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Panel moderator Asha Curran, director of the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd St Y, with UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and Ashley Judd, an actress and human rights activist, at the Social Good Summit in New York. © UNFPA/Koye Adeboye
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Young people are an engine for progress, but their potential future will go unfulfilled if they are not empowered, said UNFPA Executive Dr. Director Babatunde Osotimehin and actress and activist Ashley Judd, at the Social Good Summit held yesterday in New York.
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.
Midwife Chanduong Rotha speaks to So Pumngea about family planning at the Orrusei Health Center in Kratie Province. Ms. So says family planning is an important way to help her family emerge from poverty. © Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA
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“My parents had many children, and they couldn’t afford to send us to school,” said So Pumngea, 24, in Cambodia’s rural Kratie Province. “Before, families had to stay poor.” But today, Ms. So has a powerful tool to help her break free of the cycle of poverty: family planning.

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