A Tokyo-based group promoting family planning and maternal and child health has won the 2001 United Nations Population Award for contributions in the developing world and Japan.

Representatives from the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning will attend the awards ceremony at the U.N. headquarters in New York in June, officials of the nongovernmental organization said.

Established in 1968, the group has worked in population, reproductive health and family planning, women’s empowerment and related fields in collaboration with international agencies and organizations.

Other winners included Nafis Sadik, former executive director of the U.N. Population Fund, who received the individual award for heading the world’s largest source of multilateral assistance to population programs.

The U.N. gives the annual awards to individuals or institutions for outstanding contributions to increasing awareness of population problems and proposing feasible solutions.

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