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Ending Child Marriage in South Asia

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Child marriage and its drivers are complex and vary within and across countries. Child marriage may be arranged or adolescents themselves may decide to marry before their 18th birthday. It may be a way to unite families, perceived as necessary to secure a girl’s future and safety, a way to protect a girl’s innocence and reputation, and exemplify a boy’s manliness and readiness for adult responsibilities. Whether by choice or coercion, marrying as a child can result in health concerns, remove children from their protective environment, deter them from getting an education, and force them into adult roles such as looking after a household, raising a family, and entering into the labour force.

This report reviews recent evidence on child marriage in South Asia, including the influence of gender norms, economics and societal expectations on child marriage, as well as the relationship between child marriage and health, education, violence and policies and laws. The synthesis of the latest evidence and implications for programming is crucial in ensuring effective programme interventions.

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Brochure: Sustainable Development, Rights and Changing Demography

Fact Sheet

This flagship report for ICPD25 examines the interplay between sustainable development, rights and changing demography and how this impacts the ability of governments, civil society and other stakeholders to achieve the vision set forth in Cairo and reaffirmed at the Midterm Review of the Asia Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development.

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Sustainable Development, Rights and Changing Demography

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This flagship report for ICPD25 examines the interplay between sustainable development, rights and changing demography and how this impacts the ability of governments, civil society and other stakeholders to achieve the vision set forth in Cairo and reaffirmed at the Midterm Review of the Asia Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development.  

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Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Technical Reports and Document

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world and home to a number of long-running conflicts. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the centre of humanitarian response. This publication shares examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.

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Pre-positioning life-saving supplies to improve disaster preparedness

Technical Reports and Document

Prepositioning has been a game-changer for UNFPA's humanitarian work across the Asia-Pacific region, improving the speed, quality and efficiency of emergency responses. This publication provides an overview of the Regional Prepositioning Initiative, UNFPA's flagship humanitarian preparedness initiative supported by Australia. 

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Pakistan Family Planning Cost Benefit Analysis

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The promotion of voluntary family planning services can have powerful impacts on the development of a country, kick-starting the shifts and changes needed to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend and improving considerably the health of women and their children. In this policy brief, we provide estimates to guide the Government of Pakistan on the investments in family planning needed to achieve higher rates of contraceptive prevalence, and we estimate the health and economic returns that such investments would yield for the period 2019-2025 in terms of averted healthcare costs and net savings for the national authorities in the country.

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Asia-Pacific Highlights 2018

Annual Report

In 2018,  our regional and country programmes in Asia-Pacific UNFPA continued to accelerate the ICPD Programme of Action which in turn contributes to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Project Overview - kNOwVAWdata

Fact Sheet

An overview of the kNOwVAWdata initiative, which sustainably supports and strengthens regional and national capacity to measure violence against women prevalence.

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State of World Population Report 2019: Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All

State of World Population Report

Reproductive rights and choices have become a reality for more women than ever. But we cannot be complacent: rights are still out of reach for too many women. Our challenge is to finish the unfinished business of guaranteeing rights and choices for all. Read our latest State of the World Population report 2019, published in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of UNFPA's founding and the 25th anniversary of the revolutionary Programme of Action forged at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. 

 

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Afghanistan Family Planning Cost Benefit Analysis

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Promoting voluntary family planning services can have powerful impacts on the development of Afghanistan, kickstarting the shifts and changes needed to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend and considerably improving the health of women and their children
throughout the country. By reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, voluntary family planning not only decreases the number of health services required for each pregnancy but also lowers the risks of maternal and neonatal morbidities. This greatly reduces the healthcare costs associated with the provision of such services for the public health sector. In this policy brief, we provide estimates to guide the Government of Afghanistan on the investments in family planning commodities and services needed to achieve those higher rates of contraceptive prevalence by 2030.

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