UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office


UNFPA mourns passing of Executive Director
UNITED NATIONS- With profound sadness, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, announces that its Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, passed away suddenly at his home last night. He was 68 years old.
End the violent trend - 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls
OUR global village is in the middle of the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls, a campaign period focused on promoting zero tolerance for this societal scourge. Since 1991, the international campaign has been one of the most unifying action in(...)
Midwifery - Critical for us all
WHEN Elenora Bukateci graduated with a nursing certificate in 1985 from what was then the Central Nursing School, the thought of operating midwifery clinics in an adopted country would have probably caused loud raucous laughter among her peers. But that she has done as the co-founder of Spring(...)
Equality - a precondition for development
AS we embark upon the 2030 Development Agenda, one in three women worldwide have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence, usually perpetrated by someone she knows. Protecting women and girls from violence and harmful practices is not only a moral and human rights imperative, it is(...)
10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age - Pacific Launch for 2016 State of World Population Report
UNFPA Pacific, Suva, Fiji (October 21, 2016) - A report released today by the United Nations Population Fund highlights the need to invest in the lives of an estimated 60 million 10-year-old girls in the world today, if aspirations of global leaders to "leave no one behind" in the implementation of(...)
OpED: Why our future depends on a 10-year-old girl - By Dr Babatunde Osotimehin
Take a moment to imagine a 10-year-old girl right now. What do you see? Is she in school? Is she laughing with friends? Do you imagine her riding a bike or playing ball? On roller skates or en pointe in ballet class? With her nose in a book or her eyes on a chess board? Or perhaps you imagined a(...)
Making Girls Count in the Sustainable Development Goals Era
There is no doubt that our peoples and nations can experience inclusive growth and progress but it requires a brave confrontation of fundamental realities that dictate one's life, even minutes after their first breath. For some, this could mean being drowned by the midwife for being a girl. For(...)
The people behind the numbers - planning for progress
Fundamental to any national development plan is or should be a population policy: it is not a policy to control the number of children you have for this is a basic human right of all individuals, but rather a cross-sectoral evidence-based plan and management on our collective progress as a people(...)
Maternal health care surveillance training boost for Solomon Islands
UNFPA Pacific, Honiara (Solomon Islands) October 05, 2016 - Health workers in the maternal health care field are advancing their knowledge and capacity in a two-day training provided by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, on the effective use of Maternal Death Surveillance and Response or(...)
Solomon Islands Launches National Population Policy 2017-2026
UNFPA Pacific, Honiara (Solomon Islands) October 4, 2016 - Continuing efforts to ensure targeted national development planning in the Solomon Islands reached a milestone today with the launch of its National Population Policy 2017-2026.
Positive about ageing - Be involved, take a stand against ageism
With the global shifting of population dynamics influenced by various factors including climate change, population ageing is a phenomenon we as nations are all experiencing but may not be preparing well for. To ensure a societal transition process that will positively impact the outcomes of(...)
International Day of Older Persons - Taking a stand against ageism
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (October 1, 2016) - In observing International Day of Older Persons today, October 1, the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, calls for a collective effort to ensure all persons age with dignity and enjoy a lifetime of contribution, integration and well-being.This year's(...)
Centralizing unique needs of women, girls in human crisis response
FOR Pacific island nations and her people, the evolving climatic realities now heavily influenced by a much warmer planet than we found it, is a stark reminder that at the end of the day, the human race shares one earth. As the impact of global warming changes climatic systems to the point where(...)
Power of numbers: Using data to better address violence against women
EXCITING times lie ahead as the Asia and the Pacific region with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) continuing critical work in the arena of violence against women. The program aims to boost the capacity of countries in the(...)
Life-saving services critical in humanitarian response
Today, World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations Population Fund reminds us as individuals, as communities and or as nations as a whole, that life-saving services in humanitarian and fragile settings are just as critical as food, water and shelters are to people. With the Pacific region facing(...)
Creating an enabling environment for girls' empowerment
Like most of his contemporaries, 19-year-old Avikesh Kumar has yet to declare with certainty what he sees himself doing in 20 years: he knows he does not want to be a politician albeit an ambition to effect social change. "I don't see myself becoming a politician; you do not have to be a politician(...)
Youth critical for success of sustainable development goals
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (August 12, 2016) - The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, today marks a double celebration: it is International Youth Day and it joins the Pacific regional family in congratulating Fiji for its first Olympics gold medal in a team sport. This year's theme is The Road to(...)
Be curious, to be agents of change
Curiosity can be the progeny of a positive and empowering journey for individuals, particularly teenagers. Regardless of our gender or age or circumstances, questioning everything that goes on around us will and can benefit everyone involved. The thirst for knowledge and questioning practices(...)
Invest in teen girls to be critical thinkers and actors: Tarai
QUESTIONING beliefs and practices which influence you, being critical thinkers and actors is fundamental to the idea of investing in, not just teenage girls, but in all teenagers, a 2016 World Population Day Inspirational Stories Collection speaker on the theme of Investing in Teenage Girls told(...)
Invest in teen girls, it benefits all of us
THIS week the global family of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, observed with United Nations member states the annual World Population Day, focused on the theme of "Investing in Teenage Girls". Investing in teenage girls can take many forms. At an individual level, parents and teenagers(...)
Investing in teenage girls for national progress this World Population Day
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (July 10) - Investing in teenage girls is not only the right thing to do from a personal level as individuals, but it is also fundamentally, smart economics as it ensures a country is benefitting fully from its human resources as a whole.
Investing in teenage girls - 2016 World Population Day (July 11) Statement by Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director
The teenage years are for some girls a time of exploration, learning and increasing autonomy. But for many others, it is a time of increasing vulnerability and exclusion from rights and opportunities, or just plain discrimination.
Post-Cyclone Winston health response ends in Koro
Koro son returns as doctor overseeing recovery phase MALAKAI Ranuve wasn't even five when his curiosity led to an injury which almost blinded him, but healed well enough from herbal medication to ensure he started school at Qalivakabau District School on his island, Koro, which was flattened by(...)
