Saturday, 25 November 2017

UNFPA launches 2017 State Of The World Population Report, Outlines 10 Action Steps for a More Equal world.

United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) officially launched the State of the world population (SWOP2017) yesterday 23rd November, 2017 at the Ladi Kwali Hall of Sheraton Hotel and Towers. The theme of this year’s report is "Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality and it is focused on making the case that while income inequality is in itself a serious problem that policymakers everywhere are seeking to rectify, other forms of inequality associated with income inequality also deserve the urgent attention of policymakers.

The event was well attended by dignitaries and stakeholders in the industry who took turns to give their good will messages. The actual review of the report was presented by Dr. Eugene Kongnyug who during his review took the audience through 10 action steps needed for a more equal world. Find that below after the cut…….


  1. Meet all commitments and obligations to human rights agreed in international treaties and conventions.
  2. Tear down barriers—whether discriminatory laws, norms or service gaps—that prevent adolescent girls and young women from accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services.
  3. Reach the poorest women with essential, life-saving antenatal and maternal health care.
  4. Meet all unmet need for family planning, prioritizing women in the poorest 40 per cent of households.
  5. Provide a universal social protection floor, offering basic income security and covering essential services, including maternity-related benefits and support.
  6. Bolster services such as childcare to enable women to enter or remain in the paid labour force.
  7. Adopt progressive policies aimed at accelerated income growth among the poorest 40 per cent, including through stepped-up human capital investments in girls and women.
  8. Eliminate economic, social and geographic obstacles to girls’ access to secondary and higher education, and to their enrolment in courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  9. Accelerate the transition from informal jobs to formal, decent work, focusing first on sectors with large concentrations of poor, female workers, and unblock women’s access to credit and property ownership.
  10. Work towards measuring all dimensions of inequality and how they influence each other, and strengthen links between data and public policy.

Towards the world we want
  • Inequality blocks the path to the world we want. It allows development to benefit some but not others, marginalizes some groups and individuals, and distorts political, social and economic relations. Inequalities lead to social and geographic clustering of privilege and deprivation.

  • When nations of the world came together in 2015 to chart the course towards sustainable development for the next 15 years, they committed to ending poverty and hunger everywhere, to combating inequalities within and among countries, and to building inclusive societies that leave no one behind. They pledged to “reach the furthest behind first.”

Prosperity for all
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals are grounded in principles of rights, fairness, inclusiveness and equality. Included in the global vision for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the notion of “shared prosperity” and “a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination ... and of equal opportunity permitting the full realization of human potential …”.

  • The 2030 Agenda has envisaged a better future. One where we collectively tear down the barriers and correct disparities, focusing on those left furthest behind. Reducing all inequalities needs to be the aim. Starting points may vary, but should be grounded in the notion that meaningful progress in one dimension can unleash multiple gains. In that respect, some of the most powerful contributions can come from realizing gender equality and women’s reproductive rights.

Realizing rights and ambitions
  • Expanding access to quality sexual and reproductive health services is only half of the solution. The other half depends on how well we deal with the other dimensions of inequality that hold women, particularly the poor, back from realizing their rights and ambitions, and living their lives on an equal footing to men.
Worsening inequality holds everyone back
  • Gaps in wealth have grown wide within most countries. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Inequality is often talked about as a lopsided distribution of wealth or income. However, it is a more complex phenomenon, reinforced by diverse forms of disparity—between the sexes, between races and ethnicities, and between urban and rural residents. Inequality has many facets, each a symptom—and cause—of some other inequality.
  • Multiple inequalities tend to feed on each other, locking people in a downward spiral of deprivation and lost human potential. Although some people have opportunities and abilities to interrupt this damaging trajectory, many do not have enough of one or the other, or both.

  • The long-term growth potential of developing countries is at stake when economic inequality is wide, even in countries where remarkable progress has been made in reducing the incidence of extreme poverty.

  • Conversely, narrowing inequality could boost economic growth and accelerate the reduction of poverty. Economic inequality has a negative impact on growth largely because it reduces people’s capacities and curbs opportunities of the poorest to build their human capital.

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