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Past Events

10 July 2017 - 10 July 2017

London, United Kingdom

The Professor Babatunde Osotimehin Lecture: Family Planning as a Pillar for Achieving the Demographic Dividend

In advance of the 2017 Family Planning Summit, the global community will pause to acknowledge the legacy of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. Dr. Osotimehin dedicated his life to the conviction that sexual and reproductive health and rights, and in particular high-quality, accessible family planning for all, must be prioritized in the global development agenda. Details

22 June 2017 - 22 June 2017

United Nations Headquarters, New York

UN Population Award Ceremony

The United Nations Population Award, which every year honours an individual and/or institution for outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health questions, was presented to the 2017 Laureates on 22 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York.  Details

18 June 2017 - 22 June 2017

Toronto, Canada

Thirty-first Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives

This meeting brings together midwifery associations, partners and supporters, with the aim of promoting and strengthening midwifery programmes and associations around the world.  A delegation from UNFPA, including midwives working in the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, will be attending the Congress. UNFPA aims to raise awarness of the challenges facing midwives in emergency settings, and to support and advance the cause of midwifery in the developing world.  Details

6 June 2017 - 6 June 2017

United Nations, New York

Commemoration of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

The Executive Board held a one-hour commemoration ceremony for UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on 6 June 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Dr. Osotimehin passed away suddenly on 4 June. He had served UNFPA as Executive Director since January 2011.  Below are selected statements delivered at the event. Details

23 May 2017 - 23 May 2017


International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. The condition typically leaves women incontinent, as well as subject to infections or other health conditions. Women with fistula are often shunned by their communities. Yet the condition is almost entirely preventable. Its persistence is a sign of global inequality and an indication that health systems are failing to protect the health and human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls.  Details

15 May 2017 - 15 May 2017


International Day of Families

May 15 is the International Day of Families, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237. The day reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. Families are strongest and healthiest when all people are empowered to access health care, acquire an education, contribute to their homes and communities, and realize their full potential. UNFPA supports the rights of all people to live healthy, empowered and fulfilled lives.  Details

5 May 2017 - 5 May 2017


International Day of the Midwife

Midwives – and people with midwifery skills – are the main caregivers for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. Skilled midwives  are the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women and infants every year. Details

4 April 2017 - 20 April 2017


Vote for UNFPA at the Webbys!

We are proud to announce that UNFPA has been recognized by the Webbys, the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet.    Details

13 March 2017 - 24 March 2017

United Nations, New York

Commission on the Status of Women 61

The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women takes place at United Nations Headquarters starting on 13 March.  Details

8 March 2017 - 8 March 2017


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is dedicated to reflecting on the achievements of ordinary women who have made an extraordinary impact in their countries and communities, and to celebrate the contributions of women all around the world. This year's day focuses on increasing efforts to achieve gender equality by 2030, the deadline for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. The official United Nations theme is: Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality.  Details