Humanitarian response meeting needs of women, girls
Phyllis Hazelman is a 60-year-old retired human resources professional whose innate love for working with people mean that retirement is merely a term: as an individual, community work in her Nukubalavu area was an extension of sorts of her professional life. Ms Hazelman was going about her(...)
Hard-to-reach areas targeted by mobile integrated health services
Targeted approaches have always been touted the most effective because of its informed direction, regardless of the sector it is applied in; when actions are informed, they are more likely to reach the actual affected population, with services which meet needs. In the aftermath of Severe Tropical(...)
Reproductive health care access in hard-to-reach areas
DELIVERING essential health packages including sexual and reproductive health services on horseback or having to wade across rivers twice to reach a particular village has all been part of an eight-week mobile clinic outreach exercise, supported by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. "We(...)
Women central to disaster response
Never before in the 70 years of the United Nations has it managed a gathering of about 9000 participants from 173 member states, including 55 heads of states and governments, thousands of non-government organisations and hundreds of private sector representatives. The meeting closed on May 24 with(...)
Support for our women, agents of change
IT was the warm engaging smile which invited us into the house of which Emali Racele was the centerpiece, just completing the final weaving cycle of a Fijian fan. "No, I used to be a cook," she said when asked if weaving had been part of her whole life. "But I would watch women who did this(...)
Safety in midwifery: critical service for national progress
In 2013, just three years ago, the majority of an estimated 289,000 women and about three million newborn babies died globally from preventable complications and illnesses. They could have been saved with proper antenatal, delivery and post-natal care - services provided by trained midwives. The(...)
Midwives: health heroes for women, adolescent girls and newborns
Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin Executive Director, UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund On this International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, salutes the contribution of midwives to saving the lives of women, adolescent girls and newborns, sometimes(...)
Reproductive health through drama - in Tonga
IF it was up to Tevita Moala, he would probably be dabbling in the finance market or teaching but the 31-year-old did not allow circumstances that forced him to drop out of school to negate his belief in himself. The former Tonga College student began attending Atenisi Institute which offers an(...)
A friendly space for women
Sisilia Rakula of Driti Village in Dawasamu cannot wait for the women-friendly space (WFS) in her area to open its doors; the 52-year-old is one of the 12 community facilitators who completed a three-day orientation this week in Korovou, the provincial town that will host the WFS. During Cyclone(...)
Women-friendly spaces - an oasis for post-disaster recovery
UNFPA Pacific, Suva, Fiji (March 19, 2016) - Communities in the areas worst hit by Tropical Cyclone Winston, particularly women and girls, will now benefit from services to be provided from women friendly spaces established in eight locations that indicate maximum reach.Considerate of local(...)
Women, girls require specificity in post-disaster response
Today, more than 100 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, the highest number recorded since the end of World War II; natural disasters now affect around 200 million people per year. A quarter of this 100 million estimate are women and girls between 15 to 46 years old(...)
Taking reproductive health care to the women: reaching women where they are
Salote Naisau is a 32-year-old Malake woman expecting her third child who is due to make his entrance into this world on March 27, and being due this month means she has to come to the main referral hospital of her Ra Province every week. Ms Naisau must catch as early a boat as possible from her(...)
Interagency Reproductive Health Supplies for Fiji
UNFPA Pacific, Suva, Fiji (March 21, 2016) - The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, handed over inter-agency reproductive health supplies to the Government of Fiji through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Monday afternoon. The inter-agency reproductive health kits are worth around(...)
“Absolutely essential” – Hon. Julie Bishop on reproductive health kits
UNFPA Pacific, Suva, Fiji (March 15, 2016) - The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Honourable Julie Bishop underlined the necessity of clean delivery kits and dignity kits at a ceremonial hand-over of health supplies donated by Australia at Rakiraki Hospital on March 14. "Absolutely(...)
Boost for protection and emergency reproductive health issues
UNFPA Pacific, Suva, Fiji (March 13, 2016) - The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) has approved an allocation of about US$500,000.00 for the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, to support the latter's work in protection and emergency reproductive health issues. "The(...)
Australia provides more for women and girls in Cyclone Winston response
UNFPA Pacific, Suva, Fiji (March 8, 2016) - The Government of Australia has provided an additional AU$400,000.00 (FJ$629,000.00) to support the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, response to Cyclone Winston, addressing protection needs of women and girls through sexual and reproductive health(...)
A dignified response to Cyclone Winston
Elenoa Adi was awoken by the familiar albeit unexpected birth pangs. It was 4am, her husband had left for the village in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston and she was alone with her other two children. Like most families in Rakiraki's informal Vatumami settlement, Elenoa's family had felt the wrath(...)
Health assessments underline urgency of addressing reproductive health
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (March 2, 2016) - Reaching women and adolescent girls isolated by the lack of communication, transportation or geographical challenges to ensure they are provided with practical daily needs for quality sexual and reproductive health will be critical for inclusive recovery.
Reproductive health is key to recovery process: UNFPA
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (February 24, 2016) - The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Pacific Sub-Regional Office has provided through the Fiji Ministry for Health and Medical Services a first batch of 200 emergency dignity kits, which are packed specifically for women to ensure reproductive health(...)
Statement: UNFPA on the Zika Virus Outbreak
Everyone should take steps to avoid exposure to the Zika virus. Pregnant women and those of childbearing age should take extra care to avoid exposure to mosquito bites, use insecticide-treated mosquito nets and apply insect repellents approved for use in pregnant women.
Plan your family - there is an economic advantage
INDONESIAN President Joko Widodo announced on Monday his government will set aside 5 per cent of its 2016 health budget to exclusively support its national family planning programme. He made the announcement when welcoming thousands of International Conference on Family Planning delegates in Nusa(...)
The tipping point - What can happen with a demographic dividend
SUSTAINABILITY in anything we do is only achievable if an enabling environment that can support such intentions is created and maintained. In development work, successful advocacy leads to policy development that births activities which must, ultimately, have a positive impact all around. When it(...)
