Asian, Pacific countries adopt agreement on reproductive health at UN conference

Gender equality and reproductive health are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development agenda, participants said at a United Nations-organized regional conference in Thailand.

Population issues play key role in advancing peace and development, Ban says at awards

Population dynamics play an important role in advancing peace, development and respect for human dignity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he congratulated this year's winners of the United Nations Population Award.

Boosting access to family planning is good for women and the economy – UN report

A new United Nations report urges additional investments in family planning that could save developing countries more than $11 billion a year in maternal and newborn health care costs, while stressing that the benefits of making services available to everyone are not just economic.

Treaty linking women’s rights and development still vital after 15 years – UN

The targets of a landmark global action plan, adopted 15 years ago, linking reproductive health, women’s rights and development remain an urgent priority today, top officials from 30 Asia-Pacific nations have concluded at a United Nations-backed gathering.

Women’s access to health services boosts gender equality, says UNDP chief

Access to sexual and reproductive health will boost development targets and promote gender equality, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, stressing that women have the right to choose for themselves whether or when to have children.

UN-backed meeting in Asia forges commitment to reproductive health

Experts, advocates and activists meeting at a United Nations-backed meeting in Asia have called for efforts to reduce maternal deaths, enable young people to avoid HIV and make family planning more accessible on the continent.

UN Population Fund expands work on reproductive health worldwide

The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) activities on behalf of women’s reproductive health has drawn it into providing and expanding anti-HIV training for Latin American and Caribbean law enforcement, preventing or treating maternal birth injuries in Chad and Indonesia and rescuing a nine-year-old girl from her 40-year-old “husband” in Kenya.

UN health agency launches photo contest to fight pregnancy and abortion deaths

Against a backdrop of over half a million pregnancy and childbirth deaths, 5 million new cases of HIV infection, and nearly 70,000 fatal abortions each year, a United Nations agency today launched a photographic contest as part of its efforts to highlight the importance of sexual and reproductive health.

Ghanaian doctor, US organization honoured with UN Population Award

The United Nations today honoured a Ghanaian doctor and a non-governmental organization from the United States for their contributions to increasing the awareness of, and solutions to, the world’s population problems.