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UNFPA celebrates its 50th anniversary: A successful mobilization for the launch of the State of World Population Report 2019

12 septembre 2019
Mr. BOUNDA, UNFPA Comoros Country Director, presented SWOP 2019 to Ms. Loub Yacout ZAIDOU, Minister of Health, in the presence of more than half of the members of the Government, the Grand Moufti, the UN RC and the Governor of Ngazidja.
Mr. BOUNDA, UNFPA Comoros Country Director, presented SWOP 2019 to Ms. Loub Yacout ZAIDOU, Minister of Health, in the presence of more than half of the members of the Government, the Grand Moufti, the UN RC and the Governor of Ngazidja.

UNFPA celebrates its 50th anniversary: A successful mobilization for the launch of the State of World Population Report 2019

The Government of the Union of the Comoros through the Ministry of Health, Solidarity, Social Protection and Gender Promotion organized, in partnership with UNFPA, the official launch ceremony of the State of the World Population Report 2019 at the Retaj Hotel on 08 August 2019.

It was in the presence of members of the government, members of parliament, the diplomatic corps, the Grand Moufti, the Prefect of the Centre, mayors, representatives of the United Nations system, and associations of young people and women that UNFPA Country Director Constant-Serge Bounda officially presented SWOP2019 to Ms Loub Yacout Zaidou, Minister of Health representing the President of the Union of the Comoros.

This ceremony to launch SWOP 2019 has a particular focus because it is coupled with the commemoration of UNFPA's 50th anniversary and the twenty-five (25) years of the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)'s action Program, adopted in September 1994 in Cairo, Egypt.

The theme of the report, "An Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All", received much more public attention.

This report shows the challenges women face in exercising their reproductive choices and rights since 1969 and also highlights how UNFPA and the international community have helped to build a consensus on population and development. Indeed, during the ICPD, global leaders articulated a bold vision for the relationship between population, development and individual well-being.

Mr. Serge BOUNDA highlighted the importance of UNFPA's work in support of the Government of the Union of the Comoros in favor of the population, particularly women and youth, since the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994.

He also took the opportunity to draw everyone's attention to the need to continue and accelerate the implementation of the Action Program by guaranteeing universal access to reproductive health.

For her part, the Minister did not fail to highlight UNFPA's efforts to help the most vulnerable people, especially women and young people. "Thanks to UNFPA's programs, women have begun to have fewer children in the Comoros," she said.

"In the Comoros, at the first general population and housing census conducted in 1980, the fertility rate was 7.1 children per woman. With successive population growth control programs implemented by the Government with UNFPA support, fertility levels have declined by nearly 40% in 3 decades, estimated at 4.3 children per woman in 2012" she added.

Ms. Loub Yacout Zaidou believes that the low contraceptive prevalence rate would increase the risk of maternal death and unsafe abortions.  Despite the availability of contraceptive products in health facilities, women and girls do not use enough modern contraceptive methods.

"This 2019 State of World Population Report is a strong reminder that the time has not come to stick to what has been achieved. For this reason, our Government will take ownership of it so that the teachings contained therein may be to play a fundamental role in the achievement of our development objectives," she concluded.

Before that, His Imminence, the Grand Moufti made it clear that the Muslim religion values and protects women, girls and the most vulnerable.  "The issue of birth spacing is not contrary to Islam," he said.

 

At the end of the ceremony, the President received in audience the UNFPA Country Director in the Presidency of Beit-Salam to congratulate him on the successful launch of the report.

After a very friendly discussion on issues related to gender promotion and the reduction of maternal mortality, the President committed himself to take into account the recommendations of this report and to take ownership of it.