Jakarta, 14 November 2012— The right to access family planning is widely recognized in the global community, but denied to millions around the world. The costs of ignoring this right include poverty, social exclusion, poor health, and gender inequality, according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Read