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UNFPA State of World Population Report 2017

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has released its annual State of World Population Report, entitled 'Worlds Apart: Reproductive health and rights in an age of inequality'. Dr. Justine Coulson, UNFPA Deputy Regional Director for UNFPA East and Southern Africa, joined Morning Live to break down the contents of the report.

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Worlds Apart: Reproductive health and rights in an age of inequality

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In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a path that we pursue at our peril. The yawning gap between the richest and the poorest is not only unfair, but a risk to economies, communities and nations.

Unless we start addressing the structural and multidimensional inequalities within our societies, we will never attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all. This standard was envisaged by the 179 governments that endorsed the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which guides the work of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

 

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Innovate for social and reproductive health

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Watch the demo day of the second Ugandan accelerator cycle, at which four startups were launched, on 5 October 2017. The Innovation Accelerator was funded by DFID and supported by UNFPA. The video features profiles of all seven startups accelerated in Uganda across two accelerator cycles. These are seven social enterprises, all led by young professionals who took charge in solving sexual and reproductive challenges that affect their peers. UNFPA's Innovation Accelerator programme supported them in becoming agents of positive social change in their countries.

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Can Young People Help Build Peace?

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Is it true that young people are typically victims and/or perpetrators of violence in times of conflict? Young peace builders from 15 countries in East and Southern Africa gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss how young people can contribute towards creating peace and security, and being the change they want to see. This is what they had to say.

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FGM and Child Marriage in Kenya

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This is the story of Faith Kiraison, a courageous girl who ran away from her home at the tender age of 11 to avoid female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Find out how UNFPA is supporting her right to sexual and reproductive health and to stay in school, to lead a healthy, empowered life.

This is the first episode of the UNFPA Kenya #HerStoryHerVoice Series.

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UNFPA: Family Planning

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Fact: family planning is a human right. Yet 214 million women worldwide lack access to family planning. In 2016, contraceptives provided by UNFPA prevented more than 11 million unintended pregnancies and 3 million unsafe abortions.

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MoBiz 2017

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In Mozambique, a country where the majority of school drop outs are due to early pregnancy among adolescent girls and around 13 per cent of the population is living with HIV and AIDS, the MoBiz programme is using new technology to inform and improve young people's access to sexual and reproductive health services. Here's how.

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Tribute to Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (1949-2017)

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Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, former Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 4 June 2017. Watch this moving tribute to his life in service of humanity.

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