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12 August 2018 - 12 August 2018


International Youth Day

In 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 12 August as International Youth Day. 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

23 July 2018 - 27 July 2018

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

22nd International AIDS Conference

The 22nd International AIDS Conference brings together experts and advocates from around the world. Together, they will present new findings on HIV and its prevention, develop productive collaborations, and promote responses to the global epidemic that advance the dignity, human rights and health of those affected.  Details

11 July 2018 - 11 July 2018


World Population Day

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, on World Population Day, UNFPA will celebrate the theme "Family Planning is a Human Right." Details

26 June 2018 - 26 June 2018

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 2018 Laureates on 26 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York.  This year's winners are Sir Prince Ramsey, a family physician from Antigua and Barbuda, as well as Save a Child's Heart (Israel) and The Guttmacher Institute (United States). Details

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 - 9 April 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

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