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12 August 2020
Press Release

UNFPA calls for urgent funding to respond to the emerging needs in Lebanon

Cairo - 12 August 2020 - UNFPA is urgently appealing for USD 19.6 million to meet the lifesaving needs of women and girls impacted by the 4 August explosion at the Beirut Port, which killed at least... Read more

10 August 2020
Press Release

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, scales up its support to Lebanon

Cairo - 9 August 2020 - In response to the horrific explosion that devastated parts of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on 4 August 2020, the United Nations Population Fund, Arab States Regional... Read more

9 August 2020

Youth leading the way in COVID-19 solutions

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Youth Day 12 August 2020 As we mark International Youth Day in the midst of a global pandemic, we witness how young people are... Read more

5 August 2020
The initaitive distributed protective equipment and sanitation supplies to health workers, among other support. © UNFPA Morocco

Operation SALAMA reaches millions of Moroccans with pandemic information, supplies, support

RABAT, Morocco – When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Morocco in March, alarm spread through the country. “At the start of the pandemic, we were very worried about our health,” Halima*, a migrant... Read more

30 July 2020
Press Release

Joint UN Awareness Raising Week Marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – 23 July 2020 There are horrible ways in which human dignity can be violated. When someone is forced to work without being paid, tricked to selling their organs... Read more

28 July 2020

We must win the battle against human trafficking

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2020 Every year, tens of thousands of people are trafficked across and within national borders. While... Read more

11 July 2020
The global community must show solidarity to survive the pandemic, says UNFPA's Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem.

Putting the brakes on COVID-19: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Officially, the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 11 million people and left more than half a million dead. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater... Read more

9 July 2020

Peace in the home: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls – even during COVID-19

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Population Day 11 July 2020 Peace in our world begins with peace in the home, as the United Nations Secretary-General stated in his... Read more

8 July 2020
Decade of Evaluation for Action

Decade of Evaluation for Action: Regional Consultation on Influential Evaluation to Accelerate Sustainable Development in the Arab States

With only ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Secretary General has called on all sectors of society and people everywhere to mobilize for a Decade of Action to... Read more

30 June 2020
Without urgent action, the situation for women and girls could worsen. Artwork by Fatma Mahmoud Salama Raslan.

Five things you didn’t know about practices that harm girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and... Read more