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This newsletter presents the highlights of the high-level UNFPA and DfID joint advocacy visit to Nigeria during which the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and the DfID Permanent secretary, Mr. Mark Lowcock made an investment case for Family Planning; stating that it is the single most cost effective strategy for sustainable economic development. This visit benefited from close coordination between UNFPA Supplies, UNFPA Nigeria, the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnership alongside the West and Central Africa Regional Office.
Also watch the video report that was prepared for TV5 Monde: https://youtu.be/wkjGIkEEymk
Mark Lowcock reiterated the support of the British Government to support Nigeria to surmount the current challenges it
faces in increasing quality access to contraceptive services. In addition, he promised to work with other partners to increase
funding if Nigeria can show increased commitment through domestic funding for family planning services in the country;
reiterating the need for the continuous investment on essential and life-saving commodities in line with all the commitments
made by the Nigerian government, including commitments made at the London Family Planning Summit of 2012 as
well as United Nations Commission on Life Saving Commodities.
Watch the video report that was prepared for TV5 Monde: https://youtu.be/wkjGIkEEymk

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Since 2014, the unprecedented and waning Ebola virus disease outbreak has captured the world’s attention and has affected several West African countries, especially Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The nature of the crisis has highlighted the importance of a coordinated ‘multicountry cross-border’ approach to build an effective response.
UNFPA has pioneered such regional cooperation in the design of the Mano River Midwifery Response (MRMR) initiative. Implemented in close consultation with the Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat, this flagship initiative aimed at establishing the basis for a strong and resilient health system that would continue to provide essential maternal and reproductive health services even during crisis.
The MRMR received utmost attention and timely support from the Government of Japan, a strong advocate and supporter of maternal health in humanitarian settings and the initiator of the “Womenomics” concept, which looks at economic empowerment of women as a pillar of human security.
This “1000s of lives saved during Ebola outbreak” photobook is presenting some results of this lifesaving collaboration between UNFPA, the governments of the three former Ebola countries, the MRU Secretariat, and the Government of Japan.

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Le samedi 30 juillet dernier, la place de l’indépendance de la ville de Korhogo qui jouxte la résidence du préfet, la Mairie et le Palais de Justice, était noire de monde.
La ville accueillait la 30e édition de la Journée mondiale de la population (JMP) sur le thème national : «in­vestir dans les adolescentes pour l’atteinte du dividende démogra­phique». Pour ce faire, elle avait re­vêtu ses plus beaux apparats et fait peau neuve pour entendre Mme Nialé Kaba, Ministre du Plan et du Développement.

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), UNFPA and partners celebrated World Population Day on 11th July, 2016 on the theme, “Investing in Teenage Girls”. The main events of the celebration were held at the Miata Conference Hall, Youyi Building, Freetown.

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The highlight of this edition is the graduation ceremony of school girls from the girl empowerment project, in Ilaje community, a slum in Lagos State. With 5 million out of school girls in Nigeria, the project was a platform to give girls access to education outside the classroom so no one is left behind. Details of this intervention and more can be read within the pages of this newsletter.

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In this issue of UNFPA Liberia's newsletter : 

  • UNFPA Turns Over Prisoners’ Rehab. Facility to Gov’t
  • Stakeholders Discuss Fistula Prevention in Liberia
  • UNFPA Deploys Hepatitis B Vaccine to GBV One-stop Centers
  • Liberian Youth Engage Political Parties
  • MoH & UNFPA Train gCHVs
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This e-newsletter presents the highlights of the High-level Symposium on Demographic Dividend and Africa’s Development.
The Symposium provided space to share knowledge and experiences, networking and constructive exchanges among high-level eminent person and opinion leaders, policy makers and the participants. Most noteworthy is the inter-generational dialogue that took place during the symposium between young people and the high-level policy makers and opinion leaders, which allowed them to share their concerns with the eminent personalities who will hopefully influence policies and decisions that will translate to more strategic investments in young people to harness demographic dividend in Africa. 
The Symposium brought together high-level opinion leaders and policy makers across Africa, including five former Heads of State and Government (H.E. Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, H.E. Karl Auguste Offmann of Mauritius, H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza of Mozambique, H.E. General/Dr. Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria, H.E. Aminata Toure of Senegal), Prime Minister of Senegal (H.E. Mohammad Boune Abdallah Dionne), representative of the President of the Organization of African First Ladies, His Royal Highness (HRH) Yahaya Haliru, the Emir of Shonga (Nigeria), 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and SDGs Advocate Leymah Gbowee and several distinguished researchers youth leaders and Ministers. 

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These are the conclusions of the High-level Symposium on Demographic Dividend and Africa’s Development.
The Symposium provided space to share knowledge and experiences, networking and constructive exchanges among high-level eminent person and opinion leaders, policy makers and the participants. Most noteworthy is the inter-generational dialogue that took place during the symposium between young people and the high-level policy makers and opinion leaders, which allowed them to share their concerns with the eminent personalities who will hopefully influence policies and decisions that will translate to more strategic investments in young people to harness demographic dividend in Africa. 
The Symposium brought together high-level opinion leaders and policy makers across Africa, including five former Heads of State and Government (H.E. Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, H.E. Karl Auguste Offmann of Mauritius, H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza of Mozambique, H.E. General/Dr. Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria, H.E. Aminata Toure of Senegal), Prime Minister of Senegal (H.E. Mohammad Boune Abdallah Dionne), representative of the President of the Organization of African First Ladies, His Royal Highness (HRH) Yahaya Haliru, the Emir of Shonga (Nigeria), 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and SDGs Advocate Leymah Gbowee and several distinguished researchers youth leaders and Ministers. 

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In this brochure, we share some of our recent experiences, for the consideration of others who wish to promote the ambitious integration framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and the aspirations of Agenda 2063 through broad-based multi-stakeholder partnerships to support country-led and country-owned initiatives across many sectors. By walking the talk, our actions have sought to address the pressing need for implementation capacity development and have strengthened local institutions to handle their own issues in their own way and to leverage their own local experts, leaders and communities. Pursuit of the demographic dividend is a powerful pathway to realizing the future we want for Africa.
 
One of the ways UNFPA is taking action to help accelerate planning and targeted investments leading to the demographic dividend is by working with the Centre for Economics and Applied Finance Research at the University of Thiés (CREFAT) to advance the National Transfer Accounts methodology across West and Central Africa. This is an analytical method that informs planning and policies by focusing on the influence of population growth and changing age structure on economic growth, gender and generational equity, public finances, and other important features of a country’s economy.
 

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Readers of this issue of the UNFPA-Ghana Newsletter will find that the stories and articles therein reinforce the point that in the context of the SDGs, advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH&R) can no longer be done in the business-as-usual mode.
They highlight ongoing efforts with our partners to do things differently and to bring some innovation even to the ostensibly tried and tested approaches like policy dialogue, capacity building, agenda setting conferences and workshops, and action-oriented stakeholder engagement.

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