Malala Day celebrated at the UN

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Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban just for going to school, addressed hundreds of young people on the 12th of July at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who dubbed the day – Yousafzai’s 16th birthday – ‘Malala Day’ in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for all, urged the UN Youth Assembly to remain active and connected.

Adolescent pregnancy focus of World Population Day (11 July)

Mother holding her baby

Of the estimated 16 million teenage girls who give birth each year, far too many die from complications related to pregnancy or child birth, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Adolescent pregnancy was the focus of this year’s World Population Day, observed on 11 July, and the agency is urging countries to invest in girls’ education and health so that they can have a shot at a better future. Dianne Penn spoke to Richard Kollodge, editor of UNFPA’s annual State of World Population Report. He explains why adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue but also development.

Registering births in Nigeria

Registrar with mother

UNICEF estimates that Nigeria will have the highest absolute rise in child population by 2025. To account for this rapidly growing population and address challenges associated with getting children registered, the Government, with the support of UNICEF and partners, has established a monitoring and evaluation system called RapidSMS. This procedure provides a clearer picture of the birth registration system, where problems are and how they can be solved, which ultimately translates into more children being able to access their right to a birth certificate.

Presenter: Gerry Adams

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