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Former UNFPA Leaders Praise London Summit as Transformative Moment for Family Planning

<p>On World Population Day, two former UNFPA Executive Directors, Dr. Nafis Sadik and Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, released the following statement calling on the world to prioritize the work of the London Summit on…

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South Sudan Commemorates its First Birthday

JUBA, Republic of South Sudan -- One year ago, the streets of this dusty town erupted in jubilation as South Sudan gained its independence.

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Executive Director Visits Rocinha, One of South America’s Largest Slums

FAVELA DA ROCINHA, Brazil --- Promptly at 7 am, on the third day of his mission to the Rio+20 conference, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin set out in another direction.

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Conducting a Social, Demographic and Economic Survey of Afghanistan

BAMYAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan --- “No one has done a survey here before, and nobody knows the type of challenges we face here,” said Mohammad Ibrahim, a farmer from the Bamiyan province during the enumeration phase of…

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Scaling Up the Humanitarian Response for Syrian Refugees

MACCHA, Lebanon— Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria last year, nearly 80,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Over 26,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon alone.

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Rio+20: Nations Renew Agreements on Reproductive Health, Family Planning, Youth and Women’s Empowerment

RIO DE JANEIRO —On the eve of the official opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Member States announced that they had agreed on the Conference’s outcome document, The Future We Want.

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The Children of Rio: Capturing Changes through the Lives of Young People

At the 1992 Rio Earth Summit world leaders signed up to a series of agreements intended to create a greener, fairer world – a world that would guarantee future resources for our children. That same year tve started…

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In Sudan: Changing Labels, Changing Lives

Ghalfa, the Sudanese word describing a girl who has not had her genitals ritually cut, carries connotations of impurity, promiscuity, even prostitution. However, the word Saleema means whole, intact, healthy in body and…

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Raising Awareness for Cervical Cancer in the Balkans

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Amela Dafovic feels lucky to be alive. The fact that she is still here is thanks to her gut feeling that something was wrong, despite assurances from her doctors suggesting otherwise.

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