Sexual health: potential tipping point for accelerated development
Family planning is, very simply put, about living within ones' means: it is advisory that is offered with structural and personnel support, and whose benefits are, perhaps unfortunately, largely perceived as restricted to individuals and/or couples involved. One uses the phrase "living within(...)
Sport - a powerful development tool
ABOUT 60 kilometres out of Fiji's Capital City (Suva), Korovisilou Health Centre is sandwiched between a village and a school. It is staffed by a trio of two nurses and a doctor whose medical area comprise 8000 people spread across nine villages and 17 settlements. The health centre is the(...)
2016: Development for the people
IT is that time of the year again when a slew of the proverbial new year's resolutions herald in wide-ranging intentions that aim for, ultimately, progress at an individual level - at least for those who look at this first day of the year worthy of such lofty pronouncements. For the United Nations(...)
A GBV guideline for health workers - a Pacific first
Fiji has notched another first as the first Pacific country to have a gender-based violence guideline for comprehensive case management, after it was launched December 5 (2015) by the Speaker of the Fiji Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. To be used by health workers, the guideline will ensure a uniform(...)
Equitable preparedness: Making sure no one is left behind
In 2014, the United Nations responded to 60 disasters and seven complex emergencies or conflicts, perhaps a reflection of how between 2013 and 2014, 78 countries were considered to have "become less peaceful". By 2015, 100 million people have been recorded to be in need of humanitarian assistance(...)
Statement by Dr Babatunde Osotimehin on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2015
Today, we mark the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of two landmark international treaties. Together, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights have shaped the integral and indivisible(...)
Humanizing rights across Asia-Pacific: UNFPA’s #OurRights campaign is launched on World Human Rights Day
Bangkok, 10 December 2015 - Our Rights, an Asia-Pacific wide campaign to put a human face on key rights issues is being launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to mark Human Rights Day today. Over the next year, UNFPA's 23 offices in the region will work with a range of partners to help give(...)
Being positive about HIV
Tuberi Cati has become synonymous with HIV and AIDS, in the most positive way. Testimony perhaps of surviving with HIV for 16 years now but more so, for her passion and dedication as an advocate for a more holistic and positive response to the community of people living with HIV. The road to where(...)
Equitable development best preparation for humanitarian situations – UNFPA
2015 STATE OF WORLD POPULATION REPORT PACIFIC MEDIA RELEASE UNFPA Pacific, Fiji (December 4, 2015) - Actions to promote equitable development which benefits women, men, boys and girls alike can build resilience and cushion the shock when disasters strike or conflicts break out.
Ending AIDS as a Public Health Threat by 2030
Statement of the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, for World AIDS Day This year, World AIDS Day coincides with the African conference on controlling HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Many people living with HIV, activists, government workers and development(...)
Hurting a woman harms all of us
NOVEMBER 25, yesterday, marked the beginning of an annual global 16-day observation of a societal scourge which has been so well-justified, culturally or religiously, that facts like one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence do not raise eyebrows anymore.
Health at COP21
In a couple of weeks, Paris will be abuzz with a meeting which will determine a global strategy for what is to be generally, a better way to treat the earth which has begun to show signs of the imbalance humanity's industrialisation race has created in nature's fragile system. The fear of climate(...)
UNFPA commits to Pacific climate change resilience work through RMNCAH
Nadi, Fiji (28 October 2015) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) committed its support to Pacific nations Wednesday (October 28) on the countries' efforts towards advancing resilience to climate change through reproductive, maternal, newborn, children and adolescents' health or RMNCAH(...)
Reproductive health and rights essential for climate change resilience
Humanitarian situations and fragile communities are going to increase, and in the Pacific region, this will be compounded by population movements as the tentacles of climate change reach into the heart of personal and food security. As it is, root crops typically grown in smaller Pacific islands(...)
Adolescents in climate change adaptation
ADOLESCENTS are living the most critical phase of their lives, wrought with uncertainties brought on by rapid physical (biological) and emotional changes as they struggle to contextualise the spectrum of economic and socio-cultural realities they find themselves in. It is also at this stage when(...)
Pacific leadership pivotal in global health initiative - Every Women, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Everywhere
As nations that greet the new day before any other region in the world, the Pacific collection are well-positioned to claim a lead role in the realisation of global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health. The Millennium Development Goals has affirmed how time-bound and monitored(...)
Preventable deaths that deny us collective progress
Every day, 800 women and 7700 newborns die from childbirth and pregnancy complications which are preventable; an alarming 7300 are simultaneously experiencing stillbirth - realities which should have every one of us aghast. These are global trends today that all persons should consider(...)
A JOINT PRESS RELEASE: Australian commitment to UN joint programme for Pacific mother, child and adolescent health kicks off investment in Global Goals for Sustainable Development
SUVA, FIJI. 30 SEPTEMBER 2015 - Three Pacific Island countries using integrated approaches to health delivery for women, new-borns, children and adolescents will benefit from a nearly AU$7 million UN Joint Programme announced in New York as part of a meeting of Pacific Foreign Ministers. The(...)
Transformative goals for inclusive progress: the Sustainable Development Goals
Humanity will celebrate yet another milestone this week when the gavel signals consensus and adoption of the Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in two days, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Development through sport - girls journey to national meet
AS an all-girls school from the Western Division, Jasper Williams High School ended the Fiji secondary schools basketball competition last week quite satisfied with an all-star selection, just two years in national competition. The school was also a trailblazer in their own right fielding the only(...)
A health response to climate change
The relocation of villages as rising sea levels spoil crops among other things, has begun for several countries across the region including Fiji. In Tuvalu, the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in March is still being talked about and for the Federated States of Micronesia, March marked the(...)
Humanity in times of crisis
A nursing graduate of 1968, Margaret Saul did not attain midwifery prerequisites until 1987: with good reason having to juggle a nursing career and family-- which involved raising eight children, four biological and four adopted - after her 1970 marriage. Ms Saul has done her bit for national(...)
