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Empower young people to sustain planet for peace-prosperity

By Crystal Orderson We need to empower young people to sustain our planet, and let peace and prosperity thrive says UN’s Resident Co-ordinator in Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee speaks to IPS on reflections on the ICPD25 Summit. Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 15 2019 (IPS) – Q: At ICPD25 we heard that women and girls are still waiting for the unmet promises to ... Read More »

Thousands breathe new life at ICPD 25 Summit in Nairobi

By Joyce Chimbi Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 11 2019 (IPS) – Every day 830 women die while giving life. At least 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage with 11,000 girls undergoing female genital mutilation. These are some of the cruel realities young women face every day. However, there is renewed hope that delegates expected to attend the International Conference on ... Read More »

The world and the UN must reduce population growth

by Frank Götmark, Robin Maynard Gothenburg/London – On September 24-25, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to review progress toward the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs, which aim “to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all,” are commendable, and summarize the kind of world many of ... Read More »

US defunds UNFPA for the third year– on wrong assumptions

By Thalif Deen UN, Jul 17 2019 (IPS) – The Trump administration, in its continued hostility towards the United Nations– and as part of its policy aimed at undermining multilateral institutions and international commitments– has withheld its annual contributions to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) – for the third consecutive year. The three- year annual cuts, which began in 2017, ... Read More »

Let’s talk about sex – and why power matters

By Dr Natalia Kanem UN, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) – Every year on World Population Day (July 11), UNFPA receives queries from journalists about the total number of people around the world. Numbers are indeed important because they help governments develop policies that respond to evolving needs for services such as education and health. Read More »

Unlock opportunities for sustainable development: UN Chief

UN, July 11 – As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for ... Read More »

Zero Population Growth vs Population Control

By Marian Starkey Washington, Jul 4 2019 (IPS) – Knowledge is power, but with the caveat that said knowledge is based on fact. Otherwise, it’s misinformation. I appreciate the journalism of IPS. Similarly, I respect and spend much of my time advocating for Americans to demand that the United States support the work of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Therefore, ... Read More »

US to pursue citizenship question on census but path unclear

Washington, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — The Justice Department said Friday it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to get the question on the form. Trump said his administration is exploring a number of ... Read More »

Women’s rights are key in slowing down population

By Sivananthi Thanenthiran UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2019 (IPS) – The increase in world population by 2 billion in the next 30 years will present a serious global challenge especially if we do not find new paradigms of development thought and renewed global political leadership. Our region, the Asia and the Pacific region is already home to 60 per cent ... Read More »

Poorest nations weighed down by fastest growing populations

By Thalif DeenReprint| UN, Jun 24 2019 (IPS) – With a new report projecting a rise in population, specifically in Asia and Africa, the United Nations has warned that continued rapid population growth presents enormous challenges for sustainable development in the world’s 134 developing nations. Among them, the heaviest impact will be on the 47 least developed countries (LDCs), described ... Read More »

World population likely to reach 9.7 bn in 2050: UN report

Dhaka, June 17 (UNB) – The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a new United Nations report launched on Monday. The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights, which is published by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and ... Read More »

Secondary school enrollment still low in Bangladesh: UNFPA

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB)- The net enrollment rate for secondary education in Bangladesh is still significantly low, but better compared to the past, according to the UNFPA annual report. The ‘State of World Population Report 2019’ puts the enrollment rate at 57 percent for male children and 67 percent for female in 2017. But in 1999, the rate was 43 percent ... Read More »

Open access to sexual, reproductive health, rights urged

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), a Non-Governmental Organisation in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council has in a statement said, Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality are foundational to the full implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for ... Read More »

Why should countries invest in food safety?

Unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year. Preventative measures—including greater investment, better regulatory frameworks and measures that promote behaviour change—can help countries avoid food safety problems. Read More »

Experts caution study on plastics in humans is premature

Berlin,(AP/UNB) — Scientists in Austria say they’ve detected tiny bits of plastic in people’s stool for the first time, but experts caution the study is too small and premature to draw any credible conclusion. Presenting their findings at a congress in Vienna on Tuesday, researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria said their pilot study ... Read More »

Over 200mn women still waiting for modern contraception

By Thalif Deen Ottawa, Canada, Oct 23 (IPS) – The international community will be commemorating two milestones in the history of population and development next year: the 50th anniversary of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of a Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. Read More »

BD infiltrators will be marked & made to leave India: BJP

Zee Media Bureau, Sept 11 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday said that all infiltrators from Bangladesh would be identified and made to leave the Indian territory. Addressing BJP office bearers and workers during a one-day visit to Jaipur in Rajasthan, Shah said that the party would not allow any Bangladeshi infiltrator to live in India. Read More »

How many people can share a toilet?

Submitted by Rebecca Jean Gilsdorf An Introduction to Shared Sanitation Co-authors: Rachel Cardone, Martin Gambrill How many people can share a toilet? This question might sound like the start of a joke but it’s actually a serious issue for many across the world. That’s because an estimated 20 percent of the global population do not have their own toilets. Read More »

Arab world’s resources being mismanaged: Sheikh Mohammed

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Prime Minister and Vice President, has spoken out against the mismanagement of resources in the Arab world, criticising politicians for their lack of action. In a series of messages on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed – also the Ruler of Dubai – said most of the political discourse in the Arab world is a ... Read More »

‘NRC will be implemented in Assam: BJP chief Amit Shah’

‘Shah said the process for NRC, whose mandate is to identify illegal immigrants, was started in 2005 when the UPA was in power, but the government lacked the courage “to throw out Bangladeshis.” ‘New Delhi: Exclusion of 40 lakh people from the updated National Register for Citizens (NRC) of Assam snowballed into a major political controversy on Tuesday with Parliament ... Read More »

Family planning is a human right

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Jul 11 2018 (IPS) – It has been five decades since the international community affirmed the right to family planning but women still remain unable to enjoy this right, which is increasingly under attack around the world. For World Population Day, held annually on Jul. 11, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has focused its attention ... Read More »