population

25 years after population conference, women still face challenges to ‘well-being and human rights’, says UN chief

Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-level General Assembly meeting on Tuesday conevened to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a milestone in reproductive health and rights. 

News in Brief 17 June 2019

  • Yemen: end food diversions to save lives, urges WFP chief
  • India to replace China as most populous nation: new UN report
  • Plastic pollution: 10-fold increase in 40 years
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9.7 billion on Earth by 2050, but growth rate slowing, says new UN population report

By the year 2050, there will be some 9.7 billion people living on Earth, says a UN population report released on Monday. However, the overall growth rate will continue to fall, and more countries will have to adapt to the consequences of an ageing population.

News in Brief 10 April 2019

  • Venezuela, a ‘very real humanitarian problem’: UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council
  • More than four in 10 women live in fear of refusing partner’s sexual demands, UN study finds
  • UN ‘efforts to de-escalate the situation in Libya’ continue
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UN highlights profound implication of population trends on sustainable development

The United Nations is highlighting the important role that population trends play in promoting sustainable development, during the annual Commission on Population and Development, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.

Lack of access to contraception linked to slow population change in sub-Saharan Africa: UNFPA

Some 300,000 girls and women die from problems related to childbirth and 90 per cent of these are in developing nations, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday.  According to the agency’s State of World Population 2018 report, there are 43 countries where women have more than four or more children, and 38 of these are in Africa.  UNFPA Director in Geneva, Monica Ferro spoke with  UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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UN population forum urged to examine ways to protect people on the move, make cities work better

A great migration of humanity into cities is under way, and with millions drawn to urban areas for the promise of a better life, the main United Nations forum on population opened its annual session on Monday examining ways to protect people on the move and help create cities that can embrace the massive number of new arrivals.

Pioneer of work in women’s reproductive health appointed head of UN Population Fund

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Natalia Kanem of Panama to head the UN’s women’s health agency.

Investing in 10-year-old girls will yield huge demographic payoff towards Global Goals – UN

If all of the ten-year-old girls living in developing countries that currently drop out of or do not attend school were to complete their secondary education, it would lead to an additional $21 billion per year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) revealed today in its annual State of the World Population Report.

A new film about refugees aims to add nuance to the news

What happens when a tourist and a refugee meet? That’s the central question at the heart of a new film screened at UN Headquarters in July.

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