New UNFPA Director talks in Canberra
Dr Natalia Kanem toured the Pacific region in the lead up to the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, held in November 2019. Dr Kanem met with APGPD members and representatives from the International SRHR Consortium (a collection of agencies working on maternal health in development settings). This was a great opportunity to learn more about the work of UNFPA and current challenges for SRHR in the region.
Dr Kanem also delivered the 2019 Mitchell Oration at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Dr Kanem discussed the remarkable gains in sexual and reproductive health and rights since 1969, pointing to the remaining economic, social, institutional and other barriers that prevent women, girls and young people from making their own decisions and fulfilling their potential.