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10 December 2018
Press Release

New Study on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region: Challenges persist as Arab Countries advance on Laws affecting Gender Equality

Beirut, 10 December 2018 – Many Arab countries have introduced positive legislative reforms that promote gender equality and protect women from violence. Yet guaranteeing equality before the law... Read more

26 September 2018
News

Statement attributable to Dr. Luay Shabaneh, UNFPA Director for the Arab Region, on Libya

Cairo, 26 September 2018 – The alarming level of fighting in Tripoli puts the life of thousands of women and girls at risk. Over 2,000 women and girls are estimated to be currently internally... Read more

6 September 2018
News

Celebrating Young People in Libya

On 12 August, UNFPA celebrated the “International Youth Day” under the theme of “Safe Spaces for Youth,” involving hundreds of Libyan girls and boys in various events aimed at drawing attention to... Read more

6 June 2018
News

UNFPA ANNUAL REPORT 2017

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR    Year on year, millions of women and adolescents in 155 countries and territories have been progressively able to exercise their sexual and reproductive health... Read more

13 May 2018
News
Women attend a class in family planning in Pakistan in 1973. People must have access to information about their bodies and fertility. © UN Photo/B Wolff

Nine standards to uphold the human right to family planning

Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Until family planning is a universally available choice, this human right will not be fully realized. UNFPA... Read more

13 May 2018
News
Article 16 of the Teheran Proclamation declared, "Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children." © UN Photo

Fifty years ago, it became official: Family planning is a human right

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Throughout all of human history, efforts to plan, avoid or delay pregnancy had... Read more

15 March 2018
Statement

Statement on the United States Decision to Again Withhold Funding from UNFPA

UNITED NATIONS, New York—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, notes with regret the determination by the United States of America to withhold funds from UNFPA for the second consecutive year.... Read more

12 February 2018
News
“If I quit my studies, I will be married off immediately,” said Kabita, 16, in Nepal. © UNFPA Nepal/Dhana Bahadur Lamsal

Top 5 things you didn’t know about child marriage

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Around the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a romantic time for couples. Yet millions of children are coupled up before they are ready, often against their wills.... Read more

4 February 2018
News

UNFPA's vision and agenda 2030

Imagine a world where  every pregnancy is wanted  every childbirth is safe and  every young person's potential is fulfilled This is the world we are striving to realize. Our goal is to achieve... Read more

27 December 2017
Statement

Reproductive health and rights in the Arab region, a year’s harvest

By Luay Shabaneh, UNFPA’s director for the Arab region The Arab region, home to 346 million people, is predominantly young, as 28 percent of its population is composed of young women and men under 30... Read more

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