UNITED NATIONS, New York, 20 October 2016—Forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other practices undermining girls’ health and rights threaten the world’s ambitious development agenda, warns UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in The State of World Population 2016, released today.
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2016
Population ageing – one of the most significant trends of the 21st century – represents both a cause for celebration and a challenge. To ensure that everyone’s well-being is enhanced through this demographic shift, more efforts are needed to minimize lifelong inequalities and improve the life conditions of older people.
On behalf of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), it is my pleasure to deliver remarks on the occasion of the High-level Forum on Midwifery Development in China. I would like to thank the China Maternal and Childr Health Association (CMCHA) and the Nursing School of Peking University for convening this important event.