Youth potential to transform our world: there is no plan B
When Joe Kalo was the Vanuatu country officer for a United Nations Population Fund Adolescent Reproductive Health project 10 years ago, he had to learn advocacy on his feet - and as we celebrate International Youth Day today, Kalo's mind is on the next sitting of the Vanuatu Parliament.Kalo is(...)
The people's agenda - an article on sustainable development goals
THIS week is historical, not only in the development sector but for humanity as a whole but in particular in terms of concrete agreement that people are primarily responsible for the fundamental shift in climate patterns and therefore must take mitigating actions. The Informal Plenary of the(...)
Security for all - a collective responsibility
AS Fiji dug deep in a collective soul-searching exercise over the brutal rape of a nine-year-old in broad daylight, a group comprising civil society actors, legislators, senior civil servants, security officers, academics, and other observers including youth representatives gathered in Suva for a(...)
Ensure protection of women’s dignity and rights in humanitarian response
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (Fiji) July 11, 2015 - In commemorating World Population Day today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is calling for increased specificity to women and girls particularly adolescents, in national response plans to humanitarian crises.
Enhancing partnerships and skills for better reproductive health results
THIS week, about 400 professionals in the area of sexual and reproductive health are in Suva for the 11th Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Conference which, in its various activities that include panel discussions and clinical hands-on sessions, hopes to inculcate knowledge and practice that(...)
Bridging the humanitarian and development gap
Projections indicate 45 villages of the 800 coastal communities affected by the impact of climate change in Fiji will be relocated in the next decade. Sea level rise alone has seen state-managed relocation of coastal communities in the past three years. For Vunidogoloa villagers on Vanua Levu, the(...)
Be engaged for inclusive progress and life
FIJI has begun an exercise which hopes to engage as many citizens as possible in shaping its national development plan - an immediate five-year plan and a long-term 20-year development plan. A public notice informs the plan "will set out medium and long-term goals, strategies and programs for(...)
"Our" issues - sharing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights responsibility
Every now and then, the New Zealand Parliamentarian's Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) will have an open hearing, which the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO) supports. The support from UNFPA Pacific merely seeks to ensure an inclusive and as wide(...)
UNFPA Pacific shares lessons with New Zealand Parliamentarians: Engaging boys and men in sexual and reproductive health and rights work
UNFPA Pacific, Auckland, NZ, June 29, 2015 - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (SRO) yesterday shared its experiences and lessons learnt from engaging men and boys in the organization's work in sexual and reproductive health and rights with the New Zealand(...)
We need men and boys: Shared responsibility for reproductive health
MEN and boys are critical to a healthy population, albeit a general perception, this is an area women are responsible for. This attitude continues to be a barrier to a more robust engagement that has the potential to positively impact countries' health and development indicators.
Dynamic start for Fiji midwives to Cyclone Pam response in Vanuatu
Having visited the maternity ward of the Vila Central Hospital before, walking through it again last week though was almost surreal. The nurses were in uniforms one was used to growing up in our island home, complete with the stern look which elicited a giggle rather than the childhood reaction of(...)
International Day of the Midwife - A statement by Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director
Today, on the International Day of the Midwife, we stand in solidarity with midwives worldwide and thank them for the life-saving work they do. There is no stronger testament to their care and commitment than baby Obada, the 3,000th baby delivered safely at the women's clinic in the Za'atari(...)
Fiji midwives take on Vila maternity ward post-Cyclone Pam
Port Vila, Vanuatu, UNFPA Pacific (May 05) - Nine Fijian midwives have begun working at the maternity ward of the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) in Vanuatu, the national referral hospital in Port Vila, as the world celebrates International Day of the Midwife today, May 5. The retired midwives, two of(...)
Midwifery beyond retirement - a calling for life
The sight of nurses in their garb and the way they carried themselves in the wards of the Sigatoka Hospital some 40 years ago made such an impression on the girl child Alisi Volavola of Cuvu Village in Nadroga, that she vowed to become one. She found out the hard way that it took more than just(...)
Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Pacific: A NZ Government and UNFPA Pacific Initiative
Honiara, Solomon Islands (April 21, 2015) - An acceleration of efforts to improve national progress towards an enabling environment in which men, women and young people can make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and protect their sexual and reproductive rights will now be(...)
People-centered development goals discussed in Pacific dialogue
UNFPA Pacific, Auckland, NZ (April 09, 2015) - Ministerial and senior Government officials of Pacific island countries are in Auckland (New Zealand) this week for the first regional gathering looking specifically into the final processes towards the global endorsement of the post-2015 development(...)
Women block road for reproductive health services in Vanuatu settlement
UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 30, 2015) - Women blocked a road in a settlement within Port Vila, in the Cyclone Pam-ravaged Pacific island nation of Vanuatu March 27, standing their ground to secure a place in a queue for a visiting integrated United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) team(...)
Cyclone Pam drives up contraceptive demand in Vanuatu
UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 26, 2015) - Katherine Silas grimaces but one is not entirely sure if it is in response to pain or merely the sight of the needle being used to implant the long-term contraceptive, jadelle, a week after Cyclone Pam wrought havoc on the Pacific island nation(...)
A dignified response to Cyclone Pam for women
UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 28, 2015) - Asked how she felt about receiving a basic dignity kit at her Cyclone Pam-ravaged township within the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, Gertrude Venabelt said without hesitation: I feel loved. The language barrier means one seldom gets perfect(...)
Life after TC Pam - New dad shares his experience
UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 26, 2015) - You couldn't wipe the smile off his face when the cries of a new-born baby rang through the maternity ward of the Port Vila Central Hospital in Cyclone Pam-ravaged Vanuatu. Benson Ezra, 30, had just finished recounting the ordeal of having to(...)
Midwives fight Cyclone Pam fear for gift of life
UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 25, 2015) - Anne Kalo is a delightful lover of life, punctuating her description of birthing four babies including twins and one by emergency cesarean as Cyclone Pam bore down on the flooded Maternity Ward of the Port Vila Central Hospital in the Pacific(...)
