The UN agency mandated with protecting sexual and reproductive health (UNFPA) turned 50 this week, celebrating its role saving millions of women’s lives and protecting their futures.

 

In a message to mark this milestone, Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated UNFPA on its work, improving the well-being of people around the world, warning that “today, the world needs UNFPA more than ever”.

 

“Your efforts have been particularly instrumental in enabling women and couples to access the sexual and reproductive health care they need”, he said, and in preventing gender-based violence, tackling female genital mutilation and child marriage practices.

 

UNFPA supports reproductive health care for women and youth in more than 150 countries – home to more than 80 per cent of the world’s population.

 

Source:news.un.org

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