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Everyone Counts: Quality Data Essential to Improving People's Lives, Says UNFPA
Date:7/9/2010

World Population Day 2010

United Nations (Vocus) July 10, 2010 -- Reliable information is essential for governments to formulate policies that would meet people’s needs and improve their lives, according to Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. “With quality data, we can better track and make greater progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and promote and protect the dignity and human rights of all people,” she said in her statement for World Population Day, which falls on Sunday, 11 July.

‘Everyone counts,’ the theme of this year’s Day, highlights the compelling stories that numbers tell us about people, said Ms. Obaid. “On this World Population Day,” she added, “UNFPA asserts the right of everyone to be counted, especially women, girls, the poor and marginalized.”

In a separate message, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that access to good data is a component of good governance, transparency and accountability. “This year, some 60 countries are collecting data and counting people as part of the 2
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