Cyclone Pam evacuation centers home to new-born
UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 25, 2015) - As her family settled into one of the classrooms at Freswota Primary School in Cyclone Pam-stricken Port Vila, in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, Meri Yalu was more troubled by an impending birth rather than the storm.The truck driver that(...)
UNFPA partners with civil society to ensure inclusive response to Cyclone Pam
UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu, (March 23, 2015) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and grassroots Vanuatu non-government organizations (NGOs) in the Cyclone Pam-ravaged Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, have agreed on a general framework of collaboration Monday, that will drive(...)
Cyclone Pam cripples sexual and reproductive health services in Vanuatu
UNFPA Pacific, Vanuatu/Fiji (March 19, 2015) - A demand for reproductive health services including family planning and antenatal care has been identified by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office, as critically life-saving for women in Cyclone Pam-stricken Port Vila(...)
Women and girls must be core to Cyclone Pam response: UNFPA
THE outpouring of aid and technical support for our ni-Vanuatu wantok would give anyone renewed hope in humanity, even as we work towards the eradication of atrocities like 800 women continuing to die daily worldwide giving life, from pregnancy or childbirth complications. The United Nations(...)
Marshall Islands to share violence against women prevalence study findings at global interactive debate on data use
UNFPA Pacific, Fiji (March 17, 2015) - A STUDY in the prevalence of violence against women (VAW) on the North Pacific Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), an associated country of the United States of America, has revealed the gross widespread of this societal scourge which experts have labelled(...)
Tongan Parliament appoints new Select Committee for Population and Development
Nukualofa/Suva, 17 March 2015 - Members of Parliament in Tonga have affirmed the island kingdom's commitment to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action with the establishment of a Select Committee for Population and Development and selection of its(...)
Ensuring coverage for women and girls in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam: UNFPA
UNFPA PACIFIC, Suva (March 17, 2014) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO) has committed up to $35 million VATU and will provide essential emergency reproductive health supplies towards the United Nations Cyclone Pam recovery efforts, with the Government(...)
Remove patriarchal mindsets for inclusive progress: a clergyman's appeal
Radical steps need to be taken to change the way we perceive things, a church leader Reverend Jeremaia Waqainabete says, adding most of us have been brought up in a way that has prevented "thinking outside the box".
Not in our name - a safe space in faith
A fundamental shift is in progress in the way sexual and reproductive health and rights approached by clergymen as global faith-based organisation leaders acknowledge the cost of remaining silent - for example the continuation of situations like 70,000 adolescents in developing countries die(...)
We must close the gaps for women and girls - Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director
A Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director on the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March, 2015) During the past 20 years, we have witnessed remarkable advances in promoting the human rights and dignity of women and girls and their full and equal participation in(...)
Leaders for Youth - critical for the realization of community projects
WHEN a chief tears up while recounting the preventable death of a 22-year-old from one of the villages he traditionally governs, he leaves no doubt that he genuinely cares for his people and wants nothing but the best for the next generation.
Nurturing relationship for correct and timely information
THE relationship that parents nurture with their children will be critical when it is time to have "the talk" related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues.With her own sons and daughters, Marica Turaga (not her real name), said she nurtured a friendship with her children which(...)
People must be at the core of development - Dr Jiko Luveni, UNFPA Pacific High-Level Champion
From being the first woman to graduate as a dentist from the Fiji School of Medicine in 1967 to being the first woman Speaker of Fiji's House of Representatives in 2014, Dr Jiko Luveni remains modest in her attribution to local communities as her most invaluable and critical learning spaces. "It(...)
Fiji Speaker of the House of Representatives takes up UNFPA High-Level Champion Role
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (February 17, 2015) - In a groundbreaking partnership for the region, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office and the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives of Fiji, Dr Jiko Luveni announced Tuesday, February 17, Dr Luveni's acceptance(...)
Seeing is believing - the trickle-down effect of development
For the majority of the her life, Melaia Nabukavou lived in Suva City during which time she joined one of the first organized body for indigenous women, the Soqosoqo Vakamarama; until 2008 that is when she decided to return to her village in Naduru, Kuku in Tailevu. The 66-year-old settled into(...)
UNFPA Pacific assistance to boost safe motherhood efforts
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (06/06/15) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office officially presented equipment for maternal health services to the Ministry for Health and Medical Services Acting Permanent Secretary of Dr Mecuisela Tuicakau today. "The UNFPA is very happy to(...)
Gift from their youth - a wellness centre
THE propensity to hold off going to seek medical advice or not to take oneself to the dentist until one's face resembled a puffer fish is a practice in our island communities we know too well. There are various reasons we do this and for some, the reality of the costs involved often makes herbal(...)
Backing each other - more couples visit centre together
THE banter is typical of a young couple, they are comfortable in their space and if not for the fact that we were sitting in a health facility, one could have easily assumed all was well in their bubble - the reasons that brought them together in matrimony were still very much a huge part of their(...)
A vocation to save - the gift of midwifery
SHE has had to birth infants with a torch locked into position by her teeth when there is no power in the island health facility she works in as a midwife, but her eyes reflect joy at the memories she describes and her passion for midwifery is undeniable.
Aligning youth policies and investments
You can be forgiven for thinking the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) only works in the area of young people, adolescents or youth, considering the emphasis we place on youth-related work particularly in the past few years as we strive towards a world where they can, for example, participate(...)
The power of adolescents and youth to transform the future
UNFPA Pacific, Nuku'alofa (November 19, 2014) - Never before has there been so many young persons between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world, and with 1.8 billion of adolescents and youth spread across the globe, humanity may never again know this cohort with so much potential for progress.
Invest in youth today to realize demographic dividend: Pacific Launch for 2014 UNFPA State of World Population report
AS the international community prepares for a development agenda to take us further down the path of progress from 2015 to 2030, Tonga hosted the launching of a report on Wednesday which affirms the potential of those who will drive this next phase of global development, the adolescents or the(...)
