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Fiji marks World Population Day

July 11, 2016 12:48 am

Investing in teenage girls is not only the right thing to do from a personal level as individuals, but it is also fundamentally, smart economics.

This ensures a country is benefiting fully from its human resources as a whole.

As the world commemorates 2016 World Population Day on today, the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, reiterates that while there have been major development milestones for Pacific nations in the last 20 years, there is much more needed to be done.

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UNFPA Pacific Director and Representative Dr Laurent Zessler says every teenage girl has the right to a safe and successful transition into adulthood and the right to embrace the opportunities that the future holds for them.

In Fiji, UNFPA is working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to finalize a Training Manual for Young People in Sexual Reproductive Health; this particular projects includes a Training for Trainers for those who will implement the Sexual Reproductive Health manual.

Tomorrow, the UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office will host students to an Inspirational Stories Collection gathering during which young men and women who have succeeded in their respective professional fields will share their journeys.

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