Today, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we recall its opening words: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This principle is at the heart of the Programme of Action of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development, which guides the work of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. As we join in this year’s theme to “Stand up for Someone’s Rights Today”, I applaud our staff who, working with national partners, are defending the rights of the most marginalized and excluded and bringing to light the discrimination they face.
Dec. 1, 2016, Beijing—The International Conference on Population Ageing and the Sustainable Development Goals was convened today in Beijing to discuss the importance of population ageing in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Co-organized by the China Population Association, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Institute of Gerontology of Renmin University of China, the conference hosted about 200 representatives from international organizations, national and international government and academic institutions to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities presented by the population ageing as well as collective endeavors to harness the transformative force of ageing for achieving the ambitious Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
This year’s World AIDS Day’s theme, Hands Up for Prevention, reminds us that we still have work to do to reduce HIV transmission if we are to meet the global target set out in the UN Political Declaration on Ending AIDS adopted by the UN General Assembly in June 2016. In order to end AIDS by 2030, the HIV response must be fast tracked and that includes reducing new HIV infections to less than 500,000 by 2020.
This is 2016 and yet one in three women worldwide still experiences or has experienced some form of physical or sexual violence, usually perpetrated by someone she knows. Moreover, millions of women and girls have been subjected to other forms of violence and harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation, which affect an estimated 200 million women and girls, or child marriage, with one in three girls in developing countries being married off before the age of 18.