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The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) which was first held in Cairo in 1999 was a breakthrough in the history of population and its development.
At the conference the world agreed that population is not just about ‘counting the people but making sure that every person counts'. This conference also opened new avenues for the empowerment of women. As a result, 179 countries singed the Plan of Action which focuses on population and its development.

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Every day in developing countries, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth. Nine in 10 of these births occur within marriage or a union. This has consequences on the health, education, employment and rights of an untold millions of girls. What are the challenges of adolescent pregnancy, and what can we do to ensure girls have a healthy and safe transition into adulthood?

 

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0 facts about adolescent pregnancy
 

  • Every day, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth in developing countries.

 

  • Of the 7.3 million girls below age 18 who give birth each year in developing countries, 2 million of them are under age 15.

 

  • 95 per cent of adolescent births occur in developing countries.

 

  • In developed countries, there are 680,000 births to adolescent mothers annually. Nearly half of these occur in the United States.

 

  • Adolescents make up about 18 per cent of the world’s population. 88 per cent of them live in developing countries.

 

  • The lifetime opportunity cost related to adolescent pregnancy—measured by the mother’s foregone annual income over her lifetime—ranges from 1 per cent of annual GDP, or $124 billion, in China to 30 per cent of annual GDP, or $15 billion, in Uganda.

 

  • Adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 account for as many as 3.2 million unsafe abortions annually in developing countries.

 

  • An estimated 70,000 adolescents in developing countries die each year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

 

  • Girls who become pregnant before age 15 in low- and middle-income countries have double the risk for maternal death and obstetric fistula than older women, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

 

  • Education continues to be the single most important predictor of age at marriage over time. Child marriage is strongly associated with early pregnancy. An estimated 39,000 girls are married every day.

 
 

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The GCC Area Office wishes all our readers a very happy new year and season's greetings.
We begin the new year with a renewed commit-ment to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

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Inside this issue:
- recent and upcoming calender of events
- Muscat Festival
- Y-Peer Bahrain
- Executive Director's visit to Saudi Arabia

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The Youth Peer Education (Y-PEER) Network main goal is to educate young people on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through peer education methodology and interpersonal contact. The network organized the first 10 DoA campaign in 2010, where young people leaded intensive raising awareness activities on youth SRHR under the theme “Our year, our voice”. The aim of the campaign was to shed the light on youth SRHR and needs, this campaign started on the World AIDS Day (December the 1st) , continued throughout the next 10 days and it aimed to raise awareness through

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All human beings-regardless of age, sex, race or income-are equal in dignity and rights. Yet 222 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise the human right to voluntary family planning.
This flagship report analyzes data and trends to understand who is denied access and why. It examines challenges in expanding access to family planning. And it considers the social and economic impact of family planning as well as the costs and savings of making it available to everyone who needs it.
The report asserts that governments, civil society, health providers and communities have the responsibility to protect the right to family planning for women across the spectrum, including those who are young or unmarried.

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GCC Area Office launches the first issue of its quarterly newsletter. Please download and enjoy! We welcome comments.

 

 

 

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The second issue of the quarterly newletter published in September 2012; focusing on recent youth and regional activities.

 

 

 

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Seven billion people will inhabit the earth as of 31 October 2011.
This year's State of World Population report, People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion, looks at the dynamics behind the numbers. It explains the trends that are defining our world of 7 billion and documents actions that people in vastly different countries and circumstances are taking to make the most of their--and our--world.
The report makes the case for sound planning and investing in people.

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