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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a UN organization. The UNFPA says it "is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled”. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and part of its executive committee.

Member countries 193 member states
Report State of world population

Focus area of work

  • Improvement of reproductive health;
  • Voluntarily plan and have the number of children they desire and to avoid unwanted pregnancies
  • Avoid spreading sexually transmitted infections
  • Undergo safe pregnancy and childbirth
  • Stop violence against women
  • Increase the equality of women
  • Campaign against child marriage, obstetric fistula and female genital mutilation.
  • Creation of national strategies and protocols, and birth control by providing supplies and services.

Regional outreach

The UNFPA supports programs in more than 150 countries including geographic regions:
  • Asia and the Pacific,
  • Arab States and Europe,
  • Latin America and the Caribbean,
  • Sub-Saharan Africa.

UNFPA role in Sustainable development goals

In September 2015, United Nations unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals aiming to transform the world over the next 15 years.
These goals are designed-
  • To eliminate poverty and discrimination,
  • Stop abuse and preventable deaths
  • Focus on steps that address environmental destruction
  • Usher in an era of development for all people, everywhere.

UNFPA works with governments, partners and other UN agencies to directly tackle many of these goals:

  • Goal 3 on health
  • Goal 4 on education
  • Goal 5 on gender equality
  • Contributes in a variety of ways to achieving many of the other goals.