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19 August 2017 - 19 August 2017


World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work. Details

12 August 2017 - 12 August 2017


International Youth Day 2017

12 August was designated as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in promoting human rights and development. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.  Details

17 July 2017 - 17 July 2017

United Nations Headquarters, New York

High-level event on investing in youth to eradicate poverty and promote prosperity

This high-level luncheon event will bring together leaders and officials to discuss how to help countries achieve a demographic dividend, the boost in economic growth and development that can occur when there are proportionally more people of working age than dependents. Details

11 July 2017 - 11 July 2017

London, United Kingdom

Family Planning Summit

UPDATE: Commitments from the Summit Details

11 July 2017 - 11 July 2017


World Population Day 2017

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year's theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” Details

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 2017

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