‘Unlock opportunities’ and pave the way for sustainable development, UN chief urges on World Population Day

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 all”.

New UN ‘bedside tool’ will help prevent and reduce maternal and newborn deaths worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today a new checklist for healthcare workers that will help reduce maternal and newborn deaths with “a single and practical bedside tool” designed to make a difference for women and infants in various settings around the world.

UN marks World Breastfeeding Week with call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers

United Nations officials are marking the annual World Breastfeeding Week by highlighting the vital importance of a practice that gives children the healthiest start in life and the need to strengthen policies to promote nursing with stronger workplace policies.

Ban urges focus on adolescent girls to reduce maternal mortality

To triumph over maternal mortality, initiatives must focus on adolescent girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, ones that allow them to go to school, marry whom they choose, shield them from harmful traditional practices and provide them with appropriate family planning services.

Amid vast global gaps, maternity, paternity protections make headway, UN reports

Despite progress in maternity benefits and a positive trend in supporting new fathers, at least 830 million women workers still do not have adequate protection, the United Nations labour agency today reported.

Maternal death rates fall but chronic diseases increase pregnancy risk –UN agency

Rates of maternal deaths are down, according to United Nations figures released today, but pre-existing medical conditions heighten the risk of death for pregnant women and require continued investment in quality care during pregnancy and childbirth.

UN agency launches plan to protect girls, women in Philippines typhoon aftermath

Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, more than 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age are still in need of urgent care and protection, the United Nations population agency today said, launching an appeal for $30 million to provide services and aid during the next six months.

UN-backed global health conference seeks to save millions of newborns each year

Scaling up existing interventions, such as using low cost medicines and exclusively breastfeeding after birth, could help save the lives of millions of babies each year, the United Nations said today as hundreds of health officials and government representatives gathered for the opening session of the first-ever Global Newborn Health Conference.

Iraq making progress on maternal health but still short of development goals, says UN

Despite sustained progress in reducing maternal deaths in Iraq, concerted efforts are still required to push the country closer to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on maternal health, says the United Nations health agency.

On World Prematurity Day, UN stresses benefit of low-cost care in saving newborns

Marking the second World Prematurity Day, the United Nations today highlighted how effective and low-cost health care measures can help save the lives of millions of newborn babies.