13 November 2018

What does the future hold for young people in Ukraine: Peace or Powerlessness?

13 November 2018 - Invitation to event with the UNFPA representative in Ukraine UNFPA Representative in Ukraine Caspar Peek will talk about: What is the current situation in Ukraine, in light of the continued locked political situation and the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine? How is the low involvement of the younger generations a [...]

18 October 2018

Five actions for choice

United Nations, New York, 17 October 2018 – Across the world, choices are restricted for too many women, says UNFPA’s flagship report, The State of World Population 2018, released today. The freedom to make decisions that affect one’s health and well-being is inextricably linked to reproductive rights. Where individuals and couples are unable to decide whether [...]

10 October 2018

Visit UN City on Culture Night 2018

25 September 2018- On October 12, UN City welcomes the public on Culture Night 2018. This year you can experience several activities in our green and platinum LEED-certified building, including a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration was adopted at the UN General Assembly on [...]

5 October 2018

A call to protect women and girls on the move

United Nations, New York, 5 October 2018 – Women and girls make up nearly half of the 258 million people worldwide who have crossed international borders to escape danger or pursue opportunity. Amidst unprecedented levels of forced displacement – with 68.5 million people driven from their homes by the end of 2017 – about half of refugees, too, are [...]

14 March 2018

Procurement that creates positive change

Copenhagen, March 14, 2018: The United Nations annual procurement volume of $18 billion USD not only creates change for the world's poor, benefiting from purchased vaccine, contraception, emergency shelters, etc.; the United Nations also influences the supplier market in a positive direction. When the United Nations system collaborates on purchasing goods and services, lower [...]

6 February 2018

“I refused”: Brave women and girls take a stand against FGM

United Nations, New York/Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 6 February 2018 – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother. Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in Burkina Faso. “She told me that one of the girls who had been cut the same day as [...]

6 February 2018

A race against trends

New York, 6 February 2018 –Statement by UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem, and UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. “Female genital mutilation is many things: A violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional [...]

10 December 2017

Joint Statement – ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

10 December 2017 - A joint statement for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017, from the Executive Directors of UNFPA and UN Women, Natalia Kanem and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the Administrator of UNDP, Achim Steiner Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined [...]

24 November 2017

UNFPA scales up response after Iraq earthquake

Erbil, Iraq, 24 November – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran, 30 km southwest of Halabja [...]

22 November 2017

A story of violence: 16 objects show the reality of gender-based violence around the world

United Nations, New York – “That’s what’s left of my teeth after my husband beat me,” Ameera* said at a women’s shelter in south-western Yemen. She held out three white shards, which she keeps as evidence for her divorce proceedings. “He hit me so hard he broke my teeth and nose,” she told UNFPA. Violence [...]