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23 May 2018 - 23 May 2018


International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. The condition "is silently robbing millions of women and girls of their health, hope and dignity," said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem in her statement marking the occasion. Details

17 May 2018 - 17 May 2018


International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

This International Day calls on the world to respect sexual and gender diversity, and to uphold the right of all people to live free of violence, persecution, stigma and discrimination. UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem observed the day with a statement emphasizing that the organization “stands with all members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities worldwide.” Details

5 May 2018 - 5 May 2018


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. Yet there are massive midwife shortages around the world. UNFPA works at the global, regional and national level to scale up midwifery services, supporting training efforts and providing supplies and materials to midwifery institutions. Details

10 April 2018 - 10 April 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Drivers and consequences of youth mixed migration

This side event of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development examines the drivers and consequences of migration flows. It places a special focus on mixed migration – meaning the mixed flows of different kinds of migrants, including economic migrants and refugees – and young migrants. Details

9 April 2018 - 13 April 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Commission on Population and Development, 51st session

On 9 April, the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development will begin at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme of this year's Commission is "Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration." Migration and urbanization are reshaping the global landscape. These megatrends are transforming the world socially, economically and demographically, offering both opportunities and challenges. Details

9 April 2018 - 9 April 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

6 April 2018 - 6 April 2018

United Nations, New York

14th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture: Ms. Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile

Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture series provides a unique forum for distinguished guest lecturers to discuss important aspects of population and development.  The 14th lecture will be delivered by President of Chile Michelle Bachelet. Her lecture will take place on 6 April 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters, New York. It can be livestreamed here. On the lecture series: Details

19 March 2018 - 19 March 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Joint side event: "Addressing violence against women and girls in humanitarian contexts in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Health as an entry point."

Women and girls living in the Eastern Mediterranean Region face extremely high levels of violence and abuse. Those living in humanitarian crises are even more vulnerable, as families are pushed to the breaking point by displacement, poverty and unrest. A study by UNFPA  and partners, for example, found an alarming rise in child marriages among vulnerable Syrian refugee populations in Lebanon. Details

13 March 2018 - 13 March 2018

One UN Plaza, New York

Together for Girls - Violence knows no borders

Violence against women and girls is the most prevalent human right violation in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, about one in three women experience violence in their lifetime. Details

12 March 2018 - 12 March 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Ministerial Round Table: “Good practices in the empowerment of rural women and girls, including through prevention of gender-based violence and access to justice, social services and health care”

Women living in rural, marginalized communities are among the most vulnerable, often facing limited access to essential services, including health care, social services and justice. Women who experience illness, pregnancy complications, poverty or violence may have nowhere to turn. When these services become available, however, women and girls can thrive. Details