The United Nations Population Fund has unveiled the 2016 report on the State of the World Population for 2016.
The Executive Director, UNFPA, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, on Thursday said the purpose of the report is to enlighten the public on critical issues on population, family planning and sustainable development.
Osotimehin added that the report would enhance advocacy for improved legislative, policy and programmatic actions on reproductive health, including family planning and young peoples’ issues in Nigeria.
The theme of the 2016 SWOP report is “Investing in supporting 10-Year-Old Girls: What Is at Stake’’.
He said the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the world’s blueprint for equitable, inclusive development that leaves no one behind.
He said, “This 15-year plan promises to help transform the future of millions of 10-year-old girls who have traditionally been left behind.
“Many of the Sustainable Development Goals may only be achieved if everyone’s potential, including those of all 10-year-old girls are realised.
“Chief among the Goals is a vision for a world without poverty.
“Countries cannot end poverty if girls are unable to make a safe and healthy transition from adolescence to adulthood and become productive members of their communities and nations.”
The official launch of the report in Nigeria would be held on Oct. 25, in Abuja.