Press Release

Days Before World Convenes on Migration, UNFPA to Launch Report on Women, Youth, International Migration

31 Aug 2006


UNITED NATIONS, New York — Women are half of all international migrants, but their rights and concerns are largely ignored, says a forthcoming report by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The State of World Population 2006, to be released on 6 September, just days before a major United Nations meeting on migration and development, stresses that migration can be a win-win situation, but only if women’s rights, health and needs are addressed.

UNFPA will also release Moving Young, a youth supplement to the report, featuring the stories of 10 young people whose lives have been shaped by migration.

The report is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish. 


Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNFPA Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, will launch the report at a press conference in London on 6 September. For information, contact Peter Robbs: +44-1480-465328,, or Claire Hoffman, +44-208-892-5215,

In New York, Laura Laski, Senior Technical Adviser, will present the report at a press conference at 11:15 a.m. at United Nations Headquarters, Room S-226. Contacts: Omar Gharzeddine, +1-212-297-5028, gharzeddine@unfpa,org, or Abubakar Dungus, +1-212-297-5031,

In Washington, D.C., Maria Jose Alcala, the report’s principal author, will present it at 10 a.m. at The National Press Club. Other participants will include United States Representative Carolyn Maloney (New York); Kathleen Newland, Migration Policy Institute; and Susan Forbes Martin, Georgetown University and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration. Contact: Sarah Craven, +1-202-326-8713,


UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

UNFPA’s State of World Population report has been published annually since 1978. Each year, the report focuses on questions of current interest and concern for the future. The report will also be launched in about 120 countries around the world, including a number of European and other cities.

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