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World Population Day – July 11th

The United Nations says culturally appropriate youth education is needed to combat high teenage pregnancy rates across the globe.

About 16 million girls under 18 years of age give birth each year across the world and 3.2 million have unsafe abortions, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dr Annette Sachs Robertson, UNFPA Pacific director and representative, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat it is a lost opportunity when girls have babies “before their time”.

“They’re unable to fulfill their full potential in terms of education…, their contribution to their families and to themselves, and to the economy,” she said.

The UNFPA is using World Population Day on July 11 to urge nations to help in “breaking the cycle” of teenage pregnancy with targeted education and reproductive health services. More than 500 million of the world’s 600 million girls are in developing countries, according to the UNFPA.

Girls are staying …

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MMS &UN news -June

 

Violence is Costly! ; Global Peace Index (GPI) was launched and at a related press conference at the UN experts said “The world had become less peaceful in the past year, Syria being the “biggest ever faller”. We take a key definition of peace as the absence of violence or the absence of fear of violence,” Michelle Breslauer, Director, United States Operations, Institute for Economics and Peace, said of the Index, which comprised 22 indicators measuring internal and external levels of peacefulness in society, including levels of militarization, safety, security and organized conflict. Iceland maintained its position as the most peaceful nation, followed by Denmark, New Zealand and Austria. Afghanistan had always been in the bottom 10 since the Index started in 2007.For 2012, the cost of violence to the global economy was $9.4 trillion, about 11 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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