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UNFPA GCC Quarterly Newletter 

April- June 2016 

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This paper was inspired above all by the meeting of leading thinkers from different religious traditions convened by UNFPA, in Istanbul and then in New York in the course of 2014. Several participants have served as long-standing advisors for the content of this paper. 

In September 2014 UNFPA brought together a group of leaders from the world’s major religious traditions at the United Nations to reflect on the complex links between the vital United Nations goal of advancing women’s rights and reproductive health and reproductive rights and the religious and cultural beliefs and practices that are so vital to a large majority of the world’s people. The outcome was an inspirational Call to Action from religious actors: “Not in our name should any mother die while giving birth. Not in our name should any girl, boy, woman or man be abused, violated, or killed. Not in our name should a girl child be deprived of her education, be married, be harmed or abused. Not in our name should anyone be denied access to basic health care, nor should a child or an adolescent be denied knowledge of and care for her/his body. Not in our name should any person be denied their human rights.” The call highlighted the hurt that comes when violations of human rights occur in the name of religion, culture, or tradition. It affirmed that “sexual and reproductive health is part of human rights.”

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This document highlightes UNFPA success stories and achievements in numbers in the Arab States. 

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon, made an official visitation to Oman on 1 st -2 nd of February 2016. High profile with complex schedule of meetings coupled with an extensive logistical arrangements, the visit was coordinated by two selected UN agencies, UNFPA, represented by UNFPA's Subregional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and UNICEF of Oman. The visit strengthened UNFPA visibility in Oman and provided a platform to bring its mandate to the forefront of media coverage. 

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While there are many separate indicators related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV, a key challenge has been the lack of internationally agreed indicators to measure progress in linking SRH and HIV. This ...

 

 

 

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Shelter From The Storm - A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world. We live in a world where humanitarian crises extract mounting costs from economies, communities and individuals. Wars and natural disasters make the headlines, at least initially.

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As the United Nations intensifies its humanitarian efforts to respond to the ongoing crisis in Syria and Yemen, UNFPA's Sub-regional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries, in cooperation with UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) is currently negotiating two major grants with the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and King Salman Center (KSC), in order to ensure safe birth for pregnant women and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence affecting distressed women in both countries

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UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund GCC Sub regional office, launched its annual publication, State of the World Population Report (SWOP) 2014, a flagship report on the status of youth, across the Arab region in January. In Oman it launched during the Annual Muscat Festival in the presence of large young people at Naseem Gardens along with Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER). 

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The Annual Report 2014 of the Maternal Health Thematic Fund analyses the first year of operation of Phase II of the Maternal Health Thematic Fund. The Maternal Health Thematic Fund is UNFPA’s flagship programme for accelerating improved maternal and newborn health. It is the only one of its kind in the UN system that focuses on a key area of reproductive health while at the same time intensively contributing to strengthening health systems.

 

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, subregional office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) Oman conducted a Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) study on contraceptive use as continuing support to the Birth Spacing (BS) Programme of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Oman. In 2014, MoH developed a plan to strengthen the BS Programme, which implied the need for conducting this KAP study to assess the awareness of local community about BS and related methods. The objectives of the study include identifying the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Omanis about their contraceptive use, as well as exploring the barriers for service utilization. Therefore, the outcomes of this study, which is funded by UNFPA GCC and technically supported by WHO, shall be used as a base to develop an updated and effective future communication plan focusing on modern contraceptives. 

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