Today marks the release of the United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) annual State of the World Population Report
. But the 2010 edition, “From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change,” is unlike those that have come before
. In lieu of the traditional statistic-driven report, this year’s edition has enlisted another tool to document living conditions across the world — storytelling. In addition to demographers, the UNFPA looked to journalists to fan out across the world to gather stories on the ground and paint a portrait of the challenges and opportunities facing today’s global population that goes beyond the numbers, with particular focus on gender issues and human insecurity.