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UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Their mission is „todeliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every youngperson’s potential is fulfilled.” The organization was created in 1969 and is a subsidiaryorgan of the United Nations General Assembly. Also, UNFPA is one of four founding membersof the UN Development Group (UNDG), which was created by the Secretary General in 1997to improve coherence of UN development at the country level. Since the creation of theFund the world has seen progress: The number and rate of women dying from complicationsof pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are healthier. Young people are moreconnected and empowered than ever before. But, there are many left behind, and muchmore has to be done to ensure a world in which all individuals can exercise their basichuman rights.

In 2018, UNFPA launched efforts to achieve three transformative results, ambitions thatpromise to change the world for every man, woman and young person: Ending unmet needfor family planning, ending preventable maternal death and Ending gender-based violenceand harmful practices.

The Fund adopts a human rights-based approach throughout itswork. Focus is on women and young people, because these are the groups whose rightsoften go unfulfilled. Understanding local cultural complexities is crucial to the success oftheir work because many of the issues UNFPA deals with – including sexual andreproductive health and rights – are sensitive, sometimes taboo, subjects .UNFPA amplifies its impact by empowering governments to deliver on their promises towomen and young people. It accomplishes this by providing data and analysis to showwhere countries are falling short, by mobilizing resources and expertise, by advocatingdirectly with government officials or in public forums and through training and monitoring.They participate in regional and international meetings and forums that enhance knowledgeabout and commitment to their issues.

UNFPA consists of 193 state members and works in more than 150 countries and territories,partners with governments, civil society and other agencies to advance its mission. Inaccordance with the strategic direction of UNFPA and in line with General Assemblyresolution 70/1 on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the strategic plan willseek to ensure that no one will be left behind and that the furthest behind will be reachedfirst.

The UNFPA headquarters are located in New York.


 

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