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In 2018, we at UNFPA set in motion a strategic effort, based on quality data, to achieve three zeros by 2030: zero unmet need for contraception; zero preventable maternal deaths; and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices, such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. Our ambition looks towards 2030 because that is when the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. Success towards these goals depends on success in empowering all women and girls to enjoy their rights and to have real choices in all aspects of their lives.

We began reorienting our programmes around the world in 2018, in keeping with the focus on making contraception accessible to women and young people, enabling women to have healthy pregnancies and safe births, and protecting women and girls from harm. Because these efforts must be based on quality data, we also strengthened our capacities for data analysis and dissemination to help governments formulate policies that close gaps in services, particularly for those who have been left behind.

This report shows the impact our programmes have had on the lives of women and girls in 155 countries and territories in 2018.