Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) delivers opening remarks during the 47th session of the UN Commission on Populations and Development (CPD).

April 7, 2014 – New York “Mr. Chairman,

Members of the Commission,

Distinguished delegates,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to address this historic 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development. Let me begin by commending the Chair of the Commission on Population and Development, Ambassador Gonzalo Koncke of Uruguay, for his distinguished leadership, and the members of the Bureau on [...]

Le Devoir “L’ONU réaffirme les droits sexuels et reproductifs des femmes”

22 mars 2014 – New York — Après deux semaines de discussions houleuses, les pays progressistes et conservateurs ont approuvé, samedi, un document des Nations unies faisant la promotion de l’égalité des sexes et réaffirmant les droits des femmes sur le plan de la sexualité et de la reproduction, en plus de soutenir l’éducation sexuelle des adolescents.

La déclaration finale de 24 pages, qui a reçu l’aval des 45 membres de la Commission de la condition de la femme, exprime de l’inquiétude concernant les progrès de l’ONU pour atteindre ses objectifs [...]

Post-2015 round-up: Overview of ongoing discussions surrounding the ICPD Beyond 2014, MDGs @15 and Sustainable Development Goals:

ICPD Beyond 2014

With only a few months remaining in the ongoing review of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), governments, civil society organizations and many other stakeholders are now looking ahead to the final event taking place within the review process, the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The CPD will be an opportunity for governments to assess the status of implementation of the 1994 ICPD’s Programme of Action.

The 47th CPD marks the culmination of a multi-year [...]

UPDATE: Family planning must be at heart of post-2015 development agenda

Parliamentarians demand that G8/G20 leaders place family planning in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the core of the post-2015 development agenda. A global Parliamentarians conference ahead of 2013 G8/G20 was held in London, England from May 9-10. Under the theme, “What Place for Family Planning in the Future of Development?” saw the participation of over 50 parliamentarians from around the world. Dr. Hedy Fry, vice-chair of CAPPD represented Canada which concluded with a strong parliamentary appeal which will be sent to G8/G20 leaders ahead of [...]

Is family planning still an international development priority?

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at least 200 million women want to use safe and effective family planning methods, but are unable to do so because they lack access to information and services or the support of their husbands and communities. It is also known that a quarter of women who become pregnant each year have abortions but many of these are done in secret and are performed under unsafe conditions. Even though it is an economically sound investment, family planning has been losing ground as an [...]