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To amplify the voice of African youth on their way to the Nairobi Summit on CIPD25, members of the African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development of West and Central (AfriYAN), benefiting from the tireless support of the Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund, have largely consulted amongst themselves and issued a Declaration.


How to transform population growth into an economic opportunity in West and Central Africa? In this region with the highest fertility rates in the world, UNFPA is rolling out its 2018-2021 strategic plan to harness the demographic dividend.


At the age of 11, Mariama is one of the leading figures in the fight against early marriage and pregnancy, female genital mutilation and other gender-based violence in Senegal. She is the president of the local Girls' Leaders Club, an initiative developed in 2014 and which led to the ‘New Deal’; a pact between clubs, parents, sponsors and neighbourhood godparents to achieve zero pregnancies and to encourage the retention of young girls in school.


In Mauritania, actors on the ground are fighting fistula, female genital mutilation and child marriage. However, as elsewhere on the continent, much remains to be done to achieve the three transformative results: zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal death and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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Je marche pour la Jeunesse to #PutYoungPeopleFirst, pour la capture du #DividendeDémographique, pour l'atteinte des 3 résultats transformateurs de l'UNFPA 0 décès maternels, 0 Violences basées sur le genre, 0 besoins non satisfaits en Planification Familiale 

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POPULATION D'AFRIQUE N°6 : A 11 ans déjà, Mariama est l’une des figures de proue de la lutte contre les mariages et grossesses précoces, les mutilations génitales féminines et autres violences basées sur le genre au Sénégal. Elle est la présidente du ‘‘Club de jeunes filles leaders’’ de sa localité, une initiative développée en 2014 et à l’origine du « New Deal » ; un pacte entre clubs, parents, parrains et marraines de quartier pour obtenir zéro grossesse et favoriser le maintien des jeunes filles à l’école.


Cette publication, répond au désir d’atteindre les 17 Objectifs de développement durable (ODD), adoptés par les dirigeants du monde, lors du Sommet historique des Nations Unies en 2015, notamment l’ODD 17 : « Renforcer les moyens de mettre en œuvre le partenariat mondial pour le développement et le revitaliser ».

La publication est préfacée conjointement par S.E M. Mahamadou Issoufou, Président de la République du Niger et par Mme Amina J. Mohammed, Vice-Secrétaire générale des Nations Unies. Ils ont mis en évidence les efforts de l’UNFPA et ses nombreux partenaires pour mettre en œuvre l'ODD 17 en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre.


The official visit of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem was marked by her participation in the "25 Hours of Dakar", organized by AfriYAN, the African network of youth and adolescents in population and development with the presence of delegates from the 23 countries of West and Central Africa.

This event was an opportunity for young people in Africa to speak with one voice, in the run-up to the Nairobi Summit scheduled for 12-14 November 2019, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

The young people delivered the Dakar Declaration, inviting the Executive Director to convey their message to the Heads of State and world leaders at the upcoming Nairobi Summit, from 12 to 14 November 2019, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ICPD. The Executive Director promised that their messages would be delivered.


In her maiden visit to Niamey, Niger, from 5 to 8 July UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem addressed African leaders at a State dinner hosted by President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger. The African Union (AU) leaders were in Niger for a mid-year coordination meeting, as well as an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government that officially launched the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).


During her address, she reported on the progress made 25 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), was adopted in Cairo in 1994. She assessed the gaps and challenges, and invited the African leaders to recommit efforts aimed at accelerating the promise of availing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights to millions of women and girls.


The UNFPA Executive Director also participated in a roundtable conference aimed at mobilizing resources for the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend (SWEDD) project, as well as in in a high-level meeting on the elimination of child marriage and the promotion of girls' schooling in West Africa. Both activities were attended by President Mahamadou Issoufou, African First Ladies, Technical and Financial Partners, CEOs and NGOs, who reaffirmed their commitment to invest more in favor of women and girls to accelerate growth in Africa.


Dr. Natalia Kamem visited some UNFPA projects in the field and had discussions with beneficiaries and Staff of UNFPA in Niger.