The world's population will top seven billion people in 31 October 2011. This unique moment in human history represents both an achievement and a challenge, and will have an impact on every single person on the planet, particularly in the developing countries of Asia.


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Efforts are under way to make childbirth safer in Bangladesh, by training midwives, upgrading facilities and providing lifesaving care closer to where women live. Empowering women to use the services is another challenge.


UNFPA puts every effort into breaking the silence and ensuring that the voices of women are heard. One strategy is to engage men -- policy makers, parents and young boys -- in discourse about the dynamics and consequences of violence. Video: UNFPA Viet Nam


In Nepal, UNFPA and the Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) are providing treatment for women suffering from obstetric fistula and spreading the word that this debilitating injury can, in most cases, be prevented by avoiding early pregnancy and childbirth and giving birth with a skilled attendant. Video: UNFPA Nepal and WOREC


UNFPA provides relief efforts to assist storm survivors in Northern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas regions in southern Philippines. Video: UNFPA Philippines


While half of all Nepali girls are married before 18 and denied an education, a growing number, informed of their rights, are resisting child marriage.


After a long preparatory process, the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) of Afghanistan has begun a large-scale survey starting with the Bamiyan province. Video: UNFPA Afghanistan


Asia-Pacific Regional Director Nobuko Horibe addresses the closing ceremony of the ICPD Global Youth Forum 2012. The Forum generated recommendations on health, education, employment, families, youth rights, civic participation, well-being including sexuality and called upon the United Nations to "urgently appoint a Special Advisor on Youth who is a young person".