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Annual Report

The year 2019 was a special one for UNFPA as we marked the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo and 50 years of UNFPA! This double anniversary created a platform to spotlight sexual and reproductive health and rights as the world reflected on the progress towards the fulfilment of the Cairo Promise.. In 1994, at the ICPD conference – crucial resolutions were made to ensure there was improved access to sexual and reproductive health services. The Programme of Action (POA) recognised that reproductive health and rights, as well as women's empowerment and gender equality, are the cornerstones of development. This conference is what has continued to drive UNFPA's work over the years.

In Botswana, UNFPA has through various strategic partnerships contributed to the results and achievements detailed in this 2019 annual report. We will carry these partnerships forward in 2020 and beyond to ensure universal access to sexual reproductive health services. Although progress was recorded in 2019 – there is still a lot of unfinished business in various areas that requires our collective action to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health.

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2021 Population & Housing Census Project Document

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Since independence in 1966, Botswana has successfully conducted decennial censuses from 1971 through 2011. The country’s political stability and economic resilience have been supportive of the census exercise and the results which have not had any major shortcomings.  In a significant move within the context of regional integration, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) decided to harmonize the census process of its member states from the 2000 round of censuses. Botswana has responded positively, from the 2001 census and beyond to this regional requirement. The 2001 census, being the country’s fourth census since independence was the first in the edition of the SADC-wide rounds of censuses.

Statistics Botswana in collaboration with, and support from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), embarked on the development of a comprehensive Census Project Document (CPD) that will guide the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) undertaking.

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COVID-19 Key Messages Booklet

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and continues to wreak havoc in our world. This booklet is a compilation of key messages from UN agencies, the Government of Botswana and Ministry of Health and Wellness, contextualized to suit the local context.  The purpose is to use this booklet to increase public understanding of COVID-19,  including efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and secure sexual and reproductive health and rights.
 

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Against My Will

State of World Population Report

Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are subjected to practices that harm them physically or psychologically, or both, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities.

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COVID-19: Working with and for young people

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This guidance note is meant to assist humanitarian actors, youth-led organizations, and young people themselves across sectors, working at local, country, regional, and global levels in their response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It begins diagnostically, exploring the impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on young people. It then proposes a series of actions that practitioners and young people can take to ensure that COVID-19 preparedness, response plans and actions, are youth-inclusive and youth-focused – with and for young people. Recommendations are structured around the five key actions of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action: services, participation, capacity, resources, and data. Where available, the recommended actions are accompanied by resources and concrete examples, which can inform approaches and support implementation. The Compact will iteratively update this document as the pandemic unfolds in the coming weeks and months.

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Botswana's ICPD25 Commitment Booklet

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The year 2019 was a special one for UNFPA as we marked the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, and 50 years of UNFPA! The ICPD25 Conference discussed the unfinished business of the ICPD, marking 25 years since I79 countries, including Botswana, adopted the Programme of Action that recognised the relationships between population, development and individual well-being. For Botswana, the 2019 Nairobi Summit  mapped out a new 10-year vision, with fresh commitments on sustainable development. The leader of the Botswana delegation, Mr. Richard Matlhare- Coordinator of National AIDS and Health Promotion Agency shared Botswana’'s 4 commitments for the ICPD25 as highlighted in the Commitment Booklet.

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response: Gender Equality and Addressing Gender-based Violence (GBV)

Technical Reports and Document

The pandemic will compound existing gender inequalities, and increase risks of gender-based violence. The protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls should be prioritized.

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Maternal and Newborn Health & COVID-19

Technical Reports and Document

There is no current evidence of adverse effects on pregnant women from COVID-19. The physical and immune system changes that occur during and after pregnancy should however be taken into account. It is critical that all women have access to safe birth, the continuum of antenatal and postnatal care, including screening tests according to national guidelines and standards, especially in epicenters of the pandemic, where access to services for pregnant women, women in labour and delivery, and lactating women is negatively impacted. • Keep the health system functioning: Maintain sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services, protect health workers and limit spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19: A Gender Lens

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Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men.

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Republic of Botswana: Facts and Prospects

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One of the world’s poorest countries at independence in 1966, Botswana rapidly transformed into an upper middle-income country, enabled by significant mineral wealth, good governance, prudent economic management, and a relatively small population. However, the country is still characterized by development inequalities that require attention to ensure prosperity for all.

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