Big data: Do we need them?
In October this year (2014), a 37-year-old Brisbane man was the first arrest and conviction of an undercover online operation targeting pedophiles, using an avatar - computer-generated animation of a 10-year-old Filipina girl - set up by Dutch Children's rights group Terre des Hommes Netherlands.
A promise for better - Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Progresses Well
FAMILY planning saves lives - a phrase the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is all but too familiar with being one of the core messages in the organisation's advocacy for good sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Acess - can mean life or death
IF there is one word which consistently punctuates discourse involving the programming and activities of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), it would have to be access.
Double Ebola threat for pregnant women
EBOLA has become a household buzz word in the last few weeks, if one can dare to be so presumptuous, based on the amount of media attention this deadly and contagious haemorrhagic disease has attracted since its first reported case in Sierra Leone in May, 2014.
Investing in midwives for safe deliveries
WHAT would you tell the midwife who delivered you if you met her today? It is indeed rare to meet the one who coaxed your mother to a safe delivery. For millions of people, theirs are the hands that kneaded and guided, their voices that cajoled but when needed, firmly issued timely directives(...)
World leaders affirm ICPD at the 69th UN General Assembly Special Session on the ICPD
MORE than 120 world leaders including presidents, heads of governments, ministers and senior officials and representatives of civil society emphatically affirmed two days ago the critical difference the development agenda carried out by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has made in the(...)
Influence of religion in ensuring dignity for all
September 18, 2014 - HAVING faith or the belief in a higher power is (almost) a default setting for the majority of those who people the small island nations in this ocean of islands we inhabit.
Young aspirations - An article on the 3rd Conference of SIDS Youth Forum Outcome
A document which specifies the aspirations of young people in small island developing states, the T.A.L.A.V.O.U (Towards A Legacy of Achievements, Versatility, opportunity, Through Partnership and Unity) Forum Outcome, an achievement of the 3rd Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)(...)
Investing in youth, imperative for sustainable development
The 3rd International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa ends today with final statements by heads of member states and United Nations agency representatives, affirming their commitment to the outcome document titled Samoa Pathway.
Youth require investment for realization of full potential - UNFPA
Apia, Samoa (September 3) - The sustainability of social and economic development benefits, in whatever sector they may be, will be highly dependent on how much investment is made in those who will be responsible for its success: today's youth.
Women, key to a food-secure world: UNFPA
By mid last year (2013), the world was home to an estimated 7.2 billion people; human beings will increase by a projected one billion in the next 12 years and one of the most pressing questions today is whether we will have enough food for everyone. Some view genetically-modified food as a(...)
UNFPA Pays Tribute to Humanitarian Workers
As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, I salute those who respond to crises and work tirelessly to save people in times of deep distress and danger. Today's theme, "The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes," calls attention to the courage and commitment of humanitarians who respond to increasing(...)
Mental Health Matters - Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin on International Youth Day
A safe and healthy passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. Being healthy means not merely the absence of illness, but complete physical, mental and social well-being. An essential component of this is being able to realize one's potential, cope with the stresses of(...)
Changing families - a paper by Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi on International Day of the Family
THE proposition that the family is the basic unit of society is an unremarkable one. However in the context of the Pacific, the term has long been understood as referring to the wider extended relationship based on blood and kinship ties.
Each child of a plan - enabling environment for adolescent pregancies
THE issue of adolescent pregnancy received prominent coverage in The Sunday Times (25/05/2014) based on Ministry for Health records confirming 1624 adolescent pregnancies in 2013. Commentators in consequential articles covered the role of the family, particularly parents, in the issue of teenage(...)
Be in the picture of the post-2015 development agenda: the selfie campaign
From German chancellor Angela Merkel to Pope Francis, people of all walks of life who have access to smart phones are doing it: taking selfies, one can perhaps safely say, is a given in this day and age with the increased accessibility to the virtual world enabled by hand-held devises. Some(...)
Women should not die giving life - an article on maternal mortality
Whatever you've decided will fill your current 24 hours, 800 women will die within that same hour from pregnancy or childbirth complications; that's 33 women dying every hour from conditions that could be prevented. The absence of a global outcry at this aspect of maternal health or reproductive(...)
Health access for all - affirming universal access to reproductive health
FIFTEEN Pacific Island nations including Papua New Guinea have reaffirmed their commitment to achieving universal access to reproductive health through continuing work with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO). During a two-day regional consultation with(...)
Demystify topics surrounding sexual health, UNFPA staff urged
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (Fiji) April 24, 2014 - The management and staff of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office have been encouraged to apply concepts of social engineering and demystification of sexual reproductive health-related topics in their daily work.Fiji's(...)
A UNFPA Pacific humanitarian response in the Solomon Islands
The rising water level after three days of consistent heavy rainfall snuck up on Honiara families in the Solomon Islands from accounts of survivors, most of who remain in evacuation centres today because they either have nothing to return to or there is a better chance of nourishment in staying(...)
Celebrated footprints - a feature article on the link between climate change and population dynamics
IN 2008, 1500 residents of Carteret Islands, a group of atolls of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG), had to be relocated becoming the world's first community to be displaced by rising sea level. At the time, sea levels around the atoll had risen by 10 centimetres in(...)
Capitalizing on our demographic dividend - a feature article
UNFPA Pacific, March 27 (2014) Suva - COUNTRIES blessed with sizeable youth population bases, like most of our Pacific island nations whose young people comprise a third of their population, must invest in adolescents now to ensure they reap the benefits of having a demographic dividend, a(...)
Address changing household structures - a feature article
Household structures are changing and so are household compositions - this is one of the key findings of a global review of how United Nations member states, as signatories to the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA), have done in implementing(...)
Progress for women and girls is progress for all - A Statement by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director to mark International Women's Day
By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director As we commemorate International Women's Day and celebrate the many achievements of women and girls, we should also remember that for far too many, the ability to live a healthy, productive life free(...)
