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TO END POVERTY,
Every day, vulnerable
women, especially those
who are poor and are
refugees, face social,
economic and geograph-
ic obstacles to voluntary
family planning services
Fifty years ago
today, the then-Sec-
retary-General of the
United Nations es-
tablished UNFPA, the
United Nations Popu-
lation Fund, as a trust
fund. And since 1969,
when UNFPA began operations, it has been helping
to remove obstacles to family planning and to enable
women to exercise their reproductive rights. UNFPA
contributed to a near doubling of modern contracep-
tive use worldwide, from 36 per cent in 1970 to 64
per cent in 2016.
Despite the dramatic progress, enormous challenges
remain: some 214 million women in developing coun-
tries lack safe and effective family planning methods.
Most of these women live in the 69 poorest coun-
tries. Fulfilling their unmet demand would save lives
by averting 67 million unintended pregnancies and
reducing by one third the estimated 303,000 annual
Investments in family planning help lead to pros-
perity for all.
Family planning, therefore, is critical to achieving
Sustainable Development Goal 1, to end poverty. It
is also key to achieving other goals, such as ending
hunger as well as promoting good health and gender
UNFPA has set an ambitious, transformative goal
to eliminate all unmet demand for family planning
by 2030. On this World Population Day, we call on all
governments and stakeholders to help achieve this
goal. UNFPA also calls on the 179 governments that
endorsed the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo
International Conference on Population and Develop-
ment to fulfil their commitments to achieve universal
access to sexual and reproductive health.
Dr Natalia Kanem
Acting Executive Director
UNFPA, the United
Nations Population Fund
WORLD POPULATION DAY---July 11
With a few days to go before
deadline, property tax form sub-
missions are still at a trickle and a
few people in some locations have
even asked to get back informa-
tion they've already submitted.
This was confirmed by senior
Valuation Division (Ministry of
Finance) officials yesterday as the
last week for submission of forms
by residential owners, gets under-
way. Deadline is Friday July 14.
Richie Ricardo If something is
voluntary, how could there be a
deadline attached to the same?
Darrel Mohan It's on a VOLUN-
TARY BASIS. So there's no penal-
ty. Come nah man.
Vishnu Ramdass Let dem go
check the meaning of voluntary!
Ryan Steinberg Jr I am not
filling any tax form. Anytime you
give voluntary info to the govern-
ment it cannot be challenged in
court because you submitted it
voluntarily. Be smart.
Susan Seales Give limited info.
Let them come and see. Then
again, hope they send the right
people. This can become very
Corporation moves to
'name and shame' errant
Describing the penalties for
illegally blocking watercourses as
laughable, chairman of the Siparia
Regional Corporation (SRC), Dr
Glenn Ramadharsingh said they
will be embarking on a "name and
shame" campaign against errant
Melina Hutchinson Careful
there now Glen, you could be
naming and shaming some of your
Amar Rambhajan So why can't
the fine be increased. Lets say
$500,000... let them laugh that
Bret victims get
More than 300 citizens from
across the country have benefited
from disaster relief after losses
incurred following the passage of
Tropical Storm Bret on June 19.
Margaret Kelly I think after
these cheque are handed out
remind the citizens to purchase
disaster insurance and so no more
money will be paid out.
Ravi N Vishmala Hajaree
Thanks for wisely using then tax
paying public money this time.
Gerald Mejias Which part of
the country got the most, North,
South, East or West? Just for the
Nerissa Dqueen As the rainy
season continues, I guess this will
Soldier held in Nikki
A soldier is among two people
arrested in connection with armed
robbery in which comedienne
Nikki Crosby and other custom-
ers were relieved of valuables at
Artie's Meats, Four Roads, Diego
Martin, on Saturday.
Carmen Maharaj Nowadays ppl
in uniform u can't even trust them.
Nimal Singh You can't trust
anyone now.....now even the ones
who are paid to protect us.
Cimberlee Main The Nikki
Crosby robbery? What about the
other people that were robbed at
the supermarket and the business
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Last week to submit
property tax forms
Members of the public line up at the Ministry of Finance's Valuation
Division at Palm's Club, San Fernando, in May. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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