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The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency threatens to undermine development throughout the region. Girls in northern Nigeria. © UNFPA Nigeria/Ololade Daniel
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Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, the result of a relentless and ongoing campaign of violence by Boko Haram insurgents.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are projected onto the United Nations building ahead of the Sustainable Development Summit. © UN Photo/Cia Pak
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World leaders today unanimously adopted a historic set of global goals on eliminating poverty, achieving gender equality, and securing health and well-being for all people, at the opening of the three-day Sustainable Development Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon meet with 15 girls from Nigeria's Kaduna State, who presented a drama about the challenges they face in their community. © UNFPA Nigeria/Adeola Olunloyo
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“I am proud to be a girl.” These were the bold closing words of a drama performed for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.

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