Facts and Figures- UNFPA regional overview, Arab States

No. of pages: 38

Publication date: 2016

Author: UNFPA ASRO

Publisher: UNFPA ASRO

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the world’s largest source of population data collection, with programmemes in over 150 countries. UNFPA promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. It supports countries in using population data for policies and programmemes to reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development, and to ensure every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the global number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved globally. Families are smaller and healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before and can better contribute to the economic and social transformation of their countries. In the Arab region, where the situations in different countries vary from relatively stable to humanitarian crises, and with an estimated 60 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, UNFPA works on population issues from 15 offices, with a mix of programmeming and humanitarian response. In a region so varied and volatile, UNFPA covers 20 countries and uses the League of Arab States and other regional forums to advocate for policies that will help empower women and youth, including by promoting healthier lifestyles and giving them the ability to make informed decisions that will help them shape their lives.