Ensure reproductive health rights for all on World Population Day: UN chief

In his message for World Population Day, observed on Sunday, the UN chief António Guterres called for closing gaps in access to sexual and reproductive health services which the crisis has created.

Last week, the global death toll due to COVID-19 officially surpassed four million. “In addition to the millions of lives tragically lost, there has been a less visible toll:  a shocking rise in domestic violence as women were forced into isolation with their abusers; empty maternity wards as women postponed motherhood; and unintended pregnancies due to curtailed access to contraceptive services,” said the Secretary-General. More