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GENEVA (3 October 2011) - "Not much to celebrate on World Habitat Day, when close to a third of the global population continues to live in slums and unplanned settlements, often located in areas exposed to serious environmental risks and hazards," said the UN Special Rapporteurs on Housing, Raquel Rolnik, and on Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani.
A ground-breaking resolution was adopted yesterday by the UN's Human Rights Council, in which States reaffirm their commitment to addressing the root causes of preventable maternal deaths and disability.
Humanity is surpassing nature's budget for the year, and is now operating in overdraft, according to Global Footprint Network calculations for 2011.
In a piece, published in the Lancet.com, UNFPA's Executive Director argues for greater investment in the health and education of young people, who now number some 1.8 billion, and comprise a powerful force for development.
A new report from the World Bank shows that economic development alone will not be enough to balance the scales to overcome gender equality.
A civil society declaration for Rio+20 was adopted this week, highlighting the significance of population dynamics to sustainable development and calling for increased efforts to ensure universal reproductive health.
A coalition of human rights groups and legal and medical experts has issued a call to lift a US policy banning abortion aid, which is applied to women raped during conflict.
The rapid growth of urban population - described as one of the worlds major demographic trends - has triggered an explosion of in Asia, Latin America and Africa, causing a breakdown in basic services, including water supplies and sanitation facilities.
Population growth and water stress are driving the earth to a food and environmental crunch that only better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem will avert, says a new UN report.
The latest edition of Science, a premier global science weekly with an estimated total readership of one million, is a special issue dedicated to population, with the editorial from UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.