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World Population Day 2015 - Increase vulnerable population's access to quality reproductive and family planning services in natural disaster

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IMG 2813HA NOI, 10 July 2015 – As the world prepares to observe World Population Day on July 11th, UNFPA calls for the international community to double efforts to protect the health and rights of women and girls during conflicts and humanitarian disasters.

A recent United Nations report warns that the number of forcibly displaced people has risen to a record number – almost 60 million at the end of 2014. Among these, most women and adolescent girls face particular threats as a result of the absence of health and other essential services that they need.  
“Even under normal conditions, reproductive health complications are a leading cause of death and illness among women of childbearing age” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA. “In humanitarian situations, an estimated one in five women and adolescent girls are likely to be pregnant. As skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care often become unavailable, pregnant women’s and girls’ vulnerability to death and injury is further exacerbated.

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Manchester United Football Coaches Train Vietnamese Social Workers to Protect Vulnerable Children in Partnership with UNICEF Viet Nam

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Manchester United was the first football club to take the initiative in developing an active partnership between UNICEF and the world of football. Manchester United was the first football club to take the initiative in developing an active partnership between UNICEF and the world of football. HO CHI MINH CITY, 30 June 2015 – Manchester United Foundation CEO, John Shiels and coaches from the Foundation's "Street Reds" programme are currently visiting Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) for three-day intensive football training session for community social workers and vulnerable children.

The training is part of Manchester United's "United for UNICEF" partnership, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global charity.

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Youth access to good quality education, decent empowerment and quality health care and youth participation key to future development, the National Youth Report Shows

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youth report unfpa2HA NOI, 29 June 2015 – The first-ever National Youth Report was launched today in Ha Noi by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) with technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam. This report demonstrates the Government's commitment in addressing youth concerns and youth issues in the country.

Data from the 2014 Inter-Census Population Survey shows that Viet Nam has entered a "golden population" period, recording the highest proportion of young people in Viet Nam's history. Young people between the ages of 10 to 29 years old now represent over one third of the total population. This "demographic window of opportunity" remains open until 2040, and presents Viet Nam with a one-time and unique opportunity in its history to make this golden period the driver for socio-economic prosperity, by ensuring that every young person is educated and supported to achieve his or her full potential.

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2015 World Drug Report finds drug use stable, access to drug & HIV treatment still low

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IMG 1954UNODC Chief calls number of drug-related deaths worldwide unacceptable; Global opium cultivation highest since the late-1930s

Hanoi, 26 June 2015 - Drug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is estimated that a total of 246 million people – slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide – used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, almost half of whom are people who inject drugs (PWID). An estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. Men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, while women are more likely to misuse prescription opioids and tranquillizers.   

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The Secretary-General's Message on World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

 

30 July 2015 - Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit.  Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human trafficking victims, including those driven into degrading sexual exploitation.

Trafficked persons are often tricked into servitude with the false promise of a well-paid job. Migrants crossing deadly seas and burning deserts to escape conflict, poverty and persecution are also at risk of being trafficked.  Individuals can find themselves alone in a foreign land where they have been stripped of their passports, forced into debt and exploited for labour.  Children and young people can find their lives stolen, their education blocked and their dreams dashed. It is an assault on their most basic human rights and fundamental freedoms.


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The Secretary-General's Message on World Youth Skills Day

 

15 July 2015 - I welcome this first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day.  On July 15th each year, the international community will underscore the value of helping young people to upgrade their own abilities to contribute to our common future.

While overall more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75 million adolescents who are out of school, denied the quality education they deserve and unable to acquire the skills they need.

We may see an understandably frustrated youth population – but that picture is incomplete.  With the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the global agenda and build more inclusive and vibrant societies.


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The Secretary-General's Message on World Population Day


11 July 2015
- Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet. With nearly 60 million individuals having fled conflict or disaster, women and adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable.  Violent extremists and armed groups are committing terrible abuses that result in trauma, unintended pregnancy and infection with HIV and other diseases.  Shame and accountability rest squarely on the shoulders of the perpetrators who wage cowardly battles across the bodies of innocents.


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The Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking

 

26 June 2015 - In September, leaders from around the world will meet at the United Nations to adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and provide a life of dignity for all.  This ambition, while achievable, must address various obstacles, including the deadly harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking and drug abuse.

Our shared response to this challenge is founded on the international drug control conventions.  In full compliance with human rights standards and norms, the United Nations advocates a careful re-balancing of the international policy on controlled drugs.  We must consider alternatives to criminalization and incarceration of people who use drugs and focus criminal justice efforts on those involved in supply.  We should increase the focus on public health, prevention, treatment and care, as well as on economic, social and cultural strategies.  


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The Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day of Yoga

 

21 June 2015 - During a visit to India this year, I had the opportunity to practice yoga with one of my senior advisors.  Although he happened to be a son of the country, I might equally have done the same with many other colleagues from different parts of the world.  Yoga is an ancient discipline from a traditional setting that has grown in popularity to be enjoyed by practitioners in every region.  By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.

Yoga offers a simple, accessible and inclusive means to promote physical and spiritual health and well-being.  It promotes respect for one’s fellow human beings and for the planet we share.  And yoga does not discriminate; to varying degrees, all people can practice, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability.



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