Investing in Reproductive Health: supporting efforts to ensure access to reproductive health
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (January 08, 2014) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO) on Wednesday affirmed its support towards the efforts of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation to ensure communities and villages across the country are(...)
Global citizenry - why international meetings matter
Suva (Fiji) January 23,2014 - EVER wondered why governments send delegations to international meetings or conferences, particularly for small island nations such as ours for whom these trips must cost a small fortune - considering our relatively minute economies?
Sport for progress - an article on sports and development
UNFPA Pacific, Suva (December 24, 2013) - We have all seen the uniting power of sport; it is indiscriminate and its tentacles reach across ethnic, religious and age groups, or however else society has compartmentalized your world. Sport and play are first and foremost basic human rights which have(...)
The Pathway to Human-Centred Development - Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
Full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights can mean the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women and adolescent girls: the difference between dying during pregnancy or childbirth from preventable causes and delivering safely; the difference between an(...)
The right to plan - An article marking Human Rights Day
UNFPA Pacific, December 10, 2013, Suva - At some point of her life, a woman will confront questions that the majority of members of our communities assume is a given - whether she wants to have children and if yes, at what intervals would she want them in, assuming she wants to have more than(...)
Zeroing in on the Needs of Women and Young People – World AIDS Day 2013 Statement by UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Today, as we mark World AIDS Day, we can point to significant progress in the global response to the epidemic on the road to reaching the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worldwide, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall, more people have(...)
Dignity under attack - a feature article marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25 (yesterday) marked the beginning of 16 days of activism against the violence perpetrated on women. The movement does not, as some have argued, dismiss the violence perpetrated by women or violence inflicted on other genders. When one in every three women are subjected to physical(...)
Statement of the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Violence against women and girls is a violation of their fundamental human rights, an affront to human dignity and a serious threat to their health and well-being. It impedes their civic engagement and role in development; it generates instability and makes peace harder to achieve.
Girls have choices - a feature article
Girls and women need to know that they have choices and not knowing is very unfair on them, 15-year-old Jai Narayan College fourth former Zara Dean said passionately after participating in the launch of the United Nations Population Fund flagship publication the State of World Population 2013(...)
Childhood must never be derailed by motherhood - A Pacific launch for the State of World Population report 2013
ELENOA (not her real name) is now 30 years old, with three gorgeous children and on the verge of completing her studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Eleven years ago she was preparing for the transition between secondary school to university(...)
Statement of the UNFPA Executive Director on the launch of The State of World Population 2013
Welcome to the launch of UNFPA's The State of World Population 2013, entitled "Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy." The aim of UNFPA's State of World Population 2013 is to provoke a new way of thinking about and tackling adolescent pregnancy and to encourage a(...)
Adolescent pregnancy - whose failing is that?
A serious review of how girls and boys are socialized is one of the basic steps that we as society must take towards a new culture of mutual respect. The tendency of society to blame girls and young women who find themselves pregnant too young, while still in school or unmarried is also misplaced(...)
Stripped of choices - a UNFPA column on adolescent pregnancy
IN her parents' village home, Setaita (not her real name) breastfeeds her first-born, a son whose father hasn't actively participated in this child-bearing experience, although he was informed of the pregnancy from the outset. "My options were to either hang (myself) or abort the baby," Setaita(...)
Tomorrow is a girl - marking International Day of the Girl (October 11) 2013
When girls are not assured the same opportunities as boys, whether one speaks of the level of ones' education or which profession one would like to pursue, we as families, villages, societies and nations are short-changing ourselves.
Innovating for Girls’ Education - A statement by the UNFPA Executive Director Dr Osotimehin Babatunde on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child (11 October 2013)
October 11, 2013 - More girls are in school today than ever before. However, too many girls, especially the most marginalized, have never seen the inside of a classroom, or they go to school only sporadically, never getting the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to reach their full(...)
The Pacific ripple - at the 6th Asian and the Pacific Population Conference
September 26, 2013 (UNFPA Pacific) - The Asia Pacific region has adopted a document towards a global development agenda that will contribute to an updated agenda for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA). If ever there was an international(...)
Asian and Pacific Countries Endorse Forward-looking Agenda on Population, Development and Rights
BANGKOK, Thailand - A high-level, regional intergovernmental conference has issued a ringing reaffirmation that gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development framework.
The Pacific Opening Statement by Cook Islands Minister for Health, Honourable Nandi Glassie
On behalf of the Pacific Countries, namely Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, I have been asked to deliver a short statement related to ICPD priorities, as highlighted in the Pacific ICPD(...)
We want to reshape the development agenda beyond 2014: Pacific leaders
September 17, 2013 (Bangkok, Thailand) - The Pacific delegation to the 6th Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) will speak with a strong collective voice for its regional priorities.
Building Better Lives through a Population and Development Agenda - An Opinion-Editorial by Noeleen Heyzer and Babatunde Osotimehin
Half a century ago, the world was warned of the imminent explosion of "the population bomb." There were fears that humanity would suffer mass starvation. And that societies would plunge into turmoil - because of overpopulation. At that time, Asia was considered to be at the core of the population(...)
Pacific voice for global development agenda beyond 2014 - a Media Advisory
September 14, 2013 - From Monday, September 16 to Friday September 20, some 300 representatives of 40 countries will come together for the 6th Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok, Thailand during which participants will review the region's successes, challenges and future priorities(...)
Connecting through the Moana - an Opinion-Editorial
A FRIEND of mine posted a picture this past weekend of the artwork by her five-year-old son who'd just been taught the formation of waves and was asked to draw his understanding of what he'd just learnt. Intriguingly, his world-view placed items closest to his heart within the waves. The work by(...)
Moana Declaration returns people to the heart of development agenda
August 18, 2013, Suva (UNFPA) - Pacific senior policy makers and parliamentarians representing Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia have ended the Pacific Conference of Parliamentarians for Advocacy on ICPD Beyond 2014 with a declaration of recommitment to people-centred national development(...)
