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December 2009’s Edition of
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• Cairo at 15 – Much Remains to be Done
Fifteen years ago after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, Egypt, the ICPD’s 20-year Programme of Action is far from fulfilled. While many governments have embraced reproductive health as an essential component of poverty reduction, access to family planning information and services is far from universal and maternal mortality remains stubbornly high.
• Post from Berlin
Fifteen years ago September, at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, 179 world leaders pledged that women’s rights are human rights that ensure the full participation of women in society. While progress has been made, the results are far from sufficient. Of the 22 billion dollars needed from the international community in 2009 to ensure adequate family planning and maternal and newborn health services, less than half the amount is being made available.
• Refugees and the ICPD
This year, we observe the 15th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. ICPD was groundbreaking in many areas of reproductive health, especially in terms of refugees and internally displaced persons (paragraphs 9.22 and 10.25). ICPD marked the first time the international community recognized that quality reproductive health care is a right for refugees and women living in crisis situations.
• PAI on Cairo at 15
Anyone who works in the international development field should have a certain little orange book on their desk. It measures 3.5 x 6 inches, yet packs a real punch. It is the Programme of Action, adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in September 1994.
• FAO says Food Production must Rise by 70%
With global hunger on the rise again, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has issued a sobering forecast on world food production. If global population reaches 9.1 billion by 2050, the FAO says that world food production will need to rise by 70%, and food production in the developing world will need to double.
• Soap Operas: Making a Difference in Developing Nations
Since the dawn of radio and television, entertainment media has been helping to shape social behaviors around the globe, many would argue for the worse. But in a growing number of developing nations, entertainment media in the form of serial dramas or soap operas, are making a positive contribution. Specially-designed programming is helping people develop a better understanding of issues like family planning, reproductive health, violence against women, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
• Special: An Interview with William N. Ryerson
In an exclusive interview, the president and founder of the Population Media Center describes how serial dramas are dramatically boosting family planning, preventing the spread of AIDS, and combating violence against women.
• Decline in Abortion Linked to Increased Contraceptive Use
According to a report released in October by the Guttmacher Institute, an increase in the use of contraceptives has contributed to a decline in the number of abortions worldwide, but 70,000 women still die every year from unsafe abortions.
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