KCNA hails UNPF cooperation

According to KCNA:

Int’l Cooperation Strengthened in Population Work

Pyongyang, July 10 (KCNA) — Twenty-five years has elapsed since the cooperation between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) was started.

The DPRK government concluded an agreement with the UNPF in Juche 74 (1985) and has conducted various activities to improve the population work.

From 1986 the UNPF has cooperated with the DPRK in the population work such as training of experts, building of material foundations, census of population and improvement of the women’s health.

In cooperation with the UNPF, the DPRK government conducted the first nationwide census in 1993 and the second in 2008 in a scientific way suitable to the international standard.

The government has also successfully finished the survey of the pregnant women’s mortality and health, one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The results of the survey have served as basic data in working out national economic growth plan and public health plan in a scientific way.

On the occasion of the World Population Day (July 11), Yang Song Il, a section chief of the Population Centre of the DPRK, told KCNA that the 2007-2010 fourth cooperation plan between the UNPF and the DPRK will be finished and the 2011-2013 fifth cooperation plan will be worked out this year.

He said, “We will continue surveys in different fields to make a scientific contribution to the development of national economy and public health and work hard to implement the action programme of the International Conference on Population and Developmentand attain the MDG, further strengthening cooperation with international organizations, including the UNPF”.

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