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State of World Population Reports
Generation of Change: Young People and Culture
Youth Supplement: State of World Population 2008
This Youth Supplement to UNFPA's State of the World Population 2008 focuses on the interactions among culture, gender and human rights and the critical importance of culturally sensitive approaches for effective development policies and programmes. The report, which is the third in a series, addresses culture as it shapes and nurtures the lives of young people and shows how young people develop their own subcultures, which are often different from and may conflict with the dominant culture.

State of World Population 2008
Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights
Culture is and always has been central to development. As a natural and fundamental dimension of people's lives, culture must be integrated into development policy and programming. This report shows how this process works in practice. The starting point of the report is the universal validity of the international human rights framework. The focus is therefore on discussing and showcasing how culturally sensitive approaches are critical for the realization of human rights in general and women's rights in particular.

Growing Up Urban
State of World Population 2007: Youth Supplement

This is the second edition of the Youth Supplement to UNFPA’s State of World Population. The 2007 report focuses on urbanization; the Youth Supplement addresses the challenges and promises of urbanization as they affect young people. In 2008, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population will live in urban areas, and the number and proportion of urban young people is increasing dramatically. Most will be born into poor families, where fertility tends to be higher.
State of World Population 2007
Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth

In 2008, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. By 2030, towns and cities will be home to almost 5 billion people. The urban population of Africa and Asia will double in less than a generation. This unprecedented shift could enhance development and promote sustainability—or it could deepen poverty and accelerate environmental degradation. The 2007 State of World Population report outlines the challenges and opportunities presented by the coming, inevitable urban growth. It also dispels many misconceptions about urbanization and calls on policymakers to take concerted, proactive steps to harness the potential of cities to improve the lives of all.
Moving Young
State of World Population 2006: Youth Supplement

This report explores the lives of young women and young men who have ventured into new lands to chase their dreams or to escape oppression, war, poverty or misfortune. It profiles the lives of young women and men from ten countries – Burkina Faso, Colombia, India, Kenya, Liberia, Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Suriname and Zambia. Some have never migrated, but their lives are marked by the experiences of spouses or relatives who have moved abroad. They were interviewed by journalists Martin Caparros and Shyamala Shiveshwarkar in their countries of origin or destination.
State of World Population 2006
A Passage to Hope: Women and International Migration

Today, half of all international migrants—95 million—are women and girls. Yet, despite substantial contributions to both their families at home and communities abroad, the needs of migrant women continue to be overlooked and ignored. The State of World Population 2006 report, A Passage to Hope: Women and International Migration, examines the scope and breadth of female migration, the impact of the funds they send home to support families and communities, and their disproportionate vulnerability to trafficking, exploitation and abuse. The report reveals that although migrant women contribute billions of dollars in cash and services, policymakers continue to disregard both their contributions and their vulnerability—even though female migrants tend to send a much higher proportion of their lower earnings back home than their male counterparts.
State of World Population 2005
The Promise of Equality: Gender Equity, Reproductive Health and the Millennium Development Goals

How do we improve the lives of the nearly 3 billion individuals living on less than two dollars a day? How can we enable all individuals — male and female, young and old — to protect themselves from HIV? To save the lives of more than 500,000 women who die each year in childbirth? What will it take to show young people living in poverty that they have a stake in development and a hope for the future?
State of World Population 2004
The Cairo Consensus at Ten: Population, Reproductive Health and The Global Effort to End Poverty

This year's report, The Cairo Consensus at Ten: Population, Reproductive Health and the Global Effort to End Poverty, examines the progress countries have made and the obstacles they have encountered at the halfway point in implementing the ICPD plan.
State of World Population 2003
Making 1 Billion Count: Investing in Adolescents' Health and Rights

Some 1.2 billion people--one person in five--are between ages 10 and 19, the largest number of adolescents in history. Half of them are poor; one in four live in extreme poverty, on less than $1 a day. This year's State of the World Population report examines their condition, in the context of changing social norms and lifestyles, including weakening of family support systems, amid globalization and urbanization. The report provides country-specific examples of projects that combine life skills education, including sexuality education, and peer counselling with access to services and points out the high costs and social consequences of failing to adequately meet adolescents' reproductive health and rights.
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State of World Population 2002
People, Poverty and Possibilities

Attacking poverty directly, as a matter of human rights, to accelerate development and to reduce inequality within and among nations, has become an urgent global priority. World leaders have agreed on a variety of new initiatives, including the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year's State of the World Population report is a contribution to the discussion and a guide to action. This publication characterizes poverty by reviewing its many dimensions and looks at several of the key issues including, poverty and gender, poverty and health and poverty and education. It outlines a framework and provides recommendations to meet the poverty eradication goal of reducing the number of poor in half, by 2015. This publication comes complete with expert analysis, prescriptions for the future and a wealth of statistics, graphs and indicators.
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State of World Population 2001
Footprints and Milestones: Population and Environmental Change.

Human activity is altering the planet on an unprecedented scale, the report points out. More people are using more resources with more intensity and leaving a bigger "footprint" on the earth than ever before. The report examines the close links between environmental conditions, population trends, and prospects for alleviating poverty in developing countries. It finds that expanding women's opportunities and ensuring their reproductive health and rights are critically important, both to improve the well-being of growing human populations and to protect the natural world.
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State of World Population 2000
Lives Together, Worlds Apart: Men and Women in a Time of Change

The report examines a broad range of evidence from around the world showing that systematic discrimination against women and girls causes extensive suffering and lost opportunities for both women and men, and holds back efforts to reduce poverty, improve health, stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and slow rapid population growth.
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tate of World Population 1999
6 Billion: A Time for Choices

Women are having fewer children than ever before, and population growth has slowed from 2.0 to 1.3 per cent in 30 years. But large families in the recent past mean that there are many more women of childbearing age. Global population is still rising by about 78 million people a year. Half the world is under 25 and there are over a billion young people between 15 and 24, the parents of the next generation.
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State of World Population 1998
The New Generations

More young people than ever are entering their childbearing and working years. At the same time, the number and proportion of people over age 65 are increasing at an unprecedented rate. Our future will be shaped by how well families and societies meet the needs of these growing "new generations": education and health -- including reproductive health -- for the young, and social, medical and financial support for the elderly.
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State of World Population 1997
The Right to Choose: Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health

Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health gaps and failures in reproductive health care result in millions of deaths and permanent injuries, mostly to women in developing countries. The State of World Population 1997 report details progress and problems in attaining the right to reproductive and sexual health, and related rights to sexual and reproductive self-determination and security. It reviews the international human rights agreements that define and protect these rights, and examines the effects of denying them to millions of women and men.
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State of World Population 1996
Changing Places: Population, Development and the Urban Future

Within ten years, more than half the people in the world will be living in cities. Most of the urban population increase will be in developing countries. Investment in social development--in health, education and a better life for women--will be the key to whether urbanization will improve the lives of people or increase human misery.
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