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This brochure provides brief introduction of UNFPA in Asia and the Pacific (APRO), and its priorities – including safe motherhood, family planning, HIV prevention, adolescents’ health, women’s rights, and data for development – to support the attainment of the eight MDGs.

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Asia has an enormous population of young people, with some 850 million between the ages of 10-24. There is great diversity among these groups, and they face significant social, cultural and political barriers to participating in the HIV response. In addition, despite the critical role that young people can play in developing policies, there are few youth-led initiatives helping foster youth leadership.

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This report of the Solomon Islands Family Health and Safety Study analyzes data from the first nationally representative research on violence against women and children in the Solomon Islands.

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There are approximately 450 million young people in the Asia-Pacific region, with only few of them able to receive reproductive health services. This leaves them potentially vulnerable to coercion, abuse and exploitation, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Denying young people of reproductive health services and education is a violation of young people’s human rights.

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The International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) is a biennial congress which brings together people from various backgrounds in the Asia-Pacific region to meet and share knowledge, skills, ideas, and research findings related to HIV.

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The 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) gathered nearly 1,000 participants from around the world to look at the progress and the ongoing challenges in family planning, maternal health, AIDS prevention and women’s empowerment.  APCRSHR participants agreed to Beijing's Call to Action which outlines the priorities that must be addressed to achieve the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) by 2015.

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Fifteen years ago, the world came together at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, and agreed by consensus on a 20-year Programme of Action that integrated a comprehensive range of population, development and human rights issues – necessary for ensuring that each person lives a healthy and dignified life.

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Based on the inputs from a regional review organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in March 2009, this report reviews the progress achieved after 15 years of implementing the Programme of Action agreed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

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During the 1950s and 1960s, most less developed countries were characterized by high fertility levels. Recognizing this, governments undertook sustained measures to promote family planning and provide better access to quality health services. As a result, fertility levels declined while life expectancy improved.

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The Asia and the Pacific region is home to nearly 3.7 billion people, which amounts to about  60 percent of the world's total population. While the region has made significant progress in reducing hunger and extreme deprivation;  in expanding access to basic services, health and education; and in promoting economic growth and food security; the region is still characterized by gross disparities and stark contrasts. This document provides a brief on UNFPA's regional programme for Asia and the Pacific, including country profiles, and indicators on population and reproductive health.

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