“We must ensure that, in areas of the world where population is growing fast, we raise the status of women and young girls to be able to access education and make choices for themselves. We also owe it to the 215 million women worldwide who require family planning
Osotimehin’s remarks reflect the importance that UNFPA is giving towards strengthening reproductive health programmes across the developing world. Supporting this mission is an ongoing UNFPA initiative to develop a comprehensive global database around issues related to reproductive health: MDG 5b+ Info
Deriving its name from the fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and target 5b calling for universal access to reproductive health, MDG 5b+ Info is a UNFPA initiative designed to track global progress towards achieving this specific MDG target as well as priority indicators of the agency. This includes a focus on reproductive health indicators at the global, national and sub-national levels. Built on the UN-endorsed DevInfo platform, the database combines the latest relevant household survey data with international data on sexual and reproductive health indicators and other MDG indicators.
Additionally, this tool has been introduced in multiple training workshops in South Africa, Egypt, Thailand and the United States as a resource to help global, regional, and national decision-makers identify coverage gaps and develop data-driven interventions to support wider access to reproductive health.
Overall, the MDG5b+Info database is the corporate data repository used by UNFPA at the global, regional and country levels, to facilitate the understanding of International Conference on Population and Development and MDG issues and to develop policies and programmes required to obtain the desired goals.
With MDG 5b+Info in place, UNFPA officials and their national partners are much better positioned with data to respond to the needs of world’s 7 billion.
For more information, please contact Edilberto Loaiza, Senior Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, UNFPA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 “As World Passes 7 Billion Milestone, UN Urges Action to Meet Key Challenges,” 31 October 2011, website of UNFPA,http://www.unfpa.org/public/cache/offonce/home/news/pid/8769;