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UNFPA Executive Director visits Lebanon: The Power of Change can change the World

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08 November 2018
UNFPA Executive Director visits Lebanon: The Power of Change can change the World
On Tuesday 30 October 2018, UNIC Beirut and UNFPA Lebanon organized a media briefing for visiting UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, who was on an official visit to Lebanon participating in the Arab Regional Conference on Population and Development.

The press briefing, which was attended by around 15 UN officials and journalists from 5 different media outlets in Lebanon and the region, encompassed a myriad of issues and facts related to population and demographic trends in the Arab region, including main findings of UNFPA’s 2018 state of world population report titled “The Power of Choice”. Kanem briefed media representatives about her mission to Lebanon, her meetings with Lebanese officials and field visits.

In her briefing, Kanem touched on the issue of refugees in Lebanon and the state of women and children, population policies and their role in achieving individual, family and community development. She emphasized the right of women and couples to make their own decisions regarding childbearing, spacing and number of children. “When they have the right and power to make their own choices, they tend to choose to establish smaller families,” she said. “We aim to make sure that every pregnancy is desirable, every birth is safe, and that young men and women in this region benefit from quality education and have the capacity to actively and positively participate in decisions that affect their lives, their country and society,” she added.

Kanem engaged in a vibrant discussion with the media representatives who were given exclusive opportunity to meet with her and discuss the issues of women, population and demographics.

UNFPA director finally reminded about UNFPA's main goal and role as to achieving zero deaths during childbirth and zero gender-based violence, including domestic violence. “Women must be safe and respectful,” she concluded.