News by topic: Women, Children, Population


Repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year – UN experts

27 September – Warning that unsafe abortions kill nearly 50,000 women each year, United Nations human rights experts today called on States across the world to repeal restrictive abortion laws and policies, and all punitive measures and discriminatory barriers to access safe reproductive health services.


UNESCO unveils video on comprehensive sexuality education for young people

26 September – The United Nations cultural agency today released a new video that outlines how comprehensive sexuality education helps young people develop the knowledge and skills to make conscious, healthy and responsible choices about relationships and sexuality.


Deputy Secretary-General calls on development partners to boost aid for Lake Chad Basin

23 September – More support from donors is urgently needed to expand efforts seeking to improve the lives of those affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said today, imploring the international community to rally behind a new call for action.


Greater focus on women’s empowerment can help achieve Global Goals – UN chief

22 September – Gender equality remains the greatest human rights challenge of our time, and one way to achieve the goal is by empowering women to have greater choices economically and control over their lives, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, urging the international community to spearhead efforts that provide opportunities for women and girls.


Women’s empowerment vital for global development, Lithuanian leader tells UN Assembly

22 September – Only by fully empowering women can the world achieve the ambitious development goals it has set itself and confront the multiple crises and threats that beset it, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told the United Nations General Assembly today.


UN Women launches report spotlighting gender equality in global universities

20 September – On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly today, UN Women unveiled a report by 10 global universities that lays out their concrete commitments and charts their progress towards achieving gender parity.


UN announces inaugural class of 17 youth leaders to support Global Goals

19 September – The United Nations envoy on youth today unveiled the inaugural class of 17 youth leaders who have been recognized for their leadership and contribution to the achievement of the 17 Global Goals, also known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.


New UN exhibit highlights need to fill in ‘blank spaces’ for child-related data

14 September – Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in launching a ‘Time Machine’ that will use data storytelling to highlight the lack of availability of statistics on children and particularly those related to child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators.


Top UN officials highlight how Paralympic Games show that ability, not disability, defines a person’s accomplishments

8 September – Welcoming the start of the 2016 summer Paralympic Games, which got underway in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the Games not only showcase the extraordinary abilities of athletes living with a disability, they also promote the rights of all persons with disabilities.


Colombia: UN official welcomes start of reintegration of children from FARC-EP on Saturday

8 September – A senior United Nations official today welcomed the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) that they will begin the separation and reintegration of all children under the age of 18 associated with the FARC-EP on Saturday.