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13 May 2018
Article 16 of the Teheran Proclamation declared, "Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children." © UN Photo

Fifty years ago, it became official: Family planning is a human right

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Throughout all of human history, efforts to plan, avoid or delay pregnancy had... Read more

13 May 2018
“I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls,” said Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse in Malawi, in 2015. She has been trained to provide sexual and reproductive information and care to young people. “Now I know that anyone of childbearing age is eligible for family planning,” she said. © UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick

Nine standards to uphold the human right to family planning

Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Until family planning is a universally available choice, this human right will not be fully realized. UNFPA... Read more

21 February 2018
Dr. Sumaya Okod, the state Minister at the Ministry of International Cooperation and Ms. Lina Mousa, the Representative of UNFPA in Sudan , addressing the Press Conference. Photo © UNFPA Sudan

UNFPA Sudan and the Ministry of International Cooperation Renewed Partnership by Signing the New Country Programme Action Plan (2018- 2021)

Khartoum 21 February 2018- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Ministry of International Cooperation (MIC), signed The Country Program Action Plan (2018- 2021) with a total budget of 40... Read more

4 February 2018

UNFPA's vision and agenda 2030

Imagine a world where  every pregnancy is wanted  every childbirth is safe and  every young person's potential is fulfilled This is the world we are striving to realize. Our goal is to achieve... Read more

1 February 2018
Fanny, in Malawi, was married at 17. “This was due to pressure from my parents, who were overwhelmed by the deep poverty we were experiencing, but I was not ready,” she said. © UNFPA Malawi

Top 5 things you didn’t know about child marriage

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Around the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a romantic time for couples. Yet millions of children are coupled up before they are ready, often against their wills.... Read more

31 January 2018
Abdullah Ali Abdullah has spent 30 years working with communities in North Kordofan to encourage abandonment of female genital mutilation. © UNFPA Sudan

A vision of change: Pioneer spends 30 years advocating end to FGM in Sudan

EL OBEID, Sudan – In the early 1980s, Abdullah Ali Abdullah saw constant infections and childbirth complications while volunteering in a health centre in Sudan’s North Kordofan state. He soon... Read more

14 January 2018

Government of Sweden and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sudan

Khartoum, January 14, 2018 – Sweden and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sudan have signed today an agreement to progress the UNFPA Country Program (2018-2021). It aims at contributing... Read more

7 December 2016
Zahra Zakaria was in labour for three days in a tent in West Darfur. A Caesarean section saved her and her son. © UNFPA

Getting help to nomad moms on the move in West Darfur

WEST DARFUR, Sudan – Something was terribly wrong. Zahra Zakaria was eight months pregnant when she went into labour in a tent in Kondabi, a remote village in Sudan’s West Darfur state. It was her... Read more

4 May 2016

How a new blood bank is saving the lives of pregnant women in Darfur

NORTH DARFUR, Sudan – Last year, when Zahar Ali went into labour with her first child, her family brought her to El Fasher Maternity Hospital, North Darfur’s largest health facility offering ... Read more

8 July 2015

Free Online Procurement Courses

UNFPA has developed three e-courses in Procurement and Supply Chain related subjects. The courses are offered to UNFPA personnel, as well as to its partners in Governments, NGOs and institutions at... Read more