Follow the conversation on Twitter  &  Facebook   #MDG5  With less than 900 days remaining to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the Forum brings together a High-Level Panel to discuss what needs to be done to rapidly accelerate the achievement ofMDG5 (improve maternal health). Although progress has been made, MDG5 falls far short of agreed targets. Reaching MDG5 requires focusing on proven interventions to reduce maternal death and achieve universal access to reproductive … [Read more...]

Women will Change the World, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

When Babatunde Osotimehin last year became the head of UNFPA -- the international development agency promoting female rights -- the news didn't go down too well with many women working in the field. After his appointment Osotimehin was told that some female ambassadors at the UN were upset that a man had been made head of the agency. But he was determined to put their minds at ease. "We had lunch with them [female ambassadors] and they asked me, 'so, justify this position,'" remembers … [Read more...]

Maternal Health Thematic Fund is Taking Action!

Maternal Health: Reviewing Progress and Looking Ahead UNITED NATIONS, New York — Donors, representing both governments and the private sector, today joined UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and staff to review major achievements made possible by the Maternal Health Thematic Fund in 2010. The thematic fund supports high-impact and low-cost investments in countries with the greatest burden of maternal death and injury. UNFPA launched the Maternal Health Thematic Fund in 2008 to … [Read more...]

UN Top Officials – Celebrate Call to 'Abolish FGM' globally!

    Top UN officials call for abolishing female genital mutilation   A type of blade used to carry out the FGM operation February 2011 – Stressing that all girls deserve to grow up free from harmful practices that endanger their well-being, United Nations officials on Sunday called for abolishing the practice of female genital mutilation to help millions lead healthier lives.     Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – … [Read more...]

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