Ensure the Pacific voice is heard in the global development agenda: UNFPA urges leaders
August 14, Suva (UNFPA) - If the voice of the Pacific is absent from the new global development agenda to be implemented from 2015 on, that plan will be less effective, less credible and less relevant, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Kate Gilmore told legislators and senior policy makers Tuesday.
Pacific senior policy-makers converge in Suva to discuss ICPD beyond-2014
In 1994, 179 world leaders, including many from the Pacific island, endorsed and signed a 20-year development plan, encapsulated in a Programme of Action (PoA), at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Almost 20 years later, Pacific island country senior policy makers(...)
No maternal deaths - an Opinion-Editorial
At the Maternity Ward of the Tungaru Central Hospital on Tarawa, in Kiribati, patients, health workers and nurses mingle freely with day-old babies the centre of attention; the older women fussing over them during visiting hours.In the midst of these activities, staff nurse Makite Etekiera quietly(...)
Develop social consciousness, UNFPA Pacific urges nurses
30 July 2013, Suva, Fiji - Nurses from around the region have been urged to develop a new social consciousness as they embarked on a four-month Sexual and Reproductive Health Management Training Programme (SRHMTP) in Suva Monday.
One death too many - Opinion-Editorial
REBWA Teakireke has been a nurse for 10 years in Kiribati; the vivacious 39-year-old is a delight to talk to, she unwittingly impresses upon you that she is exactly where she wants to be as far as a career choice is concerned: a staff of Tungaru Central Hospital's maternity ward on Tarawa.
Untapped resource - An Opinion-Editorial on World Population Day
FOR the most part, our families and villages will embrace a child even if it is born out of wedlock to an adolescent mother, something frowned upon in most conservative-religious communities; but the acceptance of the child is an aspect of our culture that reflects tolerance, love and care.
Young Pacific islanders to envision the future they want at “My World, My SIDS: YES”
NADI, Fiji, 4 July, 2013 - Thirty young Pacific islanders aged from 12 to 30 years old gathered in Nadi today to discuss issues close to their heart and envision the future they want.
Learning family life - an Opinion-Editorial
REGARDLESS of one's ethnicity, religious beliefs, political affiliation or the section of town you grew up in, there is an extremely high likelihood that you went to school - particularly now that most governments have moved towards free education in the Pacific.
People economics - an Opinion-Editorial
LAST week, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill, attended a two-day haus krai or a traditional mourning ritual in the capital, Port Moresby. It was however symbolic, O'Neill attended it to say to the women of his country: "Your government says sorry".
In Fiji, UNFPA Chief Stresses Women's Empowerment, Girls Education
SUVA, Fiji - If alarming rates of violence against women are to be effectively addressed, the status of women needs to be elevated. UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the fundamental, often unacknowledged, contributions of women - to families, communities and economies(...)
2014 and beyond - an Opinion-Editorial
WHAT major event do you remember from 1994 - your first job or child perhaps? For the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), it is a defining year on our timeline because 179 governments signed the Program of Action (POA), a 20-year program, during the International Conference on Population and(...)
Paying in advance - an Opinion-Editorial
REPRESENTING 149 countries and 2200 organisations, 4500 participants and 411 (mainstream) journalists converged in Malaysia last week to regroup and strengthen individual and political commitments to the realisation of women and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights.
It's all about choice - an Opinion-Editorial
THIS month (April) marks an important milestone for the United Nations family - we have less than 1000 days to the deadline of achieving the eight millennium development goals or MDGs; all UN member states, including our island nations, agreed in 2000 to achieve them by 2015.
Plan for a good start - an Opinion-Editorial
VUDA connotes a sense of history for us in Fiji - it is a commonly-held belief that families which first peopled these islands landed at this spot from which they then dispersed to the different parts of the Fiji Islands.
Final note from Dirk - an Opinion-Editorial by UNFPA Pacific Director and Representative Dirk Jena
ONE of my favourite memories as far as contraceptives are concerned is joining a queue at a store for some condoms outside my university - while my girlfriend who is now my wife of 32 years waited for me in the car. I returned with a tooth brush because there was a long line behind me.
21st century battle - an Opinion-Editorial by UNFPA Pacific Director and Representative Dirk Jena
IN our region, the predominance of the Christian faith cannot be denied. There are other religions of course and the freedom to observe your personal choice is perhaps one of the positives of life here. This is the more appreciated these days considering violent riots that erupt from faith-based(...)
Story's in the data - an Opinion-Editorial by UNFPA Pacific Director and Representative Dirk Jena
THERE is something that I have not really discussed here perhaps because it can become rather technical and cumbersome for some but it is one of the cornerstones of our, the United Nations Population Fund, existence and that is population data for development.
Effect of our culture - an Opinion-Editorial by UNFPA Pacific Director and Representative Dirk Jena
THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) mandate - maternal health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and reproductive rights and population dynamics - covers some of the most sensitive issues in our society today.
Good health to all - an Opinion-Editorial by UNFPA Pacific Director and Representative Dirk Jena
LAST month, member states of the United Nations (UN) agreed that they would increase efforts towards universal access to affordable and quality health-care services, thereby affirming state responsibility of making health coverage accessible, effective and sustainable.
Pacific consultation on Violence against Women studies, May 14-16 2012
A 3-day consultation, Data for action, involved knowledge exchange between representatives of countries which had already implemented the study and those who intend to. The consultation to which also other key stakeholders were invited, allowed sharing of results as well as lessons learned from(...)
World Population at 7 Billion
"In a world of seven billion, every person should enjoy human rights and human dignity, and have the opportunity to make the most of his or her potential." UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin...read more....
Tuvalu launches its first national population policy. Funafuti, Tuvalu, 18 October, 2011 - The Government of Tuvalu in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)..........
Funafuti, Tuvalu, 18 October, 2011 - The Government of Tuvalu in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted the launch of the Tuvalu National Population Policy. The policy is the first for Tuvalu which has an estimated population of 10,